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Biking the Boat to raise money for STARS

Riders leave the start-finish line at the 2015 Biking the Boat Charity Bike Ride. The event is held every year as a fundraiser for STARS programs.

— Organizers of the STARS Biking the Boat charity ride will tell you there are a lot of reasons to climb on a bike and take part in one of the event’s four races this weekend.

But Tim Krumrie didn’t need a list of reasons to ride when he decided to take part in the 55-mile challenge ride with his wife, Cheryl, this weekend. He wanted to do it for the veterans who suffer debilitating injuries while serving their country.

“I am riding in honor of those who have served for us,” he said. “I enjoy interacting with the men and women who served in our military and sharing stories with them. The hills don’t feel so bad when you consider what they have gone through.”

The rides are scheduled to take place Saturday and will start and finish in Gondola Square at the base of Steamboat Ski area. Riders can compete as individuals or can form teams.

The money raised from the event will help support STARS — Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports — a local organization that provides life-changing experiences for clients with cognitive and physical disabilities as well as those with autism and wounded warriors and their family members. The event is one of three major fundraising events for the organization.

STARS Executive Director Julie Taulman said Biking the Boat is great because it allows people to see what STARS is all about.

“It’s great because people have the chance to ride side by side with people who have a disability,” Taulman said. “I think it’s as much inspirational as it is motivational for a lot of people.”

Taulman encourages participants to register for the event by 5 p.m. Friday. Procrastinators can still sign up on Saturday, but they may or may not get a T-shirt

“It’s not our biggest fundraiser, but it’s a good one,” Taulman said. “It’s great because it offers a chance to participate for people with and without disabilities. Some of the participants have been working up to be able to ride in the 5-mile, 26-mile and 55-mile events. For others, it will be a chance to see the equipment that is used by people with disabilities and what those people can do with that equipment when it’s available.”

For Krumrie and his wife, Cheryl, the event is something they look forward to every year. Cheryl started riding three years ago and recently joined the board of STARS.

“I love working with an organization that is so worthy to so many people not only in Steamboat, but all across the county,” she said. “Although many cyclists have done this ride, it is a lot more fun when you do it with a group. The suffering of the “Three Sisters” isn’t as bad when shared with your friends.”

Cheryl and Tim will ride the 55-mile race. Riders can also choose between a 26-mile challenge ride and a 75-mile challenge ride. These is also a 5-mile all-ability ride and a free event for children 5 and younger. Participants who raise more than $250 will receive a 2016 Biking the Boat jersey.

Anyone interested in taking part in the rides can register online at http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1158510

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966


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