Squaw Valley Mountain Run Saturday features Kim Carnes in concert
Lace up your running shoes or hiking boots (or your dancing shoes) and get ready to join the fun at the 21st annual Squaw Valley Mountain Run, Fitness Walk and Concert to benefit the fight against breast cancer, coming to Squaw Valley Saturday, Aug. 4.The festivities begin with the popular footrace, open to walkers and runners of all ages and abilities, which follows a challenging 3.6 mile scenic mountain road that climbs 2,000 feet from Squaw Valley’s Base Village, elevation 6,200′, to the High Camp Bath & Tennis Club, elevation 8,200′.The competitive portion of the run brings professional runners from around the world, each racing to break the current course records of 28:32 for the men and 33:34 for the women. The non-competitive Fitness Walk is open to individuals preferring to hike for health, fun and fitness.All participants receive a commemorative glass mug, refreshments and a complimentary ride down after the race in Squaw Valley’s aerial Cable Car.New this year, and following the Run and Fitness Walk, is an exciting afternoon mountain-top concert featuring Grammy Award winning artist Kim Carnes.A native of Los Angeles, Carnes garnered her first record deal in 1972 with famed record producer Jimmy Bowen. Soon after, her duet with Gene Cotton on “You’re A Part Of Me” became her first top forty hit.Her next project included writing an entire concept album for Kenny Rogers. The result was his multi-platinum seller Gideon, which included their own chart-topping duet, “Don’t Fall In Love With A Dreamer.” Her first top 10 hit followed, a remake of Smokey Robinson’s “More Love.” Carnes’ smash hit “Bette Davis Eyes” followed, winning Grammys for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1981. The song also propelled her Mistaken Identity album to number one in the U.S.The benefit concert begins at 4 p.m. at High Camp overlooking Lake Tahoe.”Concert only” tickets are available to the public.Sponsored by the Tahoe Forest Hospital, the Mountain Run and Concert is a nationally recognized event dedicated to the challenge of raising awareness and funds for those women and men faced with breast cancer.”Our goal is to end breast cancer and to make sure the best possible medical care, support services and information are available to everyone,” explains Janet Brady, Director of Health Promotions for the Tahoe Forest Hospital.”Climbing mountains is a very apt metaphor for how we confront cancer one step at a time with the support of friends and family, drawing upon our courage as we face our worst fears. None of us can see into our future, to see what challenges may face us, yet we continue to climb, to see the view, and in pursuit of a cure for this devastating disease.”Proceeds from the Run, Walk and Concert will directly benefit individuals faced with cancer and those hoping to prevent the disease through the Tahoe Forest Hospital’s Hospice and Health Promotions departments’ Breast Cancer Fund. The money raised helps provide health services to many individuals who would otherwise be unable to afford crucial medical care. Patients who are in need of end-of-life Hospice care receive all services regardless of their ability to pay. The Breast Cancer Fund and Tahoe Forest Hospital, both non-profits, are working together to end breast cancer through research, action and policy initiatives. Proceeds also support ongoing local, regional and national programs offered both by Tahoe Forest Hospital and The Breast Cancer Fund.Registration and check-in for the Mountain Run and Fitness Walk take place in Squaw Valley’s Cable Car lobby from 7 to 8:30 a.m. and the event begins at 8:45 a.m. for walkers and 9 a.m. for runners. The entry fee is $25 the day of the race. Concert tickets are $35 and include the Cable Car ride. Discounted tickets are available to participants of the Mountain Run & Fitness Walk. For details visit http://www.squaw.com or call (530) 583-6985.For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation to the Breast Cancer Fund please contact the Tahoe Forest Hospital Health Promotions Department at (530) 582-3483 or visit http://www.squaw.com.To learn more about the Breast Cancer Fund please visit http://www.breastcancerfund. org.
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