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Ride for Marc DeRosiers set for Friday to launch Eagle Outdoor Festival

A memorial ride for Marc DesRosiers is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday in Eagle. Riders should meet at 3 p.m. at Yeti's Grind on Broadway in Eagle. The ride will help kick off this year's Eagle Outdoors Festival.
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What: Love Like Marc Memorial Ride

When: 3 p.m. Friday

Where: Meet at Yeti’s Grind in Eagle

Cost: Free. Donations will be accepted.

Information: It’s a benefit for Marc DesRosiers’ family. To help, go to http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/love-like-marc--2.

For Friday’s memorial ride information, visit http://eagleoutsidefestival.com/love-like-marc-memorial-ride/.

EAGLE — When you think of Marc DesRosiers, think of him grinning on his bicycle.

A benefit ride is scheduled Friday afternoon to help kick off this year’s Eagle Outside Festival because … Marc!

DesRosiers, a local biking and sports enthusiast, died in March.

Beth Pappas is helping spearhead this fundraising campaign. She’s a Love Like Marc Charitable Fund board member and sports and events manager for the Vail Recreation District.

“This is an opportunity to continue to help Marc’s family while celebrating his life and doing something he loved to do — mountain biking,” Pappas said. “Members of the Love Like Marc Charitable Fund want to not only help Marc’s family both financially and emotionally, but ensure that Marc’s legacy and adventurous attitude continues to live on.”

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You might remember DesRosiers from his Lucky 13 Ride. He rode 1,300 miles in 13 days from Vail to Detroit, and spent Day 14 running the Detroit Marathon, not because he had to but because he could.

He helped a Michigan nonprofit raise $100,000 for three youngsters with life-threatening illnesses.

DesRosiers is originally from Lake Orion, Michigan, just north of Detroit.

Love Like Marc

The Love Like Marc ride will begin at 3 p.m. at Yeti’s Grind in Eagle, with a ride up the Boneyard Trail, a celebration at the top and a descent down either the Pool and Ice or East Eagle trails.

You’ll end at the Bonfire Brewery and the Eagle Outside Festival Kickoff Party.

There is no cost to participate in the ride, but donations will be accepted prior to, during and after the ride for the Love Like Marc Charitable Fund, supporting DesRosiers’ wife and three young children. A limited number of Love Like Marc memorial bottles and stickers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis during the ride.

A larger fundraiser is scheduled during the Outlier Offroad Festival Sept. 25-27 in Vail.

The Love Like Marc Charitable Fund has set up an Indiegogo fundraising campaign featuring Love Like Marc products. Every dime goes to memorial fund.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

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