McLean, Va. (December 20, 2001) SIA will again host an annual 5K Run/Walk in Las Vegas, Nev. on February 2, 2002, the last day of its trade show. The show runs January 29 – February 2, 2002 and proceeds from the race will benefit the Boarding for Breast Cancer Foundation. The nonprofit organization, founded by Kathleen Gasperini and Lisa Hudson, focuses on educating and raising awareness about the prevention of breast cancer among young women. Gasperini will be honored for her efforts during SIA’s Opening Night Party, January 29, 2002.
Barry Siff and Liz Caldwell, outdoor adventure specialists, are working with SIA to organize and market the charity 5K race benefiting BBC. Caldwell completed treatment for breast cancer in July and is happy to be working with an organization that supports the cause. “I think everyone who goes through this tries to give back in some way, even if it’s small,” Caldwell said.
Caldwell is completing her recovery while continuing to maintain her active lifestyle as she did throughout her treatment. Immediately after her chemotherapy sessions she and Siff would run for 60-90 minutes to help sustain her endurance. “It was mostly my mental attitude that allowed me to continue,” said Caldwell. “My physicians were really supportive in helping me maintain my lifestyle. I didn’t want this to change my lifestyle forever.”
“She’s amazing,” Siff said of his training partner. “Her chemotherapy ended in July and she participated in the Discovery Channel Race that fall.” When the race airs on television this spring Siff and Caldwell will be featured due to Caldwell’s amazing comeback. “She was there competing without hair. She is so strong,” Siff said. The duo also finished 32nd in the Eco-Challenge in New Zealand later that season.
Siff and Caldwell have been separately participating in endurance sports for 20 years and formed MountainQuest Adventures in 1998 shortly after they met. At their Estes Park, Colo. base they lead adventure camps in paddling, mountain running, navigation, rope skills, and mountain biking. For more information on MountainQuest and to register for the BBC race, visit mountain-quest.com
Recently the duo wrote Adventure Racing – The Ultimate Guide, explaining how to get involved in adventure sports and successfully train for certain disciplines. The book also includes tips on how to prevent injuries, chose a training partner, find the proper gear and instructions on using it. The book led television producers of a new reality TV show, Worst Case Scenario, to the adventure experts. As a result Caldwell and Siff have been consulting for the show as location scouts and course designers. Each episode is a mini-adventure with two people racing against each other to complete a course designed by Caldwell and Siff. The show will begin airing next summer.