The 25th annual bicycling tour for Children’s Hospital Colorado raises $2.9 million
AURORA, CO, September 10, 2014 – The 2014 Courage Classic, presented by Prologis, raised $2.9 million for Children’s Hospital Colorado, the highest total in the event’s history. More than 2,000 cyclists participated in the annual bicycling tour, which started and ended at Copper Mountain resort and included some of the most challenging and scenic passes in the Rocky Mountains. The three-day event ended on July 21, but riders continued their fundraising efforts through the August 31 deadline to raise $2.9 million, a record-breaking total.
For this year’s 25th Courage Classic, riders were challenged to increase their fundraising by 25 percent over their previous year’s total. “Wheels of Justice” was the top fundraising team for the 4th consecutive year, raising more than $365,000. The 271-person team has been riding since 2005 and has raised a cumulative total of over $2 million. The top individual fundraiser was Bryan Warnecke, a 15-year-old Children’s Colorado patient who has cystic fibrosis. Despite having a disabling disease that requires 50 pills and two respiratory treatments per day, Warnecke rode more than 1,000 miles throughout Colorado for 40 days leading up to the event, raising an impressive $258,180 for Children’s Colorado.
“I ride because I love Children's Colorado and all that the incredible cystic fibrosis staff does to keep me healthy, active and pursuing my dreams,” said Warnecke, who has aspirations of being the first person with cystic fibrosis to compete in the Olympics on the USA hockey team.
Including this year’s funds, the Courage Classic has raised a cumulative event total of $35.7 million. These critical funds support Children’s Colorado’s ongoing mission of improving the health of children through coordinated programs of patient care, education, research and advocacy. As the region’s only comprehensive nonprofit children’s hospital, the organization depends on the philanthropic support of the community – through fundraising events such as the Courage Classic – to continue its quality care.
“We are so grateful to everyone involved for helping to set a new fundraising record,” said Children’s Colorado Foundation Special Events Director Sheri Muilenburg. “From the volunteers and staff to the riders and donors, the dedication and compassion for children demonstrated at the 25th Courage Classic was truly inspiring.”
Visit couragetours.com to learn how to participate in or support the 26th Courage Classic, which is slated for July 18-20, 2015. At the website, you can also learn more about the riders and teams that crossed the finish line.