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Let’s help 15-year-old Aedin Valente open the Alpenrose Velodrome Snack Shack

Posted by on April 7th, 2017 at 11:34 am

Aedin Valente, aspiring businessman and track racer.
(Photo: Norrene Godfrey)

Friends. I have a favor to ask.

A 15-year-old from Astoria named Aedin Valente wants to start his own business. When he heard that the Alpenrose Velodrome needed someone to run the snack this summer, he decided this was his big opportunity.

The only thing he needs to make the Alpenrose Snack Shack a reality is to raise another $1,000 or so via the GoFundMe campaign set up by his aunt Norrene Godfrey (who happens to be an awesome track racer and Alpenrose regular).

Here’s what Aedin said when Norrene asked him why he wants to do this job. “I want to run the Alpenrose snack shack so I can gain experience in the business world, plus it is super fun to do. I want to raise funds so people will work hard and try and win the races. It’s fun to watch. I like that the people are super nice to me and very supportive.”

The velodrome is a key part of our local cycling scene. From weekly track racing in the summer to cyclocross races in the fall — we are lucky to have it. Speaking of which, Sunday April 23rd is the annual Alpenrose Cleanup Day. Volunteers are needed to help the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association repair the track surface and get the venue ready for the season.

It’d be great to know the Snack Shack is a reality by then. Consider a donation via GoFundMe and hear from Aedin himself in his campaign video below…

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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One Comment
  • John Liu
    John Liu April 8, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Very cool. Donating today. C’mon folks, let’s get this done!

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