Michelle Petix: Honey Stinger is buzz-worthy event
Here’s the BUZZ you should know: the Steamboat Stinger is one sweet event. It brings in a swarm of great athletes to our town, showcases our gem Emerald Mountain and benefits youth mentoring programs and local trails.
Partners in Routt County wants to share our gratitude and asks everyone to take a moment to recognize how fortunate our community is to be home to this wonderful event and its sponsoring “big three” companies: Honey Stinger, BAP! and Big Agnes. This year’s event included nearly 750 mountain bikers and 400 runners. The dedicated staff of the “big three” and more than 100 volunteers make this exciting and fun event a huge success.
Partners, along with Routt County Riders, has been event beneficiaries for many years, and we truly enjoy the volunteer opportunities for our kids, mentors, staff and board members, like filling water bottles, manning aid stations and, of course, setting up and breaking down; and for some, it’s the thrill of being a race participant.
Proceeds from the Stinger, in addition to the annual support Partners receives from the companies, directly contributes to increased services for our community-based 50-plus matched youth, 30-plus waiting youth and their families. We simply could not exist at our current scale and scope without them.
With the recent news of Smartwool’s pending departure from Steamboat, now is a great time to let those who make the Stinger possible know that we appreciate they created and keep their businesses’ “hives” here in Routt County. Notably, we are just one of many organizations that benefits from their presence in and contributions to our community.
With gratitude, from Michelle Petix, Parnters in Routt County executive director, and more importantly, a proud owner of a 1993 BAP fleece pullover that has kept me warm during the cold ski days, smoky sunsets, starry evenings, early morning runs, late night campfires, building a home, raising two fearless daughters and making countless friends in our beautiful community. Special thank you to Bill Gamber for starting it all back in 1985, and to Rich Hager and Len Zanni for bringing it from homegrown to global presence — you are all an inspiration to entrepreneur spirit and community giving.
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