Summit For Life 

Summit For Life Uphill Race

November 25 - December 4 | Virtually & On Aspen Mountain

The 16th Annual Summit for Life Uphill Race will now offer an in person and virtual race for 2021. The Chris Klug Foundation invites local enthusiasts and regional sports junkies to strap on a headlamp and race up 3,000 vertical feet to the top of Aspen Mountain.

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On Saturday, December 4th, Chris Klug Foundation is hosting their 16th annual Summit for Life nighttime uphill race on Aspen Mountain. Participants will meet in Gondola Plaza at the base of the mountain at 5:00 PM MT—and the race begins at 5:30! Hike, skin, or snowshoe your way up the 3,267 vertical feet to the top of Aspen Mountain, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, in beautiful Aspen, Colorado.

Once you've made it to the summit, grab a delicious dinner provided by The Little Nell and tune into the LIVE awards ceremony and prize giveaway, where they will be honoring 2020 & 2021 Bounce Back Give Back Award recipients, recognizing top fundraisers with special prizes, and presenting awards to top race finishers.


As a 2021 Summit for Life virtual participant, you decide how you want to virtually "summit" Aspen Mountain, anywhere and anytime: whether it's hiking up a hill, using the stair-master, running at an incline on the treadmill—the possibilities are endless! Climb the 3,267-vertical-foot ascent at your own pace and on your own time. This year's Summit for Life event starts on November 25th and ends on December 4th, with a livestream of the in-person post-race awards ceremony on Summit for Life's Facebook page and YouTube channel!

The equivalent of Aspen Mountain's 3,267-vertical-foot ascent is 5,600 steps or 273 flights of stairs. You can climb stairs, flights of stairs, or even dust off that old stair climber in the corner of your gym—as long as you log the feet (or meters), it's completely up to you! Pro tip: you don't have to run or walk each day (phew!), you just have to finish the total vertical ascent in ten days. You'll be able to log your feet/meters, track your progress, and check the leaderboard daily. We'll also be sharing the best photos that you guys post on social media, so wear something fun, snap a pic or take a video, tag us and give a shoutout to CKF and organ donation!

You can have a team for the virtual race too! Sign up with your friends and take on the virtual ten-day challenge together.

As a registered participant, you will receive a commemorative 2021 Summit for Life T-shirt and neck buff with your registration. Everyone that fundraises gets entered into the special prize giveaway! If you're local to the Aspen area, we will be hosting a pickup location for your prize at the CKF offices located at the Red Brick Center for the Arts. If you're not local, we'll be shipping your items to you. Just let us know what you prefer when you sign up! Registration ends on December 4th at 8 PM MT

Covid-19 Event Protocols

All events and programs will follow company-wide COVID safety protocols and the 5 Commitments to Containment designed by Pitkin County including:

  • All participants and employees are required to wear face masks or appropriate coverings at all times of interaction with others.
  • All participants and staff MUST maintain daily health and self-symptom check.
  • Capacity for each program and event will be limited with pre-registration required where applicable.
  • Programs and events will be canceled based on state and county restrictions.

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