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Cannon's Bode-fest to take place April 3

As Bode Miller was busy winning bronze in yesterday afternoon's Olympic downhill, his fans at New Hampshire's Cannon Mountain, where a young Miller once honed his craft, were frantically keeping up with live updates via the web. With no live television broadcast of the event, it was a frustration that led to elation when the Franconia native landed his first Olympic medal since the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

 

"We're excited for him," said Greg Keeler, spokesperson for Cannon Mountain, which will once again host its annual "Bode-fest" on April 3. "To have him medal in the Olympics is going to be a great thing for that event too."

 

This year's "Bode-fest" will offer the opportunity to race against Miller in a "fun race" to take place either on the Lower Cannon or Gremlin trail, followed by an autograph session with the skier. As an added thrill, kids 18 and under will have the chance to ride the lifts with Bode, and ski a closed trail with him during the hour prior to the race.

 

Registration for this year's event will take place online, on a yet-to-be-determined date, and will be limited to the first 300 entries, an allotment that is sure to fill up quickly. The entry fee is $40 in addition to a lift ticket for the day or a season pass. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Turtle Ridge Foundation, the non-profit organization Miller started in 2005 as a means to support children's athletic opportunities.

 

Keeler said a target date for event registration should be announced later this week.

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