Tour de Steamboat brings in big numbers for beneficiaries
Steamboat Springs — The Tour de Steamboat, which held its 12th annual charity ride in July, wants its beneficiaries to know it is committed to them and vice versa. After all, raising tens of thousands of dollars is much easier done together.
“They can count on us; we can count on them. We are doing work now for two years down the line,” said event organizer Katie Lindquist. “By them knowing we are going to be there for them, and us knowing they are going to be there for us, we can keep building on what our product is.”
July’s ride gave participants the choice of riding 26, 40 or 110-miles around Steamboat Springs, with the money raised going toward four unique organizations. On Monday, the Tour de Steamboat board of directors officially presented a check for $65,000 to Routt County Riders, Partners in Routt County, Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide and the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.
The four groups will divide the money, equaling approximately $16,250 each, a number Lindquist said could go up by the end of the year with more donations coming in.
“We stick with these recipients, because they’ve actually made a board of directors on their own to help them make more money, as well,” Lindquist said. “It’s really great to work with a team that can count on us, and we can count on them.”
This was the third year Tour de Steamboat has raised money for these four organizations, and they plan to continue to use them as the beneficiaries going forward.
Last year, $72,000 was raised, with this year seeing a slight decrease, mostly due to added event costs. Two years ago, the event raised $50,000 for the four organizations.
“It’s what we consider a great cross-section of our needs in town to raise money for. It’s huge for us. It makes all of us feel really good,” Lindquist said. “Really, we did it as a team, and it feels great.”
The 2016 Tour de Steamboat is scheduled for July 23.
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