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July 28, 2008 - Riding the Rockies with The Children's Hospital

What: 19th Annual The Children’s Hospital Courage Classic

Where: Throughout Summit County

When: Saturday, July 26, 2008 through Monday, July 28, 2008

Ticket Prices: $105 Adults, $60 Children

Beneficiary: The Children’s Hospital

Presenting Sponsor(s): Balfour Beatty

Staff: Volunteers and staff from The Children’s Hospital Foundation

Sponsors: 9News, Alice 105.9, Bicycle Village, CoBIZ Financial, Copper, Dreyer’s, King Soopers, MAD greens, Peaberry Coffee, pointb and Pure Brand Communications.

Attendance: 2,000 registered riders and more than 250 volunteers

Event Coordinator: Cary Larger

Planning Committee: Event Managers Leah Asher, Julie Headley, Office of Corporate Giving, and Carrie Olinger, Event Logistics Manager for Courage Classic

Board of Directors: Marcy Benson, Chair; Joy Johnson, Vice Chair; Frederick B. Taylor, Treasurer; Walter Isenberg, Secretary; Don Elliman, Immediate Past Chair; Michele Ashby, Kaia H. Borgen, Barbara Bridges, Molly Broeren, Jan Cortez, Mary Gittings Cronin, Peter Culshaw, Phil Doty, Brad Dusto, Steve Farber, John Fernie, Caleb F. Gates, Jr., Cannon “Cy” Harvey, John Ikard, David P. Kaplan, Kelly G. Kennedy, Rich L. Kylberg, Manuel L. Martinez, Tom McGonagle, Mary Osborn, Virginia Reiman, Pat Spieles, Mona Stephens, Richard E. Stoddard, Michelle Kuhn Thatcher, Brian Thomson, Joseph E. Wagner, Ronald W. Williams, Steve Winesett, Laura Wright.
Trustees Emeritus: James C. Cohig, J.H. Silversmith, Jr.

Blacktie Photos by: Marcelo Mainzer

 The Fat Tire Team
The Fat Tire Team

By, Marcelo Mainzer

The 19th annual The Children's Hospital Courage Classic hit the road the weekend of July 26 to 28. The 157-mile bicycle ride treks through the heart of the scenic Colorado Rockies. 2,000 riders and over 130 teams, with names like Research Riders, Wheels of Justice, Spin Doctors, Cardiac Climbers and Good Time Girls participated, just to name a very few.

They rode for the physical challenge of pushing oneself up three mountain passes over three consecutive days. They rode for the camaraderie. But mostly they rode to support The Children's Hospital. Funds raised from the event benefit Children’s Hospital programs for patient care, education, research and advocacy. Funds go to the hospital sports program, as well as programs that are generally acknowledged to be among the nation’s best, such as The Children’s Hospital Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, The Children’s Hospital Heart Institute and the Newborn Center.

For almost 100 years Children’s Hospital has been a leader in providing the best healthcare outcomes for children. Children’s has consistently been one of the top 10 children's hospitals in the nation. In addition to providing the best possible care for kids who need it, Children’s also works hard to keep kids out of the hospital. Through medical research and advocacy efforts, they are working towards a world where kids are safer and healthier and will one day have less need for a hospital. With more than 1,000 pediatric specialists and more than 3,000 full-time employees helping to carry out their mission, The Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive pediatric care through a network of care locations.

The Children’s Hospital partners with a child's pediatrician or family doctor to make sure children receive integrated care. The Children's Hospital is committed to providing continuing educational opportunities that enhance and advance pediatric knowledge and the clinical skills of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. The Children's Hospital is at the forefront of research into childhood disease. Together, with its partners, they are responsible for virtually all of the pediatric research published in the Rocky Mountain region for at least a decade. All this requires the support of a large community and the efforts of a dedicated group of people. Colorado has proven itself to be that community and The Children’s Hospital Foundation continues to lead that kind of team.

Although the Courage Classic may arguably be the biggest fundraising event for The Children’s Hospital, covering three days and locations, it is far from the only one. Over the years they have organized and partnered with other organizations to produce such memorable events as the Little Hearts Luncheon and Fashion Show, 28th Annual Gala “Building for Children”, Valentine's Day Dinner Dance at the Brown Palace, Metropolitan Homes Tiny Miracles Invitational Golf Tournament and The Morgan Adams Concours d'Elegance, just to name a very few past events. Upcoming events include An Evening with Peter Cincotti, August 1, The 3rd Annual Grizzly Rose/KYGO Golf Tournament August 11, the inaugural The Mile High T Party August 17, Hot Times Kool Cars Auto Show August 24, the 3rd Annual Play for a Heart Tennis Fundraiser September 13, Tiny Miracles Trot September 14, and the 2008 Concours d'Elegance October 4, again, just to name a few of the wonderful events that give the community an opportunity to support Children's Hospital. For a full calendar of events go to

Ask any parent what the most important thing in their lives is and they are sure to answer, their children. There is nothing more important then the heath and safety of our children and at The Children’s Hospital they practice that sentiment as both an art and a science.

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