Children’s Hospital seeks local help for future Courage Classics |

Children’s Hospital seeks local help for future Courage Classics

From left, Aiee Irons, Valerie Franks and Kelsey Maloney pose for a photo atop Vail Pass during the 2017 Courage Classic bike tour in support of Children's Hospital Colorado on July 22. Organziers of the annual bike tour are looking for volunteers to help with future Courage Classic events.
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Organizers of the Courage Classic, an annual summertime bicycle tour at Copper Mountain in support of Children’s Hospital Colorado, are calling for volunteers who live in the High Country for future events.

To put on the most recent Courage Classic at Copper, which featured more than 2,000 riders the weekend of July 22, most of whom have a deep connection to the hospital, it required the help of about 300 volunteers.

Finding that number of people to help isn’t necessarily the hard part, said hospital communications manager Erin Bodine, but finding places for them to stay during the course of the multi-day event is, she explained.

“We really need more volunteers who live here just because housing is so scarce,” Bodine said. “The more people we can have who are in their own home and volunteering is super helpful to us.”

As a result, Bodine said the hospital is hoping to beef up its database of locals living in the Summit, Lake and Eagle counties who might want to help with the annual bike tour.

Children’s Hospital Colorado stands as the only nonprofit hospital exclusively for children in the region, according to Bodine, and the Courage Classic is an open-ended bike tour with multiple routes and is not meant to be a race in any way. No times are recorded, and everyone is recognized as a winner.

Rather, the tour serves as a way for people to support an organization that has touched the lives of many people, most of whom were at some of their worst moments. For many of the children who participate, it is the first time they have been well enough to ride.

For other families, including a number who’ve faced the death of a child, they are riding in that child’s honor or to continue research for a specific disease.

Volunteers get free meals, a T-shirt or two depending on their commitment, and the hospital’s “everlasting gratitude and appreciation.”

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, and some of the different positions include Ham radio operator, jobs with the medical and marshal crews, and more. Most positions require a two-day commitment.

To learn more, go to and click on the “Volunteer” tab.

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