Letters to the editor
The town of Avon would like to thank everyone who came out to Nottingham Park to support the seventh annual High Country Triathlon and Duathlon on Sunday, Sept. 8.Participants from all around Colorado came to Avon to race in this year’s event. Despite the chilly morning, the sun did come out and 200 triathletes and 100 duathletes joined in the most scenic multi-sporting event in the state.The triathletes started the morning with an 800-yard swim, then joined the duathletes for a challenging bike ride through Bachelor’s Gulch and Beaver Creek and finished with a five-mile run along the river on the bike path to Arrowhead and back to the finish line in Nottingham Park.While the participants enjoyed a great pasta lunch catered by Cuisine Catering, there were great prizes raffled off. Awards were given out to the first, second and third place finishers in nine age groups. It was great to see the participants reach their goals.We would also like to thank Beaver Creek Resort, Bachelor Gulch, High Country Shirtworks, Timberland, KVBA-TV8, The Eagle, KSKI, Vail Daily, Event Marketing Group, Christie Lodge, Schneider-Maurer Foot and Ankle Associates, Mountain Pedaler of Vail, Alpine Vending & Video, Bakers Breakfast Cookie, Eagle County Ambulance District, Eagle River Fire District and all the volunteers for their support of this community event.Julie KessenichRace DirectorIke said it firstThank you for your letter, Jane Imber. My generation was given a warning very akin to the concerns expressed in your letter.”The MILITARY AND INDUSTRIAL complex of the UNITED STATES, left unchecked, will be a THREAT to our civil liberties and way of Life.” IKE (Dwight D. Eisenhower, president of the United States from 1-20-53 through 1-20-61.)The supreme commander of the Alllied forces during World War II was one of the first to raise this concern.! A Republican president!Nancy MinesConference centerWe have a clear choice on Nov. 5. We can be proactive and help to bring more visitors to Vail by voting for the conference center. When we don’t get enough snow, we turn to snowmaking for help. The conference center can be our “visitor-making” machine. The conference center already has a built in market – the large groups that that we turn away each year because the conference facilities in our hotels aren’t large enough to accommodate them.The best part is that the conference center can be built without any significant tax increase to Vail’s residents and the repayment of the bonds will not have to depend on whether or not the conference center is profitable.The benefit to our community through the conference center will come back to us in multiple ways: It will open up a huge new market – large groups. It will bring new visitors who will support local businesses. It will bring new visitors who otherwise would not come to Vail. And a majority of those visitors will return again and again. Many of these new visitors will also bring their families to Vail.Without the conference center the RENAISSANCE of Vail will be less than it can be. Let’s all VOTE to keep Vail No. 1. We all win.John Moore
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