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High Fives Foundation Skinny Ski-a-Thon
Words and Video by High Fives Foundation
Editors Note: Our good friends at High Fives Foundation, founded by Roy Tuscany a Meathead Films OG, just completed probably one of the raddest events to raise money for their organization. See below for the story and video, and get well soon Roy, High Five! – Erme Catino
April 3, 2012, (Truckee, CA) — Arcade Belts (Olympic Valley, CA) and the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation (Truckee, CA) recently hosted the second annual Skinny Ski-a-Thon at Squaw Valley (Olympic Valley, CA).
On Monday, March 26, 2012 fifty-five participants clicked into skis with waists of 70mm or less and prepared to embark on a snowy day of non-stop skiing. One piece ski suits in all shades of color were on display as participants pushed it to the limit on archaic equipment while skiing as many laps as possible on Squaw Valley's infamous KT-22 chairlift. Pizza from Fireside Pizza Co., pulled pork sandwiches from the Marcucci brothers as well as BodyArmor beverages were consumed in the lift line to assist with speed and endurance.
Squaw Valley local Greg Lindsey skied a remarkable 46 laps to take the crown for the most laps completed making him the top skier. His efforts surpassed that of Pro Skier - Cody Townsend’s mark of 41 from the 2011 event. “Growing up as a skier in Squaw Valley it has always been a goal of mine to ski hard and have fun. I accomplished this at the Skinny Ski-a-Thon, AND I beat Cody Townsend. It was a great day!” -Greg Lindsey
Flat donations and pledges per lap skied had been gathered prior to the event. In the end, over $20,000.00 was raised through the generosity of friends and family members of participants. Thank you to Arcade Belts, Squaw Valley, Fireside Pizza, Smith Optics, GoPro, Snocru.com, BodyArmor, Tahoe Made Attire as well as Rom and Nick Marcucci for supporting the event. Smiles and laughs were shared as the Skinny Ski-a-Thon became as an event to watch for in years to come.
About Arcade Belts:
Birthed from our refusal to wear products whose design is completely divorced from the way we use our equipment. ARCADE engineers belts for athletes.
About the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation:
High Fives Non-Profit Foundation is a Tahoe-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes who have suffered a life-altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community.