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Summit for Life is returning to Aspen Mountain IN-PERSON this year! But, don't worry: we will continue to celebrate the event virtually as well, offering the opportunity to participate from wherever you are! That's right...the 2021 Summit for Life is now in-person AND virtual! That means this year's "Kickoff to Winter" will be even bigger and better than ever.
The Chris Klug Foundation's annual Summit for Life is a nighttime uphill race up Aspen Mountain, a virtual challenge, and the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Chris Klug Foundation (CKF). Our mission is to raise awareness of the lifesaving gift of organ, eye & tissue donation. By participating in Summit for Life (S4L), you are helping us spread this message and make a difference for the 108,000 people awaiting a transplant in the United States today. Registration for S4L has sold out the past eight years, so sign up today and start fundraising for this great cause. Each participant who raises the $100 minimum—either in-person or virtually—will receive a racer bag that includes gift cards, CKF swag, prizes and more! So, without further ado, let's break it down:
IN-PERSON SUMMIT FOR LIFE:
On Saturday, December 4th, CKF is hosting our 16th annual Summit for Life nighttime uphill race on Aspen Mountain. Participants will meet in Gondola Plaza at the base of the mountain at 5:00 PM MT—and the race begins at 5:30! Hike, skin, or snowshoe your way up the 3,267 vertical feet to the top of Aspen Mountain, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, in beautiful Aspen, Colorado.
Once you've made it to the summit, join us for a post-race party at the Sundeck Restaurant, with dinner provided by The Little Nell, live music, a prize giveaway, and an awards ceremony where we will be honoring our 2020 & 2021 Bounce Back Give Back Award recipients, recognizing our top fundraisers with special prizes, and presenting awards to our top race finishers.
Did we mention? You can also register with your buddies as a team! If you belong to a gym, work for a company, volunteer with an organization...you name it. Get a group together, pick a team name, and start training for the climb to raise awareness for organ, eye & tissue donation!
All registered participants will receive a commemorative 2021 Summit for Life T-shirt and neck buff with their registration. Those that fundraise get entered into the special prize giveaway! If you're one of our lucky winners of a giveaway item, you can pick up your prize right there at the Sundeck after the race, during the post-race party.
*Note: Health and safety remain a top priority for the Chris Klug Foundation and our Summit for Life event. Due to the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working in close partnership with Aspen Skiing Company and public health officials in Pitkin County to ensure appropriate health and safety protocols. We will be sending any updates to all registered 2021 S4L participants, if changes are necessary.
VIRTUAL SUMMIT FOR LIFE:
As a 2021 Summit for Life virtual participant, you decide how you want to virtually "summit" Aspen Mountain, anywhere and anytime: whether it's hiking up a hill, using the stair-master, running at an incline on the treadmill—the possibilities are endless! Climb the 3,267-vertical-foot ascent at your own pace and on your own time. This year's Summit for Life event starts on November 25th and ends on December 4th, with a livestream of the in-person S4L post-race awards ceremony on our Facebook page and YouTube channel!
The equivalent of Aspen Mountain's 3,267-vertical-foot ascent is 5,600 steps or 273 flights of stairs. You can climb stairs, flights of stairs, or even dust off that old stair climber in the corner of your gym—as long as you log the feet (or meters), it's completely up to you! Pro tip: you don't have to run or walk each day (phew!), you just have to finish the total vertical ascent in ten days. You'll be able to log your feet/meters, track your progress, and check the leaderboard daily. We'll also be sharing the best photos that you guys post on social media, so wear something fun, snap a pic or take a video, tag us and give a shoutout to CKF and organ donation!
You can have a team for the virtual race too! Sign up with your friends and take on the virtual ten-day challenge together.
As a registered participant, you will receive a commemorative 2021 Summit for Life T-shirt and neck buff with your registration. Everyone that fundraises gets entered into the special prize giveaway! If you're local to the Aspen area, we will be hosting a pickup location for your prize at the CKF offices located at the Red Brick Center for the Arts. If you're not local, we'll be shipping your items to you. Just let us know what you prefer when you sign up! Registration ends on December 4th at 8 PM MT.
SUMMIT FOR LIFE EVENT SCHEDULE:
Thursday, November 25 - Saturday, December 4th: Virtual Summit for Life
This year's virtual Summit for Life event starts on November 25th and ends on December 4th, giving participants ten days to complete the 3,267-vertical-foot challenge and fundraise on behalf of CKF. On the night of the in-person event, we will be livestreaming our awards ceremony on our Facebook page and YouTube channel. Tune in to see if you are one of our lucky prize winners, a top racer, or fundraiser. Registration for the virtual Summit for Life ends on December 4th at 8 PM MT.
Friday, December 3rd: Wine & Dine
Our in-person Summit for Life celebrations begin with a fundraising dinner at 7908 Supper Club in downtown Aspen. While we are still keeping health and safety as our top priority, Friday night's Wine & Dine event will return this year as an intimate dinner where fundraisers and friends of the foundation can meet and mingle with our 2020 & 2021 Bounce Back Give Back Award winners.
Saturday, December 4th: In-Person Summit for Life
In this exciting event, participants race from the base of Aspen Mountain all the way to the top! Racers will climb 3,267 vertical feet, over the course of 2.5 miles—at night! All participants will receive a racer bag valued at over $100 in prize giveaways and top racers and fundraisers will be awarded for their efforts with amazing prizes! The post-race party at the summit will include dinner by The Little Nell, live music, and awards presented by liver transplant recipient and Olympic medalist, Chris Klug.
Saturday, December 4th: Ride for Life
Skip the in-person uphill hike and ride the Silver Queen Gondola straight to the summit! Enjoy dinner prepared by The Little Nell, live music, awards, and most importantly, cheer on the racers while standing next to the bonfire as they come across the finish line!
100% of fundraising, donations, and net proceeds will go to benefit the Chris Klug Foundation!
The Chris Klug Foundation (CKF) advocates for organ, eye & tissue donation by educating others on its importance, inspiring those touched by donation and registering more organ donors nationwide.
As a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in the tiny town of Aspen, Colorado, we definitely have our work cut out for us. But it's through the awesome enthusiasm and kindness of our supporters that we thrive (18 years strong!) and accomplish our goals. Right now in the United States, approximately 107,000 people are awaiting a lifesaving transplant, with another name added every 10 minutes. On average, 20 people die each day from a lack of available organs for transplant. Although 95% of Americans support organ donation, only 54% are registered as organ donors. We want to change this. We want to eliminate the wait for a second chance at life through registering, educating, and inspiring more people nationwide. Your tax-deductible donation will help us accomplish this goal and save lives.
IN-PERSON SUMMIT FOR LIFE:
Registration for the in-person Summit for Life uphill event is $50. Price of registration increases to $75 starting December 1st. Each participant has a minimum fundraising commitment of $100, but...if you fundraise more than the minimum, your name is entered for a chance to win a SUPER awesome prize in our Summit for Life prize giveaway! On top of that, each time you fundraise $25 over $100, your name is re-entered into the giveaway! That means the more you fundraise, the higher chance you have of winning a great prize! (Ex: if you fundraise $300, your name gets added to the pool EIGHT times!) Your registration fee gets refunded when you fundraise more than $400. Boom. That's right. Move over fundraising minimum, 'cause you've got competition.
Registered participants who do not reach the $100 fundraising minimum by Monday, December 13th will be charged the remaining funds. This also applies to those who register for the uphill (not the Ride for Life) and do not participate.
VIRTUAL SUMMIT FOR LIFE:
Registration for the virtual Summit for Life uphill race is $25. Each participant has a minimum fundraising commitment of $50, but...if you fundraise more than the minimum, your name is entered for a chance to win a SUPER awesome prize in our Summit for Life prize giveaway! On top of that, each time you fundraise $25 over $100, your name is re-entered into the giveaway! That means the more you fundraise, the higher chance you have of winning a great prize! (Ex: if you fundraise $300, your name gets added to the pool EIGHT times!) Your registration fee gets refunded when you fundraise more than $200.
Registered participants who do not reach the $50 fundraising minimum by Monday, December 13th will be charged the remaining funds. This also applies to those who register for the virtual uphill and do not participate.
RIDE FOR LIFE:
Registration for the in-person Ride for Life via Aspen Mountain's Silver Queen Gondola is $50. Price of registration increases to $75 starting December 1st. Each participant has a minimum fundraising commitment of $100, but...if you fundraise more than the minimum, your name is entered for a chance to win a SUPER awesome prize in our Summit for Life prize giveaway! On top of that, each time you fundraise $25 over $100, your name is re-entered into the giveaway! That means the more you fundraise, the higher chance you have of winning a great prize! (Ex: if you fundraise $300, your name gets added to the pool EIGHT times!) Your registration fee gets refunded when you fundraise more than $300.
Registered attendees who do not reach the $50 fundraising minimum by Monday, December 13th will be charged the remaining funds. This also applies to those who register for the Ride for Life and do not attend.
All 2021 Summit for Life fundraising goes toward the Chris Klug Foundation. We are extremely grateful for all the efforts you put into fundraising for our organization. We may be small, but we are mighty and your support gives us that strength. To learn more about where these donations go, visit https://chrisklugfoundation.org/financials.
Hey, as a nonprofit, we get it. Asking for money is hard. That's why we're sharing some of our best tips and tricks for successful fundraising:
The most important thing to remember is that fundraising is all about helping others connect an existing passion of theirs directly to your cause.
Each year, a collection of fantastic companies and local businesses donate to our Summit for Life prize giveaway. Check back at a later date to see some of the cool prizes you can win for fundraising over the minimum of $25! Here are some of our prizes from last year's virtual Summit for Life event:
If you are interested in donating a giveaway prize item, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For both the Summit for Life in-person and virtual races, prizes will be awarded to the fastest participant in 5 categories:
Prizes will be given to the winners, regardless of whether they completed the uphill race in-person or virtually. If a winner participates in-person, their prize will be awarded to them during the post-race awards ceremony at the Sundeck Restaurant. If a winner participates virtually, their prize will be shipped to winners to them after the event.
Do I have to be in/from Colorado to do the virtual Summit for Life event?
No, you do not have to be in or from Colorado to do the virtual Summit for Life event. Anyone can participate, no matter where you live!
How do I record my vertical ascent if I'm doing Summit for Life virtually?
You can record your vertical ascent in feet or meters using this link: https://runsignup.com/Race/RegistrationLookup/?raceId=98150&renderMode=results_mode. You can do it daily or you can do it at the end of the ten days. Whatever works for you!
For the virtual uphill, do I have to run/walk up an actual mountain, hill, slope, etc.?
No! You can run or walk up flights of stairs at your house, on the stair-master, at an incline on the treadmill—any way you can get those vertical feet or meters!
Does my vertical ascent count before November 25th, if I'm participating in the virtual Summit for Life uphill?
No, the only feet/meters that count are the ones you complete between November 25th to December 4th. Results must be in by 1:00 PM MT on December 4th!
Can I run/walk multiple times a day as part of my vertical ascent for the virtual uphill?
Yes, dividing up your vertical ascent several times a day counts too!
Common Troubleshooting Questions for Recording Vertical Ascent
For the virtual Summit for Life, I need to record a second race entry towards my total vertical ascent, but I keep submitting it and my first entry disappears. How do I fix it?
In this example, you are overwriting your first race entry. Instead, keep the data the same for the first entry and click 'Add Another Activity' in order to add your second entry. You will continue to do this every time you add another entry.
I got my link, but I'm confused on how to log my vertical ascent for the virtual uphill.
Use the 'Participant Lookup' page to look up your race registration: https://runsignup.com/Race/RegistrationLookup/?raceId=98150&renderMode=results_mode.
I did not get my link. How do I log my vertical ascent for the virtual Summit for Life?
Some email servers block our emails to you. If you do not have your daily link, you can use this link: https://runsignup.com/Race/RegistrationLookup/?raceId=98150&renderMode=results_mode. Keep in mind, you MUST BE LOGGED INTO THE RUNSIGNUP ACCOUNT THAT YOU USED TO REGISTER FOR THE RACE BEFORE YOU DO ANY OF THE STEPS IN THE VIDEO. (You can now also log your vertical ascent using your email or phone number without being logged in).
When I search my name, it does not come up to enter virtual results or it says I don't have permission?
You must be logged into the same RunSignup account that you registered with.
I don't see the date when I try to log my results for the virtual uphill. Why not?
Once you get to the 'Results' page, you must click 'Add Another Activity'. You must do this every time you log a new activity. The time and distance on the right is the total time and distance of your vertical ascent. This will be added automatically to your total vertical ascent and percentage completed.
I completed another section of my vertical ascent today towards the virtual Summit for Life. How do I enter a second entry of results?
On the 'Results' page, choose 'Add Another Activity'. DO NOT OVERWRITE THE PREVIOUS ACTIVITY OR IT WILL DISAPPEAR. Each time you complete a section of your vertical ascent, you must click 'Add Another Activity'. For example, if you completed a portion of your ascent once per day over 4 days, you will see all 4 activities in the 'Submit Results' page at the end of your ascent.
I made a mistake on entering my results. How do I change it?
You can go in and overwrite the mistake. Do not re-enter it again correctly. You must overwrite the incorrect data.
I entered my results, but I don't see them in the listing.
The results may take a few minutes to update after they are entered.
Someone else registered me under their account. How do I move my registration to my own account?
Here is a link to an article that will explain how to move a sub-account over to another user. Follow the section titled: "Transfer Sub-Account To Another Existing Account": https://help.runsignup.com/support/solutions/articles/17000062878-access-manage-a-sub-account.
I am listed as anonymous in the results. Why?
When you create an account, you have an option to be listed as anonymous in the results. If you do not want this, go into your RunSignup profile and click 'Edit Profile'. You will see a checkbox at the bottom that you must UNCHECK to be listed publicly.
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