Snowshoe for Peru is Feb. 6 |

Snowshoe for Peru is Feb. 6

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EAGLE COUNTY — Snowshoe enthusiasts of all ages and fitness levels are invited to participate in the third annual Snowshoe for Peru 5K, set for Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. at Sylvan Lake State Park near Eagle. The event will benefit Corazon de Esperanza, a non-profit organization that provides hope to orphaned children, at-risk teens and impoverished women of Northern Peru.

“With the new improvements we have made to the course, it will bring even more enjoyment to the participants this year,” event organization Robyn Hanson said. “We invite snowshoers of all fitness levels to come, bring a friend and sign up as an individual or a family.”

Inspired by Experience

Hanson, a Gypsum resident, is a teacher in the Eagle County School District. She first visited Peru in 2006. Overwhelmed with the needs of the children and women she met, she later spent a year volunteering with an orphanage there and returned home to Gypsum with five siblings she and her husband adopted from that orphanage.

Event proceeds will help support youth services, educational sponsorships, women’s programs, short-term mission trips and the volunteer programs of Corazon de Esperanza.

“Our desire is to educate and provide resources so that children and youth can become productive citizens. We also help to train women in sustainable vocations and programs,” Hanson said.

Another project facilitated by the organization is Hogar Luz de Vida, a transitional home for at-risk teens. It is the first of its kind in Northern Peru to exclusively provide a home for older youth who have aged out of orphan care. The services provided are designed to foster self-sufficiency in order to help youth make the difficult transition from orphanage care to independent living.

Registration for Snowshoe for Peru 5K is $25 or $30 on the day of the race. You may register online at http://www.corazondees Please call 303-801-8958 for more information or visit the Corazon de Esperanza Facebook event page, Snowshoe for Peru 5K.

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