On February 8, the American Lung Association and Bolton Valley Ski Resort present the annual Bolton Valley Snowshoe Shuffle 5k. Experience with snowshoes is not required; participants have the option of walking or running the 3.1 mile course through the woods. Anyone who raises $100 or more will receive a free alpine ski pass from Bolton Valley.
“This is our fifth year hosting the Snowshoe Shuffle 5k as part of a partnership with Bolton Valley Ski Resort,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast. “It is a unique event that allows us to showcase the beauty of Vermont in the winter and tie it in with an athletic event that anyone can be a part of. Most importantly, the money raised supports the Lung Association’s mission and helps fund valuable lung disease research, educational programs and advocacy efforts right here in Vermont.”
Pre-registration is just $35 and includes a drawstring backpack while supplies last; registration increases to $40 on the day of the race. Snowshoe rentals will be available for just $5. An awards ceremony at Bolton Valley lodge will follow the event and prizes will be given to the top three male and female runners and top individual and team fundraisers.
Corey Hevrin, Leadership Board Chair for the American Lung Association in Vermont, has been a part of the Snowshoe Shuffle since its inception. “It’s great to be able to get out, be active and enjoy the fresh air all while supporting the mission we all care about,” said Hevrin. “What’s more is that the money raised helps support the efforts of the American Lung Association – a cause we all care about – as they work hard to reduce the burden of lung disease on not only Vermonters, but all Americans.”
Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in Vermont, and across the country. More than 55,000 Vermont adults are living with asthma, in addition to another 10,000 children under the age of 18. In fact, since 2007, Vermont has had some of the highest asthma rates in the country. It has also been reported by the American Lung Association that more than 25,000 Vermonters are living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, which refers to a group of lung diseases – including emphysema and chronic bronchitis – that block airflow and make breathing difficult. All proceeds from the 2014 Bolton Valley Snowshoe Shuffle support the Lung Association’s research, education and advocacy efforts.
Sponsorship opportunities are available at various levels. Please call (802) 876-6861 with any questions. Create a team, join an existing team or make a donation at go.lungne.org/Snowshoe2014.