Randonee race slated for Crested Butte

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Wilson, Wyo. (press release) - Life-Link announces the addition of Crested Butte to the 2003 Life-Link/DynafitSki Mountaineering Race Series.

"Crested Butte is known for great backcountryskiing and also for the great athletes who live there. We are excited to haveCrested Butte become a part of our ski mountaineering race series." states JohnScott, Executive Vice-President of Life-Link International. "Crested Butte isvery excited about the opportunity to debut a Randonnee Rally in Colorado," saidGina Kroft, Crested Butte Mountain's VP, event management. "Crested Butte Mountain will offer a spectacular venue for this event showcasing its legendaryExtreme Limits terrain while featuring the country's best all-around skimountaineering and endurance athletes in this emerging sport. We're proud to beassociated with such fine partners asLife-link and Dynafit," boasts Kroft.

The series kicks off at Whistler Blackcomb on January11. Crested Butte, Colorado is the next stop on February 16. The MarmotRandonnee Rally at Alpental, Washington on February 23, is next, followed byStevans Pass, Washington on March 9, and culminates in the North AmericanChampionships on March 22, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

The Life-Link/Dynafit Ski Mountaineering Race Series tests the competitor'sendurance, equipment and skiing skills while skinning up and skiing down some ofthe toughest terrain these resorts and their surrounding mountains have tooffer.

Life-Link is expecting a great response to the 2003 series. "If the editorialcoverage, increased amount of visitors to the Rally Page of Life-Link.com, thephone calls from racers, curious individuals and potential sponsors is anyindication, the 2003 series will well exceed our expectations," states ChristieWatts, the event manager.

Sponsoring the series are Marmot, Cloudveil, Petzl, Couloir, Off-Piste Magazine,Croakies, Mt. Hardwear, Suunto, Arc' teryx, Daggers, Boeri, Clif Bar, HoneyStinger, and Adventure Medical Kits. Check www.life-link.com for registration and course info.