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Colorado 500 Charities Fund Receives $15,000 Grant from Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative.

[March 27, 2024] - The Colorado 500 Charities Fund has been awarded a generous grant of $15,000 from the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative. This grant will significantly support the Colorado 500 Trail Preparation Project assisting Colorado Trail Clubs and Alliances with projects to preserve, enhance, and improve OHV access opportunities along the Crested Butte to Ouray and the surrounding CO Rocky Mountains.

The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative is renowned for its commitment to supporting outdoor recreational projects and initiatives across the nation. Through their generous grant program, they empower organizations like Colorado 500 to make a meaningful impact in our communities and beyond. The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative combines the strength of Yamaha’s national dealer network, and customers to create a unified force supporting safe, responsible riding and sustainable, open riding areas. Long-time friends and local Yamaha Dealers Morrill Griffith, Sun Sports Unlimited in Gunnison, and Lincoln Davis, Davis Service Center, Montrose proudly endorse Colorado 500.

The Colorado 500 (CO500) going on its 48th Annual in 2024 is an invitational charitable motorcycle event founded in 1975.  In 1981 a Charity Fund was established to distribute scholarship grants and charitable donations to Colorado small town schools, search and rescue, hospitals, shelters, trail preservation organizations and more. Over 3 million has currently been distributed making a difference for many while bringing many riders from across the country which also benefits CO State Tourism and local economies.

About the CO500 Trail Preparation Project: The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative grant is aimed to fund specific projects through partnerships with the San Juan Trail Riders (SJTR), Western Colorado Riders and Enthusiasts (WESTCORE), Gunnison Valley OHV Alliance of Trail Riders (GOATS), Colorado Off-Hwy Coalition (COHVCO), CO Backcountry Trail Riders Association (CBTRA), and Trails Preservation Alliance (TPA). These clubs are mainly all volunteer and have specific needs in relation to clearing trails from volunteer recruitment to chainsaws, transportation, fuel, tools, gloves for trail maintenance projects, educational projects that promote responsible motorcycle riding and environmental stewardship. Through these partnerships, grants, and volunteer efforts a common goal is shared and the combined effort helps ensure that outdoor recreation remains accessible and sustainable for future generations.

For more information about the Colorado 500 Charities Fund and its initiatives, please visit

Contact: Janet Lohman, President/Executive Director, Colorado 500 Charities Fund Phone: (970) 927-4010 email:

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