U.S. Ski Team Athlete TIm Jitloff Racing for the Cure

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 23, 2009 10:13 pm

Before heading to Europe to train for the first World Cup of the season (in Soelden on Oct. 24), U.S. Ski Team athlete and National Champ Tim Jitloff will be tackling another endeavor: The 2009 Susan G. Komen Northern Nevada Race for the Cure in Reno. It’s a personal cause for Jitloff, whose mother Pam was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. Pam is now in remission, yet her illness hit Jitloff hard. “Talk about getting punched in the gut,” Jitloff told the AP.

Instead of donning his skis in Portillo, Jitloff will lace up his sneakers on Oct. 4, to help raise money for the Komen Foundation in his mother’s honor. The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino has already pledged $5,000 for Jitloff’s 5K run, and other sponsors have added another $3,000.

“Ever since my mom started her bout with cancer, I knew that I wanted to do something to help support cancer research,” said Jitloff. “The Race for the Cure is such a perfect place for me to start. The Susan G. Komen Foundation is excellent to work with and I’m really happy to have Grand Sierra on board to help kick this off.”

“We are very excited to sponsor Tim in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure,” said Mary Beth Olson, VP Marketing of Grand Sierra Resort and Casino located in Reno. “Not only is he is an extraordinary athlete, but he is a perfect example of the strong supporters we have in our community.”

Jitloff is currently the second highest fundraiser for the race but he’s still trying to increase his pledges. “I’m pretty close to raising $10,000 and that’s my goal, but the sky is the limit,” Jitloff said. “It’s always good to exceed your goals. The Foundation also has a goal of expanding their reach to Europe and I’d like to be a big part of that. As a member of the U.S. Ski Team racing on the World Cup, it’s a perfect avenue for me to help expand their message.”