by JENNIFER LIEBRUM
Before fall weather drives many back to the television set for mindless nights unwinding with shows like “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and “Dancing With the Stars,” there’s a chance to root for some local heroes who have spent the last several weeks immersed in training to ice skate for their favorite charities.
Battle of the Blades is on! This unique fundraiser for the nonprofit Sun Valley Figure Skating Club was launched last year and proved so successful that the club was able to offer reduced-price memberships and classes to valley children while rewarding three other nonprofits.
This year’s competitors are snowboard champion Kaitlyn Farrington, for Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation; Miles Fink-Debray, ski racer skating for World Cup Dreams Foundation; Lara McLean, firefighter skating for Defenders of Wildlife; Billy Olson, for the Wood River Bicycle Coalition and Michael J. Fox Foundation; Perry’s restaurant co-owner Keith Perry for St. Luke’s Wood River; Sun Valley Adaptive Sports leader Erin Rheinschild for SVAS; The Elephant’s Perch owner Bob Rosso for Blaine County Recreation District and SVSEF; Community School teacher Hannes Thum for his school; and family doctor Cortney Vandenburgh for Blaine Manor.
There is a circus theme this year and candy stations to serve as crowd-pleasing go-go juice. If there’s any doubt that competitors are in this to win it while sacrificing their pride for the sake of humor, check out video teasers on www.battleoftheblades.org.
Organizer and skate mom Robin Sias offered a few tips toward ensuring that a good time can be had by all.
— By Jennifer Liebrum
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