The Telluride Rotary Club wants to thank the community and our Telluride visitors for a great 10th annual Red Ball Express. A big crowd gathered to watch a record 118 Red Balls race down the NASTAR course on March 10.
The $5,000 winner was Mountain Village Mayor Dan Jansen. Martin Sykes of the United Kingdom, and Derek McClain of Telluride/Dallas, won second ($1,000) and third place ($500), respectively. Unfortunately, the special second drawing for the $100,000 prize did not come up with a match.
A record number of nonprofit and youth organizations participated in this year’s Red Ball Express. Because these organizations make $4 for every $5 Red Ball express ticket they sell, in total, these two dozen organizations were able to bring in approximately $18,500. In addition, Rotary raised roughly $11,500 for its scholarship and community support programs.
Telluride Rotary would especially like to thank our headline sponsors – Wells Fargo Bank and the Telluride Ski Resort. Wells Fargo has been a major sponsor of the event since its inception, and the event could not happen without the fantastic support of Telski. Thanks to our co-sponsors Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty, the Telluride Daily Planet, the Watch Newspaper, and Hypersloth Internet Service. They have all been with us since inception, and we couldn’t do this without their help. A new co-sponsor this year was the River Club, and it was joined by nearly 40 smaller business and individual sponsors. In total, sponsors covered all of the prize money and a significant portion of the other event expenses.
Thanks also to Katie Tyler from the Town of Mountain Village who was a big help with logistics, and to Dean Rolley for providing our wireless mike. And of course, thanks to the many Rotary volunteers. From finding sponsors, contacting non-profits, designing tickets, to selling tickets, blowing up balls, and setting up the race course, it was five months of planning for a three minute race.
We look forward to the next Red Ball Express in March 2014.
– Mark Westman, Telluride Rotary Red Ball Express Chair