2,000 CYCLISTS COMPLETE 155-MILE BICYCLE TOUR TO BENEFIT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL COLORADO
AURORA – July 25, 2013 – The riders of the 24th annual Courage Classic bicycle tour finished their three-day, 155-mile journey through Summit County on Monday. The 2,000 cyclists were supported by more than 400 volunteers and staff as the navigated a brand new route which started and ended in Copper Mountain. This year’s event included an 80-mile stretch for the cycling enthusiasts as well as a family-friendly 33-mile trek.
Riders gathered on day two of the event in Copper Mountain’s Burning Stones Plaza to cheer on everyone’s favorite team, Team Courage. An emotional highlight of the weekend, present and past Children’s Colorado patients were celebrated and embraced as they crossed the finish line (photo included).
The tour, presented by Prologis, is regarded as one of Colorado’s premier cycling events. Funds raised help Children’s Colorado achieve its mission to improve the health of children through high-quality, coordinated programs of patient care, education, research and advocacy. Children’s Colorado ranks among the top 10 in the U.S. News & World Report 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll, and as the region’s only nonprofit children’s hospital, it depends on fundraising events such as the Courage Classic to continue its quality care. Fundraising for this year’s event will continue online through Aug. 31, but early projections show more than $2.24 million already raised for the kids and families treated at Children’s Colorado.