Local’s memory propels Rockies ride | VailDaily.com

Local’s memory propels Rockies ride

Story and photos by Carolyn Pope

The dream is to keep his name and energy alive. With friends like Bill Sutphen, Margie Plath, Hayden Scott and his wife, Lisa, that won’t be difficult.When Jon Efraimson died in February of 2003, he left a legacy of life, hope, fun, spontaneity, giving, vitality and love.

And even in death, his legacy continues to give.”Jon set an example that we could all live by,” said Ed O’Brien of the Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation. “He gave his time and his talent. “We met while we were both working on the Colorado Ski Museum and Ski Hall of Fame, and he gave of his body, his mind and his soul to the bios of the inductees,” O’Brien said. “He continued to be a part of the event up until the end.”Sutphen, division vice president and general manager of the Coors Distributing plant, met Efraimson while he was the chair of the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame and Ski Museum. With Efraimson’s spirit in mind, he has committed for the second year to the compete in Ride the Rockies to raise money for the Jon Efraimson Cancer Support Fund.

The tour is sponsored by Coors and takes 2,000 cyclists on a six-day ride through the Rockies. The race begins June 20 in Boulder and finishes June 25 in Copper Mountain. “You’d meet Jon and immediately run around the block three times,” said Scott, Efraimson’s business partner. “He was a great motivator.”He certainly motivated Sutphen, who said he envisions creating, developing and sustaining an major annual fund-raiser that embodies Efraimson’s spirit and energy. The effort will provide funding to the Shaw Cancer Center and financial and emotional support to cancer patients and their families.The goal is lofty – to raise $100,000 to provide support for the Efraimson Fund. Around $50,000 was raised at a fund-raiser Sutphen hosted last week at the distribution plant in Denver.

There will be a party celebrating Sutphen’s Ride the Rockies adventure and to raise money for the Efraimson Fund at 7 p.m., June 24, at the Bully Ranch in the Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail. A $10 donation is suggested to enter and Sutphen will be there to meet and greet. He’ll also be auctioning off the special Coors box for a Rockies game and a 2004 Orbea USA road bike valued at $2,000 donated by Moontime Cycles of Edwards Donations can be sent to Bill Sutphen, Coors Distributing Company, 5400 N. Pecos, Denver, Colorado, 80221. For more information on the Efraimson Cancer Support Fund, please go to http://www.vvmc.com or call Marty Suarez at 569-7511.

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