Announcing Elite Pro-Athletes and Symposium for Outside in Aspen™, June 8 - 10, 2012

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Pro-Athlete-Led Adventures & Clinics, Triathlon, Adventure Dog Workshop to be part of Outside in Aspen™ Weekend; Outdoor enthusiasts of all levels are invited to hone their skills or learn a new sport; Plus Symposium - Adventure Saves the World

The ultimate adventure weekend – Outside in Aspen™ presented by Good N Natural – will be held June 8-10, 2012 in Aspen, Colo., marking the kick-off to Aspen’s summer season, with exceptional weather for adventure activities, stunning scenery and impressively affordable hotel rates, starting at $110 a night.

The invited professional athletes include:

  •     Sari Anderson – Professional mountain biker and Winter Xterra World Champion
  •     Chris Davenport –Two-time World Champion freeskier and Aspen local, who recently skied

        and guided Everest

  •     Mike Stewart – Renowned trainer and founder of the Adventure Dog Certification program
  •     Lucas Gilman – Award-winning adventure photographer for Outside, National Geographic,

        Sports Illustrated, and others

  •     Chris Klug – Aspen-based Olympic snowboarding champion
  •     Willie Kern – Professional kayaker and first to run the legendary “Upper Gorges” of the Great

        Bend of the Yarlung Tsangpo

  •     Eric Larsen – Polar explorer and one of the few Americans to have skied both the North and

        South Poles

  •     Charlie MacArthur – Professional kayaker and stand-up paddling pioneer
  •     Christy Mahon – Train runner, hiker and the first woman to ski all of Colorado’s 14ers
  •     Jake Norton – Big-mountain guide who just returned from his seventh summit of Everest
  •     Jesse Thomas – Professional Ironman and triathlete
  •     Jessica Phillips Van Garderen – Professional road cyclist and member of team Exergy

        Twenty12

The following is the three-day line-up of events:

  •     Friday, June 8, from 6-7 p.m. – Slideshow presentation from Lucas Gilman at the Ute

        Mountaineer

  •     Friday, June 8, from 8 p.m. to midnight – Welcome Reception at the Sky Hotel:

        Join event hosts Outside magazine and Aspen Chamber Resort Association at Aspen’s
        legendary Sky Hotel for the “Outside in Aspen” kick-off party starting at 8 pm.

  •     Saturday, June 9, at 7:30 a.m. – Outside In Aspen Triathlon (see details below)
  •     Saturday, June 9, 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Free Yoga with the Aspen Yoga Society at Upper

        Gondola Plaza:
        Relax and harmonize your mind, body and spirit with a morning yoga session at the base of
        Aspen Mountain.

  •     Saturday, June 9, from 5-8 p.m. – Après Pool Party at the Sky Hotel sponsored by Puerto

        Vallarta Tourism:
        After a day of outdoor fun and adventure, head to the Sky Hotel’s happening pool scene to    
        kick back and enjoy DJ music, specialty drinks and snacks, a dip in the pool or hot tub, or
        just chill on the lounge furniture and fire pit areas.

  •     Sunday, June 10, from 3-4 p.m. – Adventure Symposium at Base Camp (see details below)
  •     Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Adventure Dog Workshop:

        Led by professional dog trainer Mike Stewart, this workshop focuses on honing a dog’s
        skills for adventure activities. For participants who cannot travel with their own pets, Aspen
        Animal Shelter will offer dogs from their adoptable program. This program is offered at an
        additional cost.

  •     Saturday, June 9, 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Free Yoga with the Aspen Club & Spa at Upper

        Gondola Plaza

Adventure Base Camp
The buzz of the weekend centers on the Adventure Base Camp. It is located in downtown Aspen at the Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza, and will be open Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. At Base Camp, participants meet their guides each morning and exhibitors keep the action going all day with music, demonstrations, food, family activities, a beer garden and gear displays.

Symposium – Adventure Saves the World presented by Triumph Motorcycles
As part of the weekend, Outside magazine editors will moderate a compelling discussion with elite athletes, entitled “The Role of Explorers and Athletes in Social Activism and Philanthropy.”

Outside in Aspen Triathlon – June 9, 2012
Train and race alongside Outside editors and pro-Triathlete and Ironman Jesse Thomas on this spectacular course, perfect for beginner triathletes and seasoned racers looking to compete on a short but challenging course. Three courses are offered:

  •     Triathlon (swim, bike, run) – The race starts with an 800-yard pool swim at the Aspen

        Recreation Center’s 25-yard pool, followed by a 17-mile bike leg up Maroon Creek Road to
        the Maroon Bells for a 1,500-foot elevation gain, and finishes with a four-mile run around the
        Aspen Golf Club. Pricing from $60

  •     Duathlon (run, bike, run) – The Aspen Duathlon starts with a two-mile run on a paved path

        and dirt trail, followed by the 17-mile bike course up Maroon Creek Road to the Maroon Bells
        for a 1,500-foot elevation gain, and finishes with a four-mile run around the Aspen Golf Club.
        Pricing from $50

  •     AquaBike Duathlon (swim and bike) – The AquaBike race starts with an 800-yard swim

        followed by the 17-mile bike course up Maroon Creek Road to the Maroon Bells for a 1,500-
        foot elevation gain. Pricing from $50

For race registration and complete course details, visit bit.ly/aspentricourse.

The Outside Challenge
New this year, The Outside Challenge is a custom-training program designed to get all levels of athletes ready for a sprint-distance triathlon. For details on The Outside Challenge, visit outsideonline.com/fitness/outside-challenge.

Book an Outside in Aspen Experience
Outside in Aspen is surprisingly affordable. Participants may book full-day, expert-guided activities à la carte for $100 (including lunch). Book lodging with activities and receive a complimentary, one-year subscription to Outside magazine. This adventure weekend kicks off Aspen’s busy summer season, but lodging rates start at only$110 at Hotel Durant and peak at $355 a night at the five-star Little Nell hotel. For lodging information, visit stayaspensnowmass.com.

For more information, event updates and to plan your trip, visit OutsideinAspen.com or call 1.877.599.059. Connect with Outside in Aspen on Facebook and Twitter, and view photos and videos from the 2011 event.

Outside in Aspen is presented by Good N Natural. Other sponsors include DeLorme inReach, GoPro, KRU82 Vodka, Outside Television, Planet Dog, Puerto Vallarta Tourism, Triumph Motorcycles,The Sky Hotel, First Descents, and Challenge 21.

For media information and images, visit http://www.aspenchamber.org/media and contact Promo Communications at 970.925.8480

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