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Strider for Life bike benefit raises $20,200 to support Flight for Life

The second annual Strider for Life bike race, held on Saturday, Aug. 20, in conjunction with the Frisco Free Family Fun Fair, was an overwhelming success, raising $20,200 through the generous support of the Summit County community. All funds raised are being used to construct the memorial park honoring Patrick Mahany, Dave Repsher and Matt Bowe, the three men involved in the Flight For Life helicopter crash on July 3, 2015. Dave Repsher and Matt Bowe were seriously injured, and Patrick Mahany lost his life in the crash.

The Strider for Life event raised $10,100 through sponsorships, race registration, silent auction items and in-kind donations. This amount was then matched through the generosity of local philanthropists, bringing the total raised to $20,200.

"We thought last year's event was wildly successful because we raised a little over $5,000," Mary Elaine Moore said. "We are thrilled to have increased that by 300 percent with the support of this phenomenally generous community. We are going to keep doing this race so we can continue to support Flight For Life in any needs they might have. They save lives and we want to honor their service and importance in our community."

The 2016 bike race included balance bike races for kids ages 1-5 and relay races for adults. The race was started in 2015 by Brittany Gilbert, who required a lifesaving trip on Flight For Life twice. Gilbert partnered with Mary Elaine Moore, owner of Stork and Bear Co. and Around the World Toys, to lead the first race in 2015. Both founders remain committed to planning Strider races for years to come.

The Strider for Life race will continue to recognize the bravery of Flight For Life professionals, supporting the future needs of this invaluable Summit County asset. The 2017 event will be on Saturday, Aug. 12.

Strider for Life would like to thank all 92 riders who participated and their families. The event organizers would also like to thank their sponsors: the town of Frisco, The Lift FM, Prescription Alternatives, Summit County Builders Association, Spirit Builders, Hearthstone Restaurant, Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant and Cantina, Vail Resorts, Greg Hess Contracting, Breckenridge Restaurant Association and Stork and Bear Co.

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A special "thank you" also goes out to: Anita Koverman at Laser Graphics; Chris Logan; Dan, Shannon, Eamonn and Owen Fallon from Peppino's Pizza and Subs; Dan Radgowski from Mountain Sports Outlet; Chanell Krill from Mary's Mountain Cookies; Meredith and Don Van Dyne; Megan Matza; Kristin Loeffler; Janet Carter; Ursula Fiala; Mary Winquist; Kim Kramer; Melissa Baumann; Amanda Popp; Marty Martinez from Strider Sports; Tim Baldwan; Eddie O'Brien; Bob Moore; Mary Hoffius and TV8; Jen Radueg and Lee Sims of Always Mountain Time; Lea Chandonnet, Brian Donner and Vanessa Agee at the town of Frisco; Tina Figueroa; and Toni Smierciak.