New sports club supports exercise for a good cause |

New sports club supports exercise for a good cause

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – The Vail Valley Foundation’s latest project gives people a chance to support a good cause and get in a good workout.

The Vail Valley Foundation Sports Club is the brainchild of board members Steve Virostek and Mike Noell, both of whom are avid athletes. The idea of a way for people to get together to participate in sports from hiking to biking to Nordic skiing and more came from the times when Noell was visiting the valley.

Noell’s an accomplished skier, so when his wife and kids would go off to ski school, he didn’t really know anyone he could call for a day on the black runs.

“We felt the valley was lacking a year-round, focused activities group,” Noell said.

Talking about the possibility of putting a sports group together, Noell and Virostek also thought about ways to help increase the foundation’s base of donors.

The two ideas meshed, and the foundation’s Sports Club was born.

Members contribute $1,000 per year – $1,500 for couples – and get the opportunity to participate in 14 summer events and 12 winter events. And, Virostek said, there have already been a few informal meet-ups of current members, all of whom are linked by email.

The group has already participated in one event, the March 17 America’s Uphill at Aspen. Virostek was one of the participants, and proudly said that the Vail-based team dominated the event, winning by more than 30 minutes.

The next planned event is a bike ride, set for June 9, and Virostek said there may be 30 or more members on board by then.

Noell said the club’s first-year goal is 50 members, and he’s optimistic about exceeding that number.

While the club obviously caters to high-caliber athletes – valley adventure-sports king Mike Kloser is a member and adviser – Virostek said the club is open to people of all abilities.

On the June 9 bike ride, Virostek said he expects the front of the group to set an aggressive pace, but added that those who want to take a more leisurely ride will be welcome as well.

Club member Brad Quayle will probably be somewhere in the middle of the pack on that June 9 ride. Quayle, who has a long association with the foundation and its programs, said he was quick to sign up when he received an email from Virostek about the club.

“It’s a group of like-minded people out to enjoy the Rockies and stay in shape,” Quayle said. “It’s fun to be out with folks who share the same interests.”

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