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Races raise $1,500 for Grand County Search and Rescue

Hank Shell / hshell@skyhidailynews.com
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The Inaugural Hideaway Trail Weekend raised $1,500 for Grand County Search and Rescue.

Race Director Tyler Tomasello met with GCSAR’s President John Sanderson and Field Director Mike Leiser at Hideaway Park on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 9, to present them with the check.

“We’re happy to support the Hideaway 100 and Tyler as race director and graciously accept his donation,” Sanderson said.

Tomasello’s decision to donate the proceeds from the race to GCSAR stems from the death of close friend Jeff Miller in 2011.

Miller was buried in an avalanche while snowboarding “the Fingers” near Berthoud Pass.

GCSAR and Tomasello both assisted in the three-day search that eventually resulted in the recovery of Miller’s body.

“They do it for nothing,” Tomasello said. “It’s all volunteer, so I think they deserve whatever I can give them.”

Leiser commended Tomasello’s generosity. “Now he’s left something for search and rescue so everyone out there can benefit from it,” Leiser said.

GSCAR also helped with the races last weekend, which included a 100-mile race, 50-mile race, 50k and half marathon.

Overall, Tomasello said he felt the weekend was a success.

“I think we succeeded as far as our goal of showing off the trails and building a community atmosphere,” Tomasello said. Tomasello said he also learned a lot.

“Sleep is important, even if it’s just an hour or two, and you can’t please everyone,” Tomasello said. “And I learned that this is an amazing community. I learned that two communities can become one over a shared passion for the outdoors and running.”

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