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Shufflers not fooling around

Barbara Duncan
The snowshoe shuffle begins.

BEAVER CREEK – April Fool’s Day 2006 was one to remember in Beaver Creek as the 13th annual Snowshoe Shuffle brought over 1,000 enthusiasts to the top of the mountain in an effort to raise money for the Women’s Cancer Coalition. One of the largest snowshoe races in the country, the shuffle honors cancer survivors and celebrates lives of those who have lost their battle to the disease. Good nature and humor were abundant atop Beaver Creek Mountai, despite the threatening snowstorm. Alpine Bank’s 10-K and 5-K competitive shuffles brought athletes, jokers in costume, and visitors from around the county. Never short for words, local celebrities John Edwards and Jack Rabbit Joe entertained and eventually rounded up adults and children alike for the Vail Daily 1-mile shuffle. Beaver Creek’s John Garnsey and his ski patrollers kept all of the rowdy kindergarteners at bay and even managed to have a few patrol participants in the events. “Beaver Creek is very excited to have the snowshoe shuffle back on its home turf. It was a great success with the extraordinary turnout and all of the enthusiasm surrounding the event,” said Beaver Creek’s Mike Kloser. “We are really looking forward to many great years ahead with the Snowshoe Shuffle here in Beaver Creek.”The Women’s Cancer Coalition, supporting cancer prevention, education and early detection programs, offers full-service medical and radiation oncology services, specialized programs for treating cancer, and complimentary medicine and support services.

“In a valley that offers so much in terms of activities and events, we are thrilled that people have made the Snowshoe Shuffle one event of the year that they just can’t miss,” said Dara Bassock, who is in charge of special events for the Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation. “We are forever appreciative of all who have helped the Women’s Cancer Coalition fulfill their mission of providing cancer education, prevention, and early detection for the seven counties that the Shaw Regional Cancer Center touches.”….

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..Vail, Colorado

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