Tubbs Romp to Stomp out Breast Cancer raises $29,000
FRISCO – A reverberating cannon shot signaled the start of the Tubbs Romp to Stomp out Breast Cancer Saturday.
The event, in its second year, more than doubled the number of inaugural participants and raised $29,000.
“It was a great day. I think everyone really had a good time,” said Joan Davids, one of the event organizers. “The community really pulled together on it, so it was great.”
The money will go to the Denver affiliate of the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer foundation, which supports breast cancer education and treatment. A portion of the money will find its way back to Summit County.
The fundraiser, which drew almost 1,000 participants from around the state, consisted of a 3K “Fun Race” and a 3K or 5K walk. The latter was by far the larger of the two events.
Chris Keating of Copper Mountain won the 3K race with a time of 15 minutes, 1 second.
“It was beautiful, perfect,” he said. “Couldn’t have been better.”
The victory was significant for Keating, who said he had never won anything before. Keating came in second at last year’s race.
“It’s a really good cause, and I wanted to win it this year,” he said. “It’s just a lot of fun, too. I love racing in snowshoes.”
Keating participates in the annual “Race for the Cure” breast cancer fundraiser in Denver.
Most of the people who came to the fundraiser, which was held at the Frisco Nordic Center, participated in the casual walk.
Alan Bravo was one of those participants. Bravo raised a significant amount of money for last year’s event, and came back again to do the same thing this year.
“It’s just a beautiful place to spend a day doing something for a good cause,” he said. “I bet it gets bigger every year.”
Bravo noted the increase in the number of men who participated in the event, but the vast majority of the snowshoers were women.
Although it affects men as well, breast cancer is known predominately as a women’s disease.
“I have friends that have died or been recently diagnosed (with breast cancer),” said B.J. Garcia.
Many of the snowshoers were in the same situation. That was poignantly evident by the number of participants wearing pink signs dedicating their performance “in memory of” or “in celebration of” a friend of loved one who was affected by the disease.
“I came out to support the cause and enjoy the exercise and sunshine, and to be an example to the younger girls,” said Amy Woessner. “The camaraderie is my favorite part.”
Two of those younger girls are Summit Cove sisters Marie and Julie Oberriter.
Marie and her younger sister competed in the 3K race, staying together and posting times of 24:21 and 24:22, respectively.
The sisters got involved with the event because their mother, Angel, is a member of the Curves for Women team, one of the major sponsors.
Potential for future growth
If Tubbs event director Paul Adams has anything to do with it, the dramatic increase in participation will happen again next year.
“This has been better than expected,” said Adams, who noted that 666 people had pre-registered for the event. Last year there was a total of around 650 participants.
“We’ve definitely just got the word out more,” he said.
Tubbs is the world’s largest snowshoe manufacturer. Adams said in the past three years, there has been a 300 percent increase in the growth of the women’s snowshoe market.
“The partnership really works out for everyone,” said Adams, referring to Tubbs’ partnership with the Komen foundation. “I consider myself very lucky because through my occupation, I can help a charity that is near and dear to my heart.”
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