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Friends of Panthertown Presents: Pete Ripmaster - Iditarod Champion 1,000 Miles On Foot

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Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019 05:00 PM

Venue: Country Club of Sapphire Valley Friends of Panthertown is hosting a benefit presentation featuring Iditarod Trail Invitational Champion Pete Ripmaster this Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley. Door prizes and a raffle with hiking, fishing, and camping gear from local area businesses will also be offered at the event. You must be present to win. All proceeds from the presentation and raffle will benefit conservation of Panthertown Valley.

Pete Ripmaster is a competitive long-distance ultra-runner, adventurer, and inspirational speaker. He is the winner of the 2018 Iditarod Trail Invitational – running 1,000 miles by foot, with no dogs, carrying just his pack and pulling his survival supplies by sled. Remarkably, Pete has also competed in 50 marathons in 50 states.

The MtnMeister Podcast summarized Pete’s amazing achievement, “You’ve probably heard of the Iditarod before, and you might think it’s bizarre to be pulled by a bunch of dogs in sub-zero temperatures in the Alaskan wilderness. But that’s not the Iditarod that Pete won. He did the same course - 1,000 miles and 50 degrees below zero - in the form of an ultra-marathon. With no dogs to help him along the way, Pete's feet carried him an average of 38 miles a day over 26 days.”

Henry David Thoreau wrote, “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however, measured or far away.”

Pete Ripmaster would be quick to tell you that for the music he hears, “far away” would be an understatement. He was an athlete from day one but didn’t find his true passion until later in life when he was first invited to run one of the toughest endurance races on the planet, the Iditarod Trail Invitational. This human-powered race - without dogs- is a 1,000-mile ultra marathon on the Iditarod Trail in Alaska’s wilderness.

Pete has a colorful and inspiring story to share. He speaks from the heart encouraging others to chase their passions through determination and grit. He will talk about setting and achieving audacious goals, including winning the 2018 Iditarod Trail Invitational by foot and running 50 marathons in 50 states.

When you hear Pete Ripmaster share his story, you will leave inspired to hear your own drummer. Make plans to hear Pete speak this month. Event proceeds will benefit conservation work in Panthertown Valley.

Limited tickets are available for $10 in advance and $15 at the door on Saturday evening. Purchase and pick up your tickets by the end of this week with cash or check at Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce or reserve your tickets by credit card online: Tickets purchased online this week will be held at WILL CALL at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley for pickup on the evening of the presentation.

Doors open at 5 pm. Arrive early for best seating. A cash bar and light refreshments will be available.


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