Love and Light 10K in honor of Lauren Hoover comes to Breck, June 18 |

Love and Light 10K in honor of Lauren Hoover comes to Breck, June 18

Love and Light Moonlight 10K

What: The first-annual benefit 10K on the Breckenridge rec path for Lauren Hoover, a well-known local who died in March following a car accident on Swan Mountain Road

When: Saturday, June 18 at 8 p.m.

Where: North Gondola lot start line, 203 Main Street in Breckenridge

Cost: $40 for adults, $15 for kids

The event is open to runners of all ages. Dogs and strollers are welcome. The finish line at Summit High School will have lights, music, prizes, a raffle and awards for top runners, along with juice from LoLo Juice. All participants receive a custom finisher buff and a headlamp. For more info or to register, stop by Vertical Runner or see the page by searching “Love and Light Moonlight 10K.”

This full moon is for Lauren.

As soon as the moon begins to shine on June 18 — not quite the full moon, but close — Vertical Runner plays host to the first-annual Love and Light 10K, a benefit run on the Breckenridge recpath in honor of Lauren Hoover. The 26-year-old local died on March 23, just three weeks after a head-on collision at Swan Mountain Road left her in a coma at a Denver-area hospital. She was an avid runner and yogi, the sort who regularly woke at dawn to snowboard, finish a run before heading to class at Meta Yoga Studios in Breckenridge or her job as a budtender at Breckenridge Cannabis Company, then High Country Healing.

The Love and Light 10K begins at 8 p.m. Registration is $40 for adults and $15 for kids. All proceeds from the event will be donated to a Colorado Mountain College fund in Hoover’s name. Participants can also donate to the GoFundMe page created to offset medical bills from her three weeks in the hospital.

The organizers, Drew and Molly Mikita of Vertical Runner, encourage everyone to wear as many lights as possible — glow sticks, headlamps, reflectors, you name it — along with plenty of pink, Hoover’s favorite color. The event is open to runners of all ages, including dogs and folks with strollers, with prizes for top finishers and a post-race raffle.

All participants will run the same route, beginning at North Gondola lot near Main Street before weaving along the recpath to the finish at Summit High School. It was one of Hoover’s favorite routes — a fun, flowy, mellow run on a slight downhill next to the Blue River — and, under the moonlight, ends with live music and food under the lights at Tigers Stadium at the high school.

“She did it (ran) purely because she loved being active, loved moving all the time,” said Max Gorodesky, a manager at BCC, shortly after Hoover passed. “Doing anything with her, it just became so much more fun.”

Hoover’s death was a shock to the entire Summit community. She was well-known across the nation for her role as the “ganga smoking yogi” of “High Profits,” the CNN documentary series that followed the first year of legal weed at BCC, yet friends and family remember her as much more than a budtender. After moving to Breckenridge from her hometown of Colorado Springs, she quickly fell in step with mountain life and made quick friends, including Ali Nitka, another manager at BCC, and Brandon Austin, her fiancé.

“She cared about everybody, and accepted and loved everybody for who they were,” Austin told the Summit Daily. “She wanted everybody to be themselves. … She was just like a light to everybody.”

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