2010 Dusty Boot Colorado-Eagle River Ride is a Feel Good Event | VailDaily.com

2010 Dusty Boot Colorado-Eagle River Ride is a Feel Good Event

Betty Ann Woodland
High Altitude Society
Vail CO Colorado

There were many times on Saturday that I was overwhelmed with the intoxicating beauty of the scenery around us while biking through the countryside along the Colorado River. It is so enthralling to still be mesmerized by these stunning surroundings even after living in the area for 18 years. My guess is that most riders were encouraged along by the environs around us as we pedaled through the heat and head winds. To add to this good feeling, riders know that they are making a difference in the lives of youth. “We have done this ride five times,” said Doug Ackerman of the Chicago area. “We did 70 miles on our mountain bikes – ouch – and had a blast. We know that is a great cause.”

The Colorado- Eagle River Ride (CERR) is a charity ride and continues to be the single largest fundraiser for SOS Outreach, a youth development non-profit. According to SOS, participating in a charity ride means using your athleticism and determination to raise money for and bring awareness to a cause. The cause is investing in our youth.

The value-based curriculum involves core values, including courage, discipline, integrity, wisdom and compassion. Participants talk about the challenge of applying these values to their lives while interacting and connecting with people. Many of these values were drawn upon during the CERR while riders endured flat tires, loose chains, crazy drivers and the oppressive heat. We draw from what is good and right in the world when we see each other put forth their best effort; that could be 42 miles, 100 K or 100 miles. It is all relative to where you are at in your life and in your training; or, as in my case, lack of training (like off the couch). That is what is special about this type of ride – there is something for everyone.

The gold star went to the Mulligan Family of four who has done this ride several years in celebration of their son Chadwick’s birthday.

“Some years he has said, ‘No way, Mom, that is too much work on my birthday,'” said Seanna Mulligan.

Yet, there they were finishing up an experience that teaches their children perseverance, resolve, purpose and a sense of accomplishment. As a Ski and Snowboard Club Vail family, a bonus was to meet SSCV alumni, extreme skier, Chris Anthony at the Dusty Boot post-ride party.

For more information on the mission and programs of SOS Outreach please go to http://www.sosoutreach.org or call 970-926-9292.

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