Steamboat Springs I rode in last year’s inaugural Ride 4 Yellow mountain bike event. It seemed like a great way to spend a few hours in the saddle while honoring the memory of my two grandparents and an uncle whose lives were ended by cancer. I felt good about the $500 I raised for cancer initiatives, though I wish I would have raised more. I had an absolute blast at the event itself.
This year I’m on the executive committee. To be honest, it’s been a challenge to find the time to stay on top of the many tasks needed to pull off an event that aims to raise $300,000 or more. But like so many other committees and boards of directors in this community, the Ride 4 Yellow group is loaded with talented, caring folks who give selflessly of their time and money. No one wants to let each other down.
I also don’t want to let down Win Park, Laura and Brad Cusenbary, Joy Rasmussen and Liana Gregory, each of whom I had the honor of getting to know better during recent “Who Do You Ride 4?” photo shoots for this year’s Ride 4 Yellow. They each have an inspiring story about why they’re riding in this year’s event. The ad featuring Win is on page 2 of today’s paper.
It’s a challenge to find someone whose life hasn’t been affected by cancer. It’s why most of the 200 riders who will participate in the Aug. 7 event will be there. Same goes for the many volunteers and committee members working behind the scenes to make the event a success.
Ride 4 Yellow is just one of at least three great local events taking place this summer to help in the fight against cancer. If you’ve been touched by cancer in some way, I encourage you to consider being part of any or all of them.
■ The annual Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament is Tuesday at Rollingstone Ranch Golf Club. One-third of the event’s proceeds support research through the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The remaining two-thirds go to the Yampa Valley Breast Cancer Awareness Project, a nonprofit group that helps local women pay for mammograms, transportation to cancer treatment, wheelchairs, wigs and other support mechanisms. It costs $100 a person to play. Call 970-879-1391 to sign up.
■ Steamboat’s annual Relay For Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is July 22 and 23 at Gardner Field at Steamboat Springs High School. Teams of walkers can register for $100. This year’s goal is to have 55 teams raise a total of $130,000. If you haven’t been to the high school for the survivors lap, be sure to be in the stands at Gardner Field at 6 p.m. July 22. The luminaria ceremony scheduled for 9 p.m. is similarly moving. To sign up for Relay For Life, visit www.steamboatrelayforlife.com.
■ Finally, this year’s Ride 4 Yellow is Aug. 7. The 25-mile ride on the Continental Divide Trail through the Routt National Forest is noncompetitive and a lot of fun for intermediate and advanced mountain bike riders. The cost to register is $100, with each participant also pledging to raise at least $500 for cancer efforts. Half of all proceeds are donated to the Livestrong Foundation, and the other half stays in the Yampa Valley to be doled out in a granting process. New to this year’s event is a Ride 4 Yellow Ball to be held Aug. 5 at Marabou Ranch. The event will include food, drinks and a great silent auction, and it’s a great way for nonriders to get involved. The mountain bike ride is limited to the first 200 registrants, and we’re already halfway there. For more information or to register, visit www.ride4yellow.com.
Brent Boyer is editor of the Steamboat Pilot & Today. He can be reached at 970-871-4221 or bboyer@SteamboatToday.com.