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July 27, 2009 - The 2009 Children’s Hospital Courage Classic

What: One of Colorado’s premier cycling tours, the 20th Annual Children’s Hospital Courage Classic is a three-day, 157-mile bicycle tour through Summit County that raises funds for The Children’s Hospital.

Where: Route: Day 1: Leadville to Copper Mtn., Day 2: Copper/Frisco/Keystone/Breckenridge and back to Copper Mtn., Day 3: Copper Mtn. to Leadville over Fremont Pass. Event Finish Line: Lake County High School 1000 West 4th St. Leadville, CO 80461

When: July 25, 26 & 27; Event finish: Monday, July 27, 2009

Time: Event finish: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Courage Classic Tour was sold out

Beneficiary: 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.

Host(s): The Children’s Hospital

Presenting Sponsor(s): Co Biz Financial, 20th Anniversary Crothall Service Group 20th Anniversary King Soopers 20th Anniversary First Data 20th Anniversary

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

Sponsors: First Bank, Point B Solutions Group, Bicycle Village, 9News, 99.5 The Mountain, Copper Mountain, Dreyer's, Peaberry Coffee, Pure Brand Communications, Waste Management, Alpine Buick Pontiac GMC, Anadarko, Inc., Amgen, Fairbault Foods, Inc.

Attendance: 2,400 registered riders, more than 250 volunteers and large crowds cheering on cyclists

Information: www.couragetours.com

Donors: All participating cyclists have committed to raising a minimum of $300 in pledges for The Children’s Hospital. To find a team or rider, visit the “Keep in Touch” page at www.couragetours.com. The ride has grossed nearly $20 million in the past 20 years. Last year, the ride raised more than $2.7 million.

Event Coordinator: Cary Larger, Tour Director

Blacktie Photos by: Jim Turley


 Mark Berry, left, with Jon Cosby and Gina Cosby
Mark Berry, left, with Jon Cosby and Gina Cosby

Over 2000 riders and hundreds of volunteers celebrated the Courage Classic's 20th year in Copper Mountain. To date, the three-day, 157 mile tour has raised over $20 million for The Children's Hospital, thanks to riders and thousands of donors.

People across the Rocky Mountain region and the United States support the tour as riders or by donating to the event. The Children's Hospital is more than just a hospital because it treats kids. And the Courage Classic is more than just a cycling tour because it raises the spirits of it riders and supporters while raising a very significant amount of money each year.

Here are some of the stories from the devoted Courage Classic riders:

  • The mother of Children’s patient, Samantha, who suffers from an undiagnosed genetic condition, started the team "Summits for Samantha" to give back to the hospital she says saved her daughter’s life, “time and time again.”
  • Ellaura, 17, who has been treated at Children’s for a rare disorder that affects her cerebellum, plans to ride in the 20th Courage Classic to “return the favor” and help raise money for the hospital.
  • Noah was treated for Ewing 's sarcoma, a cancer that is found often in the soft tissue or bone, at The Children's Hospital when he was in eighth grade. Noah, his father and brother are going to ride in their fourth Courage Classic tour this year to raise money for the hospital that helped save Noah's life.
  • Mike and his son, Owen, who had 11 surgeries at Children’s to rejuvenate his intestines, will ride in this year’s Courage Classic as a father-and-son duo.

Each year the tour sells out. If you are interested in riding in 2010, go to www.couragetours.com for information.

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