Chris Klug Foundation Announces Live Broadcast of 9th Annual Aspen Summit for Life Event

Aspen, CO. December 4, 2014 – Chris Klug Foundation’s 9th Annual Aspen Summit for Life presented by Astellas, taking place December 6, has partnered with Aspen 82 to feature a live broadcast from the race start and finish at the top of Aspen Mountain! The broadcast can be viewed live on December 6 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (MT) at,,, and on channel 82 in the Roaring Fork Valley. Tune in for live action and interviews with the stars of the transplant community including the Chris Klug Foundation’s Bounce Back Award winners, Summit for Life sponsors, donor families, organ transplant candidates and recipients, and members of the Chris Klug Foundation board and staff. The broadcast will also feature racers as they cross the finish line after hiking 3,267 vertical feet over 2.5 miles at night. 

The Summit for Life event raises awareness about lifesaving organ & tissue donation, while celebrating second chances and quality of life. Each of the 400 racers will raise at least $100 while also promoting CKF’s cause of organ & tissue donation awareness. Participation and donations will help the 123,000 people currently awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant today. Nineteen people die daily due to the lack of available organs for transplant One organ donor can save up to eight lives and improve as many as one hundred lives.

To donate to the cause or learn more about the 9th Annual Aspen Summit for Life Weekend visit: or contact

Aspen Summit for Life and its supporters enable the Chris Klug Foundation to focus on the mission of promoting life-saving organ & tissue donation, and improving the quality of life for those touched by donation. Summit for Life Partners include: Astellas Pharmaceuticals, Kahtoola, Marmot, Aspen Square Hotel, Aspen Sojourner, The Anschutz Foundation, Elite Island Resorts, The Aspen Times, Aspen Public Radio, and Aspen Snowmass. 


Wine and Dine for Life: December 5th

Aspen Summit for Life weekend begins with a fundraising dinner benefiting the Chris Klug Foundation. Join us for an intimate dinner with Chris Klug and friends at the historic Hotel Jerome complete with spectacular wine pairings from Failla, specialty cocktails from Spring 44 vodka, music by dj mayfly, and favors from Aspen Fine Chocolates. Tickets available at 

Party for Life: December 5th

Start the action-packed winter weekend with Party for Life, featuring drink specials from Spring 44 Vodka, live music by dj mayfly, and the famous Summit for Life ice luge. Party for Life is hosted at the Hotel Jerome Library and is open to the public for a nominal donation to CKF.

Yoga at the Sundeck: December 6th

Begin the Summit for Life race day with a yoga session at 9:30am on the top of Aspen Mountain with Shakti Shala. Classes are $5 and all proceeds will benefit Summit for Life!

9th Annual Aspen Summit for Life Uphill: December 6th

5 pm Recreational Start & 6 pm Competitive Start

$45 Registration fee & $100 minimum fundraising commitment

In this exciting event, contestants race from the base of Aspen Mountain all the way to the top! Racers climb 3,267 vertical feet over 2.5 miles at night. All participants receive a racer bag valued at over $100 and top racers and fundraisers will receive great prizes! The post-race party at the summit will include dinner by The Little Nell, live music, and awards for top fundraisers and racers presented by liver recipient and Olympic Bronze Medalist, Chris Klug.

Ride for Life: December 6th

Skip the uphill hike and ride the Silver Queen Gondola straight to the summit! Enjoy dinner prepared by The Little Nell, live music, awards, and most importantly, cheer on the racers while standing next to the bonfire as they come across the finish line! 

Snowed In: December 6th

Those who want to support the event but are unable to attend can opt to be “Snowed In” and still show support by sponsoring a participant or making a general donation. Tune in to the live broadcast at,,, and on channel 82 in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The Chris Klug Foundation is a 501(c)3 dedicated to promoting lifesaving organ & tissue donation and improving the quality of life for those touched by donation.

Learn more about the foundation at

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Contact: Kaitlin McDonald