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Snowshoe Shuffle Benefit Event for Cancer Returns to Beaver Creek, April 1, 2006.


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March 13, 2006

Beaver Creek, CO – (News Release) – Vail Valley Medical Center’s Foundation presents its thirteenth annual Snowshoe Shuffle at Beaver Creek Resort on Saturday, April 1, 2006. The Snowshoe Shuffle is one of the largest snowshoe events in North America with more than 1,000 participants expected to walk or run in 10K, 5K, 1K and one-mile events held at 9,500 feet on Beaver Creek Mountain. The Shuffle benefits cancerprevention, education and early detection programs in the Central Rockies.

Adults and children of all ages and abilities can enjoy McCoy Park’s spectacular mountain-top views during the competitive and non-competitive Alpine Bank 10K and 5K races and the Vail Daily one-mile shuffle. The Shuffle will also host a children’s 1K Fun Run for kids. The Shuffle also honors cancer survivors and celebrates the memories ofpeople that have lost their battle to the disease. About 70 percent of all participants run in honor of someone who has suffered from cancer, survived cancer, or lost their life to cancer. About 5 percent of race participants are cancer survivors themselves.

One hundred percent of net proceeds benefit the Women’s Cancer Coalition whose mission is to support cancer prevention, education and early detection programs at Vail Valley Medical Center which operates the Shaw Regional Cancer Center. The Shaw Regional Cancer Center, which serves a 7 county region in the Central Rockies of Colorado, offers full service medical and radiation oncology services, specialized programs for treating prostate and breast cancer, and complimentary medicine andsupportive cancer services.

Children’s Activities
Blue Creek Children’s Theater will offer free children’s entertainment for kids ages four to 12 during the Snowshoe Shuffle. Most kids will participate in the Kids K Fun Run prior to being escorted down to the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek Village, where Blue Creek Productions will entertain them while the parents race. Please note that non-skiingchildren under the age of three cannot ride on an open chair lift.

Cancer Community Dinner, March 31, 2006
This casual evening with friends is held annually the night before the race and includes a cash bar, help-yourself buffet, a guest speaker, music and prize giveaways/ drawings. Tables are $500 and individualtickets are $60 for adults, children 13 and under $20. Call the Vail Valley Medical Center at (970) 569-7511 for more information andtickets.

Free Parking
Free parking on April 1 is provided for participants at the Confluence Parking in Avon. From I-70, take the Avon Exit #167, go South under I-70, through 4 round-a-bouts (including the one as you get off the off ramp). After you pass under the Rail Road Bridge, take your first right turn on to Hurd Lane, follow this west along the eagle river (which will be to your left) for a short distance and it will lead you into theconfluence parking lot. Free shuttle buses will then transport guests to the Snowshoe Shuffle at Beaver Creek.

Races begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 1. Participants can register in advance at or by calling the Vail Valley Medical Center at (970) 569-7511. Registration forms are also available at Beaver Creek Resort, all Vail Valley Medical Center medical facilities throughout Eagle and Summit Counties and all Alpine Banklocations. Advance registration price is $35 per person for the 10K and 5K races. The Vail Daily one-mile Fun Run is $15. Day-of registration in McCoy Park is $45 (excluding the one-mile Fun Run). Complimentaryfoot passenger lift tickets will be provided on-site to participants to reach mountain-top McCoy Park.

For more information on Beaver Creek and spring lodging and ticket deals, visit or call (800) 404-3535 or (970) 845-9090.