IN THE BEGINNING... THERE WAS A RIDE
IN THE BEGINNING... THERE WAS A RIDE
Participants in the first Colorado (L-R):
Sherm Cooper, Dick Singer, Lon Bromley, Wally Dallenbach, Art Lamey, Del Garner, Al Unser, Ed Kretz, Bobby Unser
When Wally Dallenbach first started the Colorado 500 in 1975, he had no way of knowing how many people his ride would touch. Wally intended for the ride to be a challenge to participants and also an opportunity to raise awareness and support for trails preservation, to support area youth, and fund other important community organizations. He succeeded mightily!
2020 brings the 45th Annual Colorado 500 Charity Invitational Ride. A lot has changed since 1975, but Wally and the Colorado 500 have changed with the times and our riders are true “trail ambassadors.”
It's all of these things that make the Colorado 500 a great event and a class act.
REGISTER FOR THE 45th ANNUAL COLORADO 500
The Colorado 500 is invitation only. Entry forms for the 2020 event are available now for veteran riders. Click the link below to request entry form.
Colorado 500 is Invitational ONLY. Applications are for Veteran Colorado 500 Riders only. Deadline for all applications is June 15th.
From all of us at the Colorado 500, we look forward to seeing you!
JOIN WITH AND SUPPORT
OUR TRADITION OF GIVING
THE COLORADO 500 | 2020
Join hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts from across the US (and beyond), dedicated to helping schools, youth organizations, humanitarian agencies, trail and forest agency alliances, and more for a five-day tour through beautiful Colorado.
Past attendees include Larry Roeseler, The Unsers, Parnelli Jones, Roger Penske, Chip Ganassi, Malcolm Smith, Kurt Russell, Kenny Roberts, Pierre Karsmakers, and we've had participants from around the globe. Factory support provided by Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc., KLIM, Kawasaki, KTM, Yamaha, and Honda.
45th Colorado 500 Charity Invitational Ride
August 16-21, 2020, 5-day, Invitational dirt, street and adventure bike ride starting with tech inspection, registration, lodging accomodations, and opening ceremonies at The Westin Snowmass Resort. Riders then journey to Crested Butte, through Ouray area 2 days, making donation presentations and enjoying the camaraderie and beauty of the Colorado Rocky Mountains before reversing back to The Westin Snowmass Resort for the final evenings Awards Banquet Dinner with a live and silent auction, rider awards presentations, team donations and entertainment.
In order to continue donating to worthy causes, we need your help. Some of our funds come from the generous donors throughout the local communities. Donations, ranging from cash, prizes, auction items, food, drinks, and volunteer time are the support that we need each year. These items are what help drive the success of the Colorado 500!
Gold, Silver and Bronze Sponsorships:
Please contact us to learn more about becoming a named sponsor and the benefits and recognition you could receive.
Colorado 500 Charities Fund Donations: Colorado 500 Charity, Scholarship and Ministry Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your donations are tax-deductible.
Event, Food & Beverage and Other Sponsorships:
While these donations are not tax-deductible, they are vital to our mission. Sponsors will receive advertising and listing on media outlets. We look for everything from food, all types of beverages, energy bars, and other items. We also need goody bags, gear, prizes, silent and live auction items. If you have any questions please reach out. We are thankful for all items donated.
Since 1981, over 175 organizations and individuals have benefited from Colorado 500 support. The following list are 2019 beneficiary's: Basalt High School Project Graduation, and all 3 Basalt Public Schools, Grace Church Basalt, Stepping Stones for Patrick's Place, Roaring Fork Conservancy, Basalt Booster Club's baseball field, Crested Butte Community Schools, Crested Butte Search & Rescue, Ouray Ambulance, Ouray Community Schools, Ouray Mountain Rescue, Hinsdale County EMS, Haven House Montrose, Dolphin House Ouray, Hilltop Community Resources, Lake City Medical Center, Lake City School K-12, Gunnison 4H Club, Silverton Public Schools, Trails Preservation Alliance (TPA), Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO), Colorado Backcountry Trail Riders Alliance (CBTRA), Gunnison Valley O.H.V. Alliance of Trailriders (The GOATs) San Juan Trail Riders, Western Colorado Riders & Enthusiasts Public Group (Westcore) Fragile Kids Foundation, Samaritans Purse, Colin Collins Memorial Award to Disabled Veteran Chris Santistevan, Colorado 500 Ministries, American Motorcycle Hall Of Fame Of America, Sharen Kurtz, and 6 Basalt High School students were granted college Scholarships.
OVER THE YEARS
A total of 2.4 Million Dollars has been distributed from 1981-2019. Broken down: $418,312. United States Forest Service Grants, $253,850. former Legal Defense Fund (currently Trails Preservation Alliance), $197,245. to local search & rescue, emergency service organizations, and trail support organizations. $632,820.00 Basalt High School Scholarships, and $897,773.00 to schools, and many other worthy organizations and individuals throughout Western Colorado.