Sunlight gets its 15 minutes of fame with 24 Hours
Around 100 athletes recently stepped up for the Heuga Center for multiple sclerosis on the weekend of Feb. 11.Then those athletes slid down and stepped up again – over and over for 24 hours.The 24 Hours of Sunlight had no shortage of success in its inaugural season.Athletes set world records for human-powered vertical feet skied and snowboarded in a day. Equally as important, the event raised $15,000 for the Heuga Center.Competitors came from around North America to participate in the unique event. Greg Hill – who now shares the world record of 50,100 vertical feet skied with fellow racer Jimmy Faust of Crested Butte – made the long trip from British Columbia, Canada, to participate. Cancer survivor Jonathan Baker, of Salt Lake City, set the world mark for snowboarding with 20,125 vertical feet.An international event with a couple of world records – not bad for the little resort of Sunlight.The brainchild of Aspenite Mike Marolt, the 24 Hours of Sunlight is representative of the active residents of Garfield County and the Roaring Fork Valley. Marolt, Sunlight, Granny Gear Productions, RealTime Marketing and the many volunteers deserve a pat on the back for getting the inaugural event off the ground and through the day (and night) without a hitch. Judging from the responses of those involved, a second annual 24 Hours of Sunlight is in the offing next season.As the event grows, it’s likely some new records will be set and more money will be raised for worthy causes. The only thing that won’t grow is the number of hours. Just ask the competitors if 24 hours is enough:”I’ve always felt like my thirst (for skiing) hasn’t been quenched all season,” Faust said after the event. “I think we quenched it today.”
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