Frisco’s Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer on March 7
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Summit County, CO Colorado
The seventh annual Tubbs Romp to Stomp out Breast Cancer, one of the largest snowshoe events in the nation, is set for March 7 at the Frisco Nordic Center, and organizers are encouraging participants to register early ” or risk being shut out.
Event organizers announced Thursday that a participation cap of 2,000 will be placed on the event, and registration is up this year nearly 80 percent over last year.
Day-of-event registration likely will not be available.
The event, which last year attracted some 2,200 snowshoers and raised more than $131,000 for the Denver affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is expected to sell out, according to site coordinator Joan Davids.
“It is major,” she said. “We are looking to raise over $125,000, but will need everyone’s help.”
Frisco ” one of five communities across the country to host such an event ” is an ideal setting, according to director Wendy Miller, because it is a short drive from Denver and offers scenic trails and plenty of room for gathering ” as well as great support from the town and the Frisco Nordic Center.
“The Frisco event grew by 400 participants from the year before to reach 2200” Miller said. “We think might be the largest snowshoe event in the world.”
The event attracts people like Vivian Peplinski, a Delta Airlines worker who flew with two co-workers from Salt Lake City to participate in Frisco and three other Romps around the country.
“The romp in Frisco last year was great. …Of course, we all know the reason for these Romp snowshoe events is very serious, and I wish there wasn’t the need,” said Peplinski, who has twin aunts who were diagnosed with breast cancer at the same time a few years ago and a cousin who was diagnosed last year.
“I’m hoping that better treatment, or, better yet, a cure (that) will wipe out this desease in our lifetime,” she said.
The 2009 series includes others events in New Jersey, Vermont, Utah and Oregon, but the Romp in Frisco typically raises the most money for breast-cancer research.
The Komen organization has given grants to the Summit Community Care Clinic to fund free mammography exams for uninsured and poor women. Additionally, the the foundation helped pay for new digital mammography machine at the Summit Medical Center.
All ages can participate in the Romp, as individuals or in teams of 10 or more people. The top three individuals in each category and the top team will receive prizes, and anyone raising more than $10 will be entered into a raffle.
Tubbs Snowshoes, the prime sponsor, will have a limited supply of snowshoes available for free use for participants.
The event will start at 7:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast for participants sponsored by Wells Fargo.
Coinciding with the Romp, Sacred Tree, a spa and center for integrated healthcare in Breckenridge, together with ResortQuest, is offering a free talk and interactive presentation about how healthy hormones interact with breast cancer.
The presentations are scheduled from 3-4:30 p.m. on March 7 and 9-10:30 a.m. on March 8.
Donations of $5 or more will be accepted for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and 10 percent of proceeds for these spa treatments also will be donated.
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