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Teen hosts public ride benefitting Children’s Hospital Colorado

Published: July 11, 2014, 5:51 pm, by Jakob Rodgers

A teenager with cystic fibrosis is hosting a public training ride on Saturday as part of an effort to raise money for Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Bryan Warnecke will host a free light breakfast at 8 a.m. before taking off at 9:30 a.m. for a 39.42-mile ride that departs from the hospital’s Briargate Outpatient Specialty Care Center, 4125 Briargate Pkwy. The public is invited to ride along, though bicyclists will be capped at 40.

The teen raised $70,000 last year by riding in the three-day, 155-mile Courage Classic bike tour, which benefits the hospital. And he did it all despite partially losing function in his right lung.

He’s aiming to raise more money this year as part of his Pink Lighting Tour, which will span 43 days and 1,065 miles as an additional fundraiser for this year’s Courage Classic. Thus far, it has raised more than $220,000, according to the tour’s website.

To learn more about Bryan’s tour, visit www.pinklightning.org.