Thousands of riders will gather together during this year’s 28th Courage Classic Bicycle Tour benefiting Children’s Hospital Colorado. This inspiring event, which has raised millions of dollars to support the patients and families that Children’s Colorado serves, would not be possible without the help of the volunteers that come back year after year.
Simply saying “thank you” to the generous volunteers at this event never feels like enough. Their time doesn’t just help the event to run efficiently, it also helps provide the positive energy and uplifting atmosphere that keeps people coming back each year, with their bikes in tow.
Many of our volunteers, like Carol Page, are not first timers. Carol not only helped to get the first tour off the ground, but she has volunteered at every single Courage Classic since the inaugural tour in 1989. She is one of many volunteers who represent the dedicated people who have given so much through the years to make Courage Classic a success.
Carol began working at Children’s Colorado in 1970 as a physical therapist. She brought her passion outside of the hospital when she became involved in what is now known as the Adaptive Recreation for Childhood Health (ARCH) program, formerly known as the Hospital Sports Program (HSP), at Children’s Colorado. ARCH helps children, teens and young adults with physical disabilities by providing them with recreational resources and programs, including skiing, snowboarding, golfing, fishing and bicycling.
“It’s very inspiring to know we did touch these kids’ lives and help them in some small way to become productive adults,” said Carol.
Over the years, Carol and several of her friends, including Margot Thompson, Sandi Yokooji, June Anderson, and Lynne Harness, have volunteered doing everything from packing rider goodie bags to running the road office at the tour, to now helping at the merchandise tent. It’s no understatement to say that Carol and her fellow volunteers have truly helped at every stage of the Courage Classic as the tour has grown and changed.
“There have been a lot of pieces to the pie, and we have always kind of been there for all the pieces,” said Carol.
Going into this year’s event, Carol reflected what has kept her coming back all these years.
“Knowing that we are all supporting Children’s Colorado and being able to see the success of people coming off the mountain and their dedication is truly inspirational to see,” said Carol.
We are inspired by these volunteers’ dedication and commitment to such a worthy cause year after year.
If you would like to support Children’s Hospital Colorado, please visit couragetours.com.