A unique event and fund-raiser called “24 Hours of Schweitzer” will be held March 30-31 at Schweitzer Mountain Resort near Sandpoint, Idaho.
Last year’s event drew more than 120 participants who ranged in age from four to 69. The competitors completed 9,561 runs in 24 hours (10,247 vertical feet).
The individual record last year was 202 runs.
Last year’s event, which raised $90,000, even included a midnight marriage proposal.
Also known as “24 Hours For Hank,” the event is looking for participants to rack up the vertical for bragging rights and cystinosis research.
The team relay starts at 8:30 a.m. on March 30 and will run continuously until 8:30 a.m. on March 31.
Participants ski as many runs as they can in a 24-hour period for prizes and a hoped for cure for cystinosis, a rare and fatal disease that affects only 500 people nationwide.
The event honors Hank Sturgis, a Sandpoint five-year-old who has been diagnosed with the disease.