James Spencer - Challenge Aspen Marathon
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James Spencer - Challenge Aspen Marathon
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Over the last 10 years working in Aspen, Kate and I have seen the results of the great work Challenge Aspen does. We have also had the opportunity to make a personal connection with Challenge Aspen through getting to know many of the people that make up the team. The adaptive skiing and snowboarding opportunities that Challenge Aspen provides have always been the most visible activities to me, but they do so much more than that throughout the year - river rafting, horseback riding, rock climbing, yoga, camping, fishing.... all for people with physical and cognitive disabilities. The people Challenge Aspen works with everyday would not normally have access to the opportunities and activities that are opened up to them. The programs that leave the biggest impression on me are through Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities (CAMO). CAMO holds retreats for wounded military and their families with a wide variety of wounds. One retreat that demonstrates the wide variety of Challenge Aspen's programming brings together service women who have been sexually abused while serving. The breadth of programming that Challenge Aspen provides is too great for me to quickly summarize, but it is amazing what a day or week of reflecting, learning, and playing in the mountains can do for a person. Challenge Aspen truly does change lives through outdoor recreation.

When the opportunity came to help support Challenge Aspen, it was an easy decision to join the effort. The Challenge Aspen Marathon Team will travel to Iceland this year to run the Reykjavik Marathon and raise more than $50,000. I will join them, and I have committed to fundraise $3,950 - not an easy feat, but with your help, I can do it. Please donate any amount you are able. You donation is tax deductible, will go to a fantastic cause, and I will be eternally grateful to you.

Thank you! With your help, I can reach my fundraising goal and Challenge Aspen can continue doing the incredible work that they do.


A short video showing a small slice of the work Challenge Aspen does

Challenge Aspen needs your support to provide scholarships for participants showing financial need, adaptive equipment, continuing education, and advocacy. ANY amount is wonderful!  Here are some examples of what your gift will support:


Meal for a summer or winter camp participant


1 day activity for a participant (river rafting, rock climbing, equine therapy, yoga, etc)


Music therapy session for a CAMO (Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities) retreat group 


Half day adaptive ski/snowboard lesson with certified instructor, lift ticket, equipment and volunteer support


Purchase of specialty skis to mount on a biski, an adaptive "bucket" ski for people living with spinal cord injuries


Full season ski pass for a local participant to enjoy the freedom of skiing & snowboarding   

C.A.M.O. - Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities - Programs just for veterans

Please help support this amazing organization and THANK YOU in advance!

ABOUT 2017 Marathon

Iceland - land of the Blue Lagoon, endless waterfalls, geysers, ice caves, mountains, glaciers, volcanoes, lava fields and…
the 2017 Reykjavik Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K Events – August 19, 2017! 

The Challenge Aspen Marathon Team runs a marathon each year to help fund scholarships, adaptive equipment and programming for Challenge Aspen. This year we're headed to exotic Reykjavik, Iceland!

All racers have committed to fundraise $3,950 each for Challenge Aspen programs (donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law).  Thank you for supporting Challenge Aspen and making possibilities for people with disabilities!

Name Date Amount Comments
Amy Sheridan 08/21/2017 $50.00  
Andre Chavez 08/17/2017 $25.00 Do good work! Proud of you James!
Terry Larson 08/16/2017 $25.00 I love Challenge Aspen! Thanks James for your participation. Your hearts in the right place!! Run run!!
Jean Cain 08/15/2017 $100.00 Go Spencer's!!
Shannon Hobbs 08/15/2017 $25.00 Good luck James!
Bryna Theriot 08/14/2017 $36.00 Have a great race and a great trip!
Lisa and Mike Masciocchi 08/13/2017 $50.00 Make us proud!
Wasilunas Family 08/13/2017 $50.00 Ducks Fly Together!!! Beat those Iceland Bastards with the help of Coach Gordon Bombay!!! In all seriousness, Happy Early Birthday Brotha and go crush it!!! Watch out for the White-Walkers while you're running up there!
Melissa Buffer 08/11/2017 $25.00 run strong james!
Maggie, Alex, & Lucille Morrison 08/11/2017 $50.00 Good luck!!!
"babygirl" McDermott 08/11/2017 $50.00  
Meghan Lutz 08/11/2017 $25.00 Good Luck and enjoy!! I love Iceland!
Bob Branson 08/11/2017 $25.00 How James go!
PJ Janas 08/11/2017 $50.00 Way to go James!!
Stacey Beckim 08/10/2017 $25.00 Go James!
Tracey Martiny 08/10/2017 $50.00 Great mission! Good luck from Alaska!
Dan Price 08/10/2017 $50.00 Have fun my friend... and don't forget to carb load! Looks like an amazing cause!
Cole&Quinlan Ryan 08/09/2017 $30.00 Go gettum James!
Ry & Shar McDermott 08/08/2017 $50.00 GET SOME!!!
The Deptulas 08/05/2017 $100.00 Get some buddy!
Nicole & Xavier Fluet 08/04/2017 $134.15 James- what a great cause and an awesome For of therapy for so many! I really admire your dedication to the women in military. From my 1st Boston Marathon cheering session with you- I know you'll bring that spirit all the way to Iceland. Congrats!
Debbie Spencer 08/04/2017 $50.00 Good Luck! Love that you are doing this and look forward to the pics and sharing about your trip. Iceland is on my bucket list of trips so will be fun to see what your impressions are.
Jessica Spratt 08/04/2017 $50.00 Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!!!
James Stokes 08/04/2017 $250.00  
Megan Adams 08/03/2017 $20.00 Good luck James!
Christy Higham 08/03/2017 $25.00  
Krista Fox 08/03/2017 $60.00  
Ryan Zwelling 08/03/2017 $50.00 Great job James!!!!
Nicole Cox 08/02/2017 $75.00  
Fusion Medical Staffing 08/02/2017 $500.00 What a great cause! Fusion Medical Staffing is happy to provide a full season ski pass for a participant. Keep up the amazing work!
Jamie and Blaire Foubister 08/02/2017 $30.00 Thank you for running for such a good cause! Have a great race!
Tanya Barnicoat 08/02/2017 $25.00 Good luck James! Such a wonderful organization and happy to support!
Kimber Kurr 07/31/2017 $30.00  
John/Beverly Burton 07/29/2017 $30.00 Proud of your efforts to help and inspire others.
Justin Schroth 07/26/2017 $100.00 Run Forrest Run!!
Kelsey&Louie Carder 07/25/2017 $40.00 Best of luck for a fun & safe run & amazing trip!!
Annie Trichtinger 07/22/2017 $75.00 Hope you have a great race James! What a great cause to support!
Michael Spencer 07/20/2017 $50.00 Good luck, Safe travels.
Otis Weagle 07/19/2017 $150.00 Get shwifty!
Mike McGraw 07/19/2017 $40.00 Good luck!
Maria Wimmer 07/18/2017 $20.00 I need to meet Violet before she's 16 and driving a car. Miss you guys, I'm so caught up on work and play.. hahaha She looks so beautiful. Congratulations again and good luck on your marathon!
Derrick Munyon 07/18/2017 $50.00  
Kate Evarts 07/18/2017 $50.00  
Davian Akers 07/18/2017 $25.00 For all the times you let crash in your apartment in aspen. Gook luck! Miss you guys.
Michael Wheeler 07/17/2017 $25.00 "It's not 26.2 miles... it 10 water stops!" Good luck and have fun!
Katrin Luyten 07/14/2017 $25.00 Keep up the training James ! Enjoy Iceland, enjoy every moment of it !!!
Mike Murphy 07/13/2017 $50.00 Get it!
Kathleen Grizzard 07/10/2017 $50.00 Way to go, James! Kassie and Bob
Trey & Liz Spencer 07/09/2017 $50.00 Thanks
Taryn Coakley 07/09/2017 $25.00 Good luck, James! Sending you lots of aloha!!
Adam Bohmiller 07/09/2017 $100.00  
Gio Villanueva 06/15/2017 $245.00 James! You've reached a millenium! 25% of your goal! "Citius, Altus, Fortius" in Iceland! Glad to support The Challenge Aspen 2017.
Cindi Rauert 06/11/2017 $10.00  
Amy Bumgarner 06/04/2017 $25.00  
Megan Millertime 06/03/2017 $100.00 Good Luck, James! I know you'll kill it! Wish I could be in Iceland cheering you on!
Leah Taylor 05/31/2017 $50.00 Such a wonderful cause, James .... you and Kate are such good humans. Take care.
Jenni Petersen 05/30/2017 $50.00 Welcome to the world, Miss Violette! Congratulations to Kate and James!!!
Anonymous Friend 05/19/2017 $100.00 Wishing you great luck James!
Ben Braxley 05/19/2017 $50.00 Looks amazing!
Joe High 05/15/2017 $50.00  
Dree Donnellan 05/14/2017 $20.00 Good luck buddy!!
Mary Anne Hill 05/13/2017 $50.00 Supporting James Spencer who is a participant in the Marathon.
Ann Spencer 05/13/2017 $50.00 James, Wishing you a successful run in this important challenge
T Guy Spencer 05/13/2017 $50.00 Great success to you and Challenge Aspen!!
James Spencer 05/02/2017 $150.00 I am very excited to be running for Challenge Aspen!
  Total $4,145.15  
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