LEADVILLE, Colo. – Hundreds of credit union staffers from Colorado and Wyoming recently rode bicycles over 162-miles for a good cause. “Once again it was a great year for the Courage Classic and the riders and volunteers who made this a safe and successful event,” said John Dill, Colorado CU League president/CEO. “The Colorado Credit Union League and participating credit unions are pleased to be able to contribute to this worthwhile cause.” Launched 15 years ago by Colorado credit unions and the Colorado Credit Union League, the Courage Classic Bicycle Tour has raised over $5.8 million in net proceeds for The Children’s Hospital, which serves 13 states as a regional pediatric center. Over 300 credit union volunteers also manned aid stations, drove trucks and helped with registration, ensuring the smooth operation and coordination of the three-day tour through the mountains. Along with food and drinks for the riders, this year’s Aurora Credit Union Alliance aid station with help from a few Air Force Honor Guards had a special presentation – The 12 Folds of the American Flag. The theme of this year’s credit union aid station was “Supporting Our Troops.” Over 1,500 bicycle riders came through the aid station to refresh and relax before heading downhill toward the finish line. As part of the Tour, The Children’s Hospital held special programs to recognize credit unions and the League for their financial support and key role in creating and building the Courage Classic over the years. Julie Freed, formerly with Jeffco Schools Credit Union, was given special recognition for her participation and commitment as a volunteer every year since the Tour’s inception in 1990.

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