TASP's Sylvie Fadrhonc in Top Ten Nominees for LL Bean Outdoor Hero of the Year
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TELLURIDE – Telluride Adaptive Sports Program staffer Sylvie Fadrhonc has been selected as one of the top ten nominees, from a large pool of applicants from all over the country, vying for the 5th Annual LL Bean Outdoor Heroes Award.  

TASP nominated Fadrhonc in March; in April Fadrhonc heard she had been selected as a finalist. From July 1-31, the public can vote once for their favorite hero at  On August 5, LL Bean will announce the top five nominees, all of whom will receive a $5,000 check for their affiliated nonprofit.  In addition, the winner will receive a gift certificate to LL Bean. 

“Sylvie's efforts to promote, share, and expand access to the outdoors for the disabled community following her own life-changing injury distinguish her as an outdoor hero,” said TASP Executive Director Courtney Stuecheli. “Her work with the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program has helped touch the lives of hundreds of people with disabilities, inserting her spirit of adventure and positive attitude into therapeutic recreation. On behalf of the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program, we thank Sylvie for her contributions to the adaptive sports industry. We know that L.L. Bean shares our appreciation for individuals like Sylvie, by nominating her as a finalist for the Outdoor Hero Award. Sylvie is an exceptional individual, and have no doubt that the people voting will adore her as much as we do!”

Along with being featured on the LL Bean website as a nominee for Outdoor Hero of the Year, Fadrhonc and TASP will be mentioned in more than six-million LL Bean catalogs going out this month. 

LL Bean will accept only one vote per person during the month of July.  For more information contact TASP at 970-728-5010,, or visit our website at


OURAY – Come run, come all: beginning this year, organizers of the race up Mount Sneffels are including a division for us tortoises. The 11th Annual Mt. Sneffels Marathon (for runners) and Half Marathon (for walkers as well as runners) will take place on August 13. The full Marathon starts at 6:30 a.m. at the Ridgway Soccer Fields. The new Half-Marathon begins at 7:30 a.m. at Ouray Hot Springs Park; those who would like to walk the Half-Marathon depart an hour earlier, at 6:30 a.m.

The 13.1-mile Half-Marathon course winds through Ouray proper, then heads north via (primarily dirt) County Roads 17 and 23 through the Uncompahgre River Valley and on into Ridgway. The full Marathon, meanwhile, makes a round trip: it starts in Ridgway, heads to Ouray along the same track, and returns to Ridgway. There’ll also be a Fun Run for kids, starting at 11 a.m. at the soccer fields south of town in Ridgway.

Tickets are $60/$70 (Marathoners), $40/$50 (Half-Marathoners), and $10 for Fun Runners. Entry fees include an official race t-shirt, snacks at the finish line, and half-price admission for a soothing, post-race soak at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool. Fees go to the non-profit Mount Sneffels Education Foundation, to benefit the lives and educational experiences of youth in Ouray. Sign up at, or for questions, contact Glynn Williams (970/325-4932) or John Ferguson (970/325-0228;

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