Courage Classic Bicycle Tour Raises Money for Children
Raising money for a good cause last year, Castle Rock 15-year-old Bryan Warnecke is ready again to join others for the Courage Classic Bicycle Tour that helps save lives. The 1,065 bike ride is a fund-raising event to benefit the Children’s Hospital Colorado, and has been for over two decades.
Unlike other riders, Bryan has cystic fibrosis, a hereditary disorder that primarily impacts the respiratory system and exocrine glands, making it more difficult to complete physical activities. Last year, he participated in the Courage Classic bike ride, where he finished with the most money raised by an individual.
“Early last year Bryan came to me and said he wanted to ride the Courage Classic. So we trained and we rode the ride and he rode the entire route,” Bryan’s father Steve Warnecke said in the Highlands Ranch Herald. “We had to stop a couple of times to let his lungs recover a little bit, but he rode the entire route and he raised $70,000, which was the most money ever raised by any rider in the 24 year history of the Courage Classic.”
The tour begins with a 29.76-mile ride from Children’s Colorado’s main campus to the north campus. The 2014 Courage Classic is an annual three-day, 155-mile bicycle tour that will run from July 19-21 that begins and ends at Copper Mountain, according to the article.
All the funds raised during the long ride will benefit the Chidren’s Fund, helping Children’s Hospital Colorado sustain and improve care for kids, while addressing the important needs of particular areas of the hospital.
To find out more about Bryan’s story and to see how to help the Children’s Hospital visit www.pinklightning.org.