The pandemic caused a delay but registration and fundraising for the 2021 Courage Classic has begun. My goal is to complete the 78 mile bicycle ride from Copper Mountain, up Fremont Pass, over Red Mounain Pass, up Battle Mountain, and up Vail Pass back to Copper Mountain. Of course there are descents in between. Last year the ride did not meet at Copper so I rode 80 miles around Fort Collins. So far, this year's ride is back on. This is really for the fundraising but there are other benefits. Biking has helped my knees. My motto is still "older and slower" and biking should help with the former. And you should feel good about donating. Children's Hospital Colorado is an unbelievably worthy cause.
The team I ride with is the Wheels of Justice. Wheels of Justice is devoted to raising funds and awareness for pediatric cancer. All proceeds raised by Wheels of Justice go straight to the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital Colorado. This year our team will honor the memory of Koby Gruenwald.
On Dec. 2, 2017, the sanctuary of the Hebrew Educational Alliance was filled to overflow capacity for Koby Gruenwald’s Bar Mitzvah. Fifty days later, Jan. 21, 2018, the sanctuary filled once again, this time for Koby’s funeral. He battled brain cancer for nearly two years before discontinuing treatment.
As a young man, Koby was very outgoing and active. He loved cycling, baseball, music, and dancing; even riding with Wheels of Justice in the Courage Classic in July of 2017. Surrounded by his family, his twin siblings, Micah and Hannah rode the Courage Classic with Koby. The team is so grateful to have had just a few days with this fun-loving boy and his family.
The Courage Classic is not only a personal challenge, but also an opportunity to support Children’s Hospital Colorado.