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Duchess Ride combines boards and bowling for fundraiser at Bol in Vail Village

Duchess Ride is hosting a benefit today at Bol, in Vail's Solaris. The new non-profit aims to encourage and empower girls by getting them involved with board sports.
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What: Duchess Ride bowling benefit.

When: 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23.

Where: Bol, 141 E. Meadow Drive, Unit 114, in the Solaris building, Vail.

Cost: $25.

More information: The women of Duchess Ride want to inspire girls to worry less about fitting into the glass slipper and more about shattering glass ceilings and want to accomplish this through board sports such as skateboarding and snowboarding. Go to http://www.duchessride.org.

VAIL — If you’ve never been skateboarding and bowling at the same time, then here’s an event for you.

The Duchess Ride founders — Claire Altenau, Carley Finke, Jaime Schulte and Carissa Bisnar — are combining skateboards, snowboards and bowling tonight at Bol in Vail. The goal is to raise money and awareness for their new nonprofit, Duchess Ride.

Speaking of raising awareness, beginning Saturday, Oct. 10, they’ll skate from Santa Barbara’s Skaters Point to the United States-Mexico border, around 300 miles. They figure it’ll take two weeks, but there’s no deadline, Altenau said.

“We wanted to do something like this, and we decided to do it in Southern California,” Altenau said.

Their reasoning is unassailable: There are lots of people there, lots of skateboard and snowboard manufacturers, and two of them are from Southern California.

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Then there’s this:

“Duchess Ride is designed to inspire tenacity in young women through participating and progression in board sports,” Altenau said.

Why bowling? The Bol manager has twin daughters who are ripping snowboarders, and she asked the Duchesses to hold their next fundraiser at her place. So they are.

“We are so stoked to have snowboards from Never Summer to auction,” Bisnar said. “What better way to get ready for this upcoming winter season than having some fresh gear and goodies from all of the awesome companies, who have donated to our cause?”

The festivities will start with a free keg, donated by Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. The silent auction has all the gear to outfit you for either snowboarding or skateboarding, or both, Altenau said.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

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