This past weekend Team Newton joined in the ranks riding in the Courage Classic. The Courage Classic is a cycling event that supports Children's Hospital Colorado, which is consistently one of the top five pediatric hospitals in the country with its foundation in four key pillars; treatment, research, bench to bedside (applying the research to real world situations) and entrepreneurship.
Children's Hospital Colorado is especially dear to Newton's own vice president Anne Klein whose brother was diagnosed with late stage cancer when he was 13 years old. He was treated and cured by the staff at Children's. Anne was one of the three members of the Newton crew this year which also included Susan Lyons and Kevin Daner. They were joined on the ride by Children's Hospital Foundation board member John Fernie.
The event itself consists of three days of riding beginning with a 58 mile day that starts in Leadville and heads over Vail Pass to Copper Mountain, with 3,985 feet of elevation gain thrown in for good measure. Day two gives riders a choice of the Family Ride of 35 miles, the typical ride of 54 miles with 2,230 feet of elevation gain, or, if riders were in a mood to go long, the century ride of 100 miles to Ute Pass.
Day three took riders to their highest elevation at Fremont Pass of 11,318 feet and then brought them around Turquoise Lake and back into Leadville for the finish. At the finish line, all were greeted by the smiling faces of Children's patients who handed out medals to all finishers.
For more about the Courage Classic, please visit their website.