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Fund raiser set unofficial record

Lu Snyder

BRECKENRIDGE – The hockey teams were tied (538- 538) with two hours left to play.

Sunday wrapped the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center’s (BOEC) second annual Hockey Ultrathon and an unofficial world record – 101 hours of continuous hockey games.

“For people who are into skating, this is a dream come true,” said Lisa Seaman, BOEC special events and marketing manager.

According to Seaman, players are actually playing until they drop.

“People are laying on the ice ’cause they can’t skate anymore, they’re so tired,” she said. “But it’s a good tired.”

The event – made possible with the energy of 150 hockey players, 15 referees and about 30 volunteers – is a fund raiser for the BOEC. The nonprofit organization serves individuals with disabilities through its adaptive skiing and therapeutic wilderness programs.

“We give (them) the chance to get out and enjoy the things people in Summit County enjoy every day,” Seaman said.

Things were fairly subdued at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena in Breckenridge Sunday afternoon as the ultrathon approached its final game. Seaman said most players, including herself, were looking forward to sleeping soon.

Seaman was so tired, she wasn’t sure how many hockey games she had played in the past five days.

“Twelve? Fourteen?” she said. “I don’t know. I quit counting.”

When asked if she had slept in that time, Seaman said, “I’ve slept a couple hours here and there. I got one five-hour shift of sleep.”

Theoretically, each hockey player plays a game every six hours, for a total of 14 games in five days. But that’s a long time to get off of work, Seaman said, so some play fewer games and others play as many as 40.

Hockey players of all ages and abilities came out for the Ultrathon this year.

On Saturday, the youngest player (age 6) was out on the ice with the oldest player, a 78-year-old, “and everything in between, playing together,” Seaman said. That was “one of the coolest things,” she said.

“We’ve got a lot of women, a lot of kids and a lot of guys,” Seaman said of the hockey lovers who volunteered their time for the fund raiser. “It was pretty well balanced.”

The Ultrathon wrapped up at 5 p.m. Sunday, followed by a party “for the sleep-deprived” to celebrate the unofficial world record.

Will they try for a new record next year?

“I don’t foresee us going for a longer time next year,” Seaman said. Five days is a big commitment, especially for those who work full-time, she explained. It’s more likely they’ll shorten the event, to make it a more sustainable, yearly event.

Last year, the BOEC raised approximately $40,000 in an 80-hour hockey ultrathon. Despite this year’s longer hours, Seaman said, event officials expect to raise about the same as they did last year because costs have increased proportionally with monies raised.

Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or lsnyder@summitdaily.com


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