July 23, 2011 - Courage Classic Keeps on Keepin' on!
What: 22nd Annual Courage Classic
Where: The three-day bicycle tour, headquartered at Copper Mountain Resort, begins in Leadville and weaves throughout beautiful Summit Country, cresting some of the most challenging mountain passes including Vail, Tennessee and Fremont. Event finish line: Lake County High School, Leadville, CO
When: Saturday, July 23 through Monday, July 25, 2011
Time: 7 a.m. -4 p.m.
Beneficiary: Children's Hospital Colorado programs
Host(s): Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation
Honoree(s): Children’s Hospital Colorado Supporters
Presenting Sponsor(s): ProLogis
Co-Chair(s): Carrie Olinger
President(s): Steve Wineset
Staff: Community volunteers and staff from Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation
Sponsors: King Soopers, Copper Mountain, Crothall Services Group, GTRI, McLane Distributing, Pure Brand Communications, Primal Wear, 99.5 The Mountain, 9News, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Domain Names International, Moneytree, UnitedHealthcare, HOM Solutions, Inc., Amgen, Faribault Foods, Inc., Fitzsimmons Credit Union, Huron Healthcare, Novia Strategies, GU Energy Gel, Alpine Buick GMC, Bicycle Village, Boulder Canyon Natural Foods, Del Friscos, Luna Roasters, Mor Beverages, Power Equipment, Rattlesnake Triathlon, Rocky Mountain Sunscreen, Saris, My Inspire Wear, Mix 1, Pearl Izumi, Shimano, Specialized, Rudy Project, Wheat Ridge Cyclery, Treads, Campus Cylces, AnyandAll Bikes, BikeSource, Vecchico’s, Westside Cycling, Nice Bike.
Attendance: More than 2,000 registered riders and 250 volunteers
Special Thanks: To all sponsors, riders, volunteers and supporters
Board of Directors: visit www.childrenscolorado.org
Blacktie Photos by: Steven Shoppman
Starting in July 23rd, a brave set of road bike riders set out to accomplish, for the 22nd time, the Courage Classic. This bike ride has been benefiting Children’s Hospital Colorado each year with this 157-mile race over mountain passes and tough terrain at high altitude. Over three days the riders pedal their hearts out to eventually finish in Leadville, the highest town in North America.
The money raised at this event supports the Children’s Fund, which allows the hospital to quickly improve the care they offer to every child who walks through their doors. This money helps with research, clinics, financial support to patients, and much more. Some of the money also goes to the Hospital Sports Program, which allows those with physical disabilities to participate in activities like fishing, skiing, snowboarding and cycling.
It is programs like the Hospital Sports Program that allow patients to join Team Courage, the star team of the event. Each year this team is comprised of current and former patients of the hospital. Some of the riders have disabilities, others have recovered from cancer, and others have dealt with many other hurdles in their lives. However, their brave spirits are out there with Team Courage for the entire 157 miles to inspire all of us with their relentless tenacity all the way to the finish line. As they cross the finish line each year, the crowd cheers and in many cases tears up watching these wonderful people finish such a great task.
What makes the whole event even cooler is the ability to train with Team Courage leading up to the event. Bicycle Village sponsors the team and they meet at various places in the Front Range starting in the spring. With so much excitement that is not just at the event, but carrying through the year, it is easy to see why this event is so successful year after year. Team Courage leads the way with their hard work and everyone rallies to support them while raising the money needed to keep Children’s Hospital Colorado working at the high level of excellence they are known for.
This spectacular event sells out early every year, so log on to www.couragetours.com to see how you can participate.