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Growing Mustache Ride combs most donations yet

Julia Ben-Asher/For Steamboat Today
A huge group of riders turned out for the 2016 Mustache Ride in Steamboat Springs. This year's event raised over $17,000 for Routt County Humane Society.
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— The Mustache Ride’s logo features a seemingly smiling bicycle seat wearing not one but two mustaches, proclaiming, “It’s for the animals.” The literal animals mentioned are those of the Routt County Humane Society, which benefited from the Mustache Ride’s largest-ever donation in October.

“We raised $17,324 this year, absolutely blowing 2015 out of the water,” Mustache Ride co-founder and organizer Nate Bird said.

All event proceeds went directly to the Humane Society, as well as extra donations from participants and sponsors alike.

The Humane Society typically uses money raised to help with things such as veterinary care and spay and neuter surgeries, according to RCHS Executive Director Alexis Pagoulatos.

“Sometimes, we’ve got people in unexpected life situations, like temporary homelessness, so we provide up to two weeks in free boarding,” Pagoulatos said.

The two cats that were recently orphaned by a fatal crash on Rabbit Ears Pass have been boarded under the organization’s Safe Haven program as they await transportation back home to Pennsylvania.

“They’d otherwise be stranded,” Pagoulatos said.

She noted that this year’s overall donations to the organization weren’t as high as expected.

“So it was a lifesaver to have those (Mustache Ride) donations come in,” she said.

“We are incredibly grateful to the community for supporting us, to the organizers for working so hard to set something up, and obviously for the people who participate,” Pagoulatos added.

This year’s Mustache Ride — the 10th annual — took more than 400 mustachioed, costumed bicyclists (and tricyclists, and tandem bicyclists) from McKnight’s Irish Pub to Freshies, Steamboat Smokehouse, Carl’s Tavern, Sunpies Bistro, Back Door Grill, Dude & Dan’s Bar and Grill and Hungry Dog.

Event organizers noted they’d raised about $12,000 in 2014 and 2015 and had been aiming to hit the $15,000 mark in 2016.

“It certainly is a nice warm fuzzy to be able to help out animals that need our help so badly,” Bird said.

The 11th annual Mustache Ride is set for Oct. 7, 2017.


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