Steamboat Springs Mustache Ride to benefit Routt County Humane Society
October 2, 2012
Steamboat Springs — There is only one requirement for this Saturday's sixth annual Mustache Ride.
Whether you're a man, woman or baby, you have to have a mustache. But it also will help to have a big heart that's willing to help out the Routt County Humane Society during the mud season tradition of a pub crawl and cruiser bike ride.
The Mustache Ride kicks off at 3 p.m. Saturday at McKnight's Irish Pub & Loft, and includes stops at nine other local establishments throughout the evening.
What started on a fall afternoon six years ago as a group of friends riding bikes around while wearing mustaches has evolved into a community fundraising event and a boost for local businesses during the offseason.
"It initially started out as a fun thing to do as a gathering among friends," said Nate Bird, who launched the event with friend Rob Peterson. But in the gathering's second year, he said businesses called him and requested the group stop at their establishment. "It's kind of snowballed from there."
This year, the event's organizers have stepped it up with support from Casey Barnett, of SeeMe Media and KFMU.
With an online Indiegogo campaign, mustache riders are encouraged to sign up early and donate funds to earn free drinks throughout the ride.
All of the proceeds go to the Routt County Humane Society.
Bird said that in the event's fourth year, as the numbers started to increase through word-of-mouth and across social networks, the organizers decided that the impromptu gathering could be a boon for a local charity.
Bird chose to benefit the Humane Society because he loves animals. His dog, a Catahoula mix named Grommet, is a rescue dog, he said.
"We were all there, and it was all locals, and people like to contribute to Steamboat and our sense of community," Bird said. "It's such a dog/animal town."
This year, the cost to participate is a $10 donation. But sign up early on the website to donate even more: Participants earn free drinks at various Mustache Ride stops based on the level they donate.
For example, $30 gets riders a shot at Sunpie’s Bistro as well as a shot and a Guinness at McKnight's. Go up to $100 and you can add to that list a special shot at Carl's Tavern and a beer tower at The Tap House Sports Grill.
The event ends at Sweetwater Grill with a free concert at about 9 p.m. There will be giant mustaches denoting participating bars throughout the afternoon. Costumes are encouraged and so are cruiser bikes. Mustaches are a must.
"Just 'cause they’re funny," Bird said.
To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com