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By Greg Rulon and Stacey K. Kelly | Agent in Snowmass Village, CO

Fallen Friends 2013

“There are only two ways to live your life.

One is as though nothing is a miracle.

The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

~Albert Einstein.

Last year the untimely death of Sarah Burke reminded all of those within the winter sports community of the many unsung and far too early deaths of friends, colleagues and fellow-athletes. In a special tribute to her, and in order to ensure that remarkable people like Sarah are remembered properly, athletes in Aspen will come together to participate in the Fallen Friends Memorial Event this March. Five years ago the debut event was organized to help those within the winter sports community mourn their friends and fellow athletes, and to celebrate their lives.

Sadly, this year more names will be added to list of those remembered, including snowmobiler Caleb Moore. Moore died in the midst of this year’s X-Games, while performing a backflip on his snowmobile. Moore was a four-time medalist in the X-Games and competed with his brother Colten Moore in extreme sports competitions all over the world. Both brothers began on ATV’s and moved into snowmobile competitions in 2010. Caleb Moore was described by ESPN in his athlete’s bio as having gone from ‘beginner’s luck’ to a ‘serious threat.’ His natural abilities enabled him to learn trick snowmobiling in just two weeks and to be prepared to perform in his first X-Games with less than one month of practice.

While the occasion for gathering is one of profound sadness, event organizers have sought to capture the energy, spirit and vivaciousness of these fallen athletes in a day of fun and celebration of their lives and their contributions to winter sports. Twenty-seven teams in costume will compete before a panel of judges for a wide assortment of prizes from ‘Best Costume,’ to ‘Best Trick’ and everything in between.

Registration will open the day of the event, March 23rd, at 9:30 a.m. at the base of Aspen Highlands, where the event will take place, and costs $25 per person. Competition will begin at 12:00 sharp, and will continue until 2 p.m. Awards will be handed out at 2:15. The Merry Go Round restaurant will provide food and drink specials during the event. Last year 102 people competed in the event and contributed to the fun, dynamic event Coordinators and members from the community hope that this year will garner even more attendance and interest as these athletes remember their friends and fellow competitors in a unique and remarkable tribute.

As an added bonus, all proceeds from this event go toward scholarships for the Aspen Valley Ski Club. Last year over $4,000 was raised. Event coordinators hope to earn double this amount this year to benefit young, local winter athletes.

It is the mountain lifestyle that binds the community of Aspen and Snowmass Village together in an unending bond. In memory of those who have passed in 2013, on behalf of Greg Rulon and his team we offer our most sincere condolences, prayers and we thank you for the miracles. www.GregRulon.com

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