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Gazette Premium Content Monument man to ride in Courage Classic for son

NATHAN VAIL Updated: July 19, 2012 at 12:00 am

They’re cycling for those they care for, for those they know, and for those they nurture.

For one cyclist, Monument resident Jason Mezey, the Courage Classic has become more significant since the May 14 birth of his son, Dillon. The infant has one full left arm, half of his right arm, and no legs.

“Dillon is a normally functioning, healthy 9-week-old,” said Mezey. “We’re so happy he’s now part of our lives.

“I’ve been excited to ride in the Courage Classic for a number of years,” Mezey said, calling it one of his big cycling goals.

The 23rd annual Courage Classic cycling tour is Saturday, Sunday and Monday, taking cyclists through 157 miles across Summit County.

It benefits Aurora-based Children’s Hospital Colorado, to “achieve their needs to purchase new equipment, support child health research, and fund programs such as the Hospital Sports Program for children with physical disabilities,” said Melanie Reiff, who is working on behalf of the hospital to promote the Courage Classic.

“Last year we raised over $2 million,” she said, “and we expect more this year.”

As of June 13, about 2,000 riders had signed up.

“It’s a pretty good sized ride,” Mezey said, but he’s raced in bigger.

Fundraising for the Children’s Hospital continues until Aug. 30, and event organizers encourage people to donate at couragetours.com.

Team Compassion, the team that Mezey is on, has 16 riders. And the spirit of giving is strong: their goal was to raise $3,000, but they surpassed it to $3,945.

“I’ve been riding for three years. I started training on mountains and continued to progress from there,” he said. “I’ve been training hard for the past couple of months. I can’t wait for Saturday.” The tour starts in Leadville and wraps around Summit County to finish back at Leadville.

“With the introduction of our son, and our interaction with children who have special needs, it’s become more significant.”

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