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Pedaling for a purpose with STARS

Though this year has been difficult for each of us, having more downtime has also given us the opportunity to recognize and appreciate the blessings that we have. In Steamboat, we are so fortunate to live in a community that is passionate about giving back… while enjoying the great outdoors! Founded in 2006, STARS has been helping people with disabilities enjoy recreational activities and gain access to specialized equipment in the Yampa Valley for nearly two decades.

In 2008, STARS expanded their programs to include summer programming with day camps, sports leagues, overnight camps, and more. As an organization, STARS aims to use sports and recreation to teach self-confidence, and independence. STARS also offers scholarships to those kids and adults that have financial barriers preventing them from participating in sports and outdoor programs.

Since their founding, the fantastic team at STARS has served over 300 people with over 2,000 lessons and over 5,000 volunteer hours.

As such a huge part of our community, we are beyond excited that their annual cycling fundraiser will still be happening this year!

Biking the Boat and Beyond

September 19th through 27th

This fun event allows participants of all ages to raise money while getting out on their bicycle. Whether you like to hit the pavement on a road bike, take on the trails on a mountain bike, or simply cruise along the sidewalk, this event is for everyone! There is no minimum ride distance, which allows the most novice of bikers to participate.

Don’t worry! This year you don’t have to be in the Yampa Valley to participate, simply register with STARS and hit the pavement from your hometown.

All riders will log their rides on the free STRAVA app, this will also allow riders to connect with one another and share photos. For local riders, pick up your “Bike Box” prior to the start of the week, this box is loaded with a race bib, bicycle water bottle, Honeystinger snacks, and other surprises!

For more information on this event or to donate, please visit the STARS website.