Annual Venus de Miles Ride and Run Hits the Road August 29th 

Boulder, Colo., July 15, 2015—For the 8th year, Venus de Miles, the all-women’s non-competitive road ride in support of Greenhouse Scholars returns to Boulder County on August 29.  

With three course lengths to choose from—30-, 62- and 100-miles—all featuring picturesque views of the Front Range, there is an option for women of all ages and skill levels. The fully supported course includes delicious food and drink at rest stops, as well as, mechanical and motivational support to keep participants energized. The finish line celebration features lunch, cocktails, spa services, entertainment, and more.

Participants can meet and engage with Greenhouse Scholars, the high-performing college students from low-income backgrounds who are the beneficiaries of the event. Venus de Miles began in 2008 when a group of Greenhouse Scholars staffers decided to create a unique fundraising event in Colorado just for women – with all the perks women would appreciate. When Greenhouse Scholars expanded to Illinois in 2012, a second event at Lake Forest was added.

An unforgettable day of fun and fitness in support of outstanding young people from the community, the event continues to grow as women recruit family and friends to join in.

“Venus de Miles is a meaningful and important day for our organization each year,” said Andra Pool, chief operating officer, Greenhouse Scholars. “It’s a powerful celebration of sisterhood, camaraderie, and an inspiring display of support for the incredible Scholars in our program. As the original all-women’s road ride in Colorado, it is great to see so many women back year after year. The atmosphere at Venus is heartwarming, being around all the women and volunteers who are there supporting the Scholars, truly making it a day to remember.”

Support Greenhouse Scholars 

Fundraising is not required to participate; however, as Venus de Miles is the largest annual fundraiser for the organization it is encouraged and appreciated. Participants may fundraise individually or form teams - 100 percent of event proceeds benefit Greenhouse Scholars.  More details on fundraising may be found here:

Venus de Miles is made possible by the support of many local and national businesses. 2015 sponsors include: 8z Real Estate, Bianchi, Bicycling Magazine, LUNA bar, Athleta, Goddess Garden Organics, Colorado Business Bank, and Survey Gizmo. Several additional companies are generously supporting the event through in-kind donations.

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About Venus de Miles 

Venus de Miles is an all-women’s, non-competitive athletic event welcoming women of all ages and abilities. Held in Colorado since 2008 and Illinois since 2012, participants choose from ride course options of varying lengths and, new in 2015, the Illinois event also includes a 5K run/walk. Known for providing an exceptional experience, participants are treated to great support on and off the course. Venus de Miles is organized by and benefits Greenhouse Scholars, a non-profit education organization that serves exceptional college students from low-income communities in Colorado, Illinois, and Georgia.

About Greenhouse Scholars

Greenhouse Scholars, a non-profit organization founded in 2005, serves low-income college students who are exceptionally high performing. Scholars are selected based on academic achievement, service to community, demonstrated leadership skills, and financial need. Through its "Whole Person" approach of intellectual, academic, professional, and financial support Greenhouse Scholars is changing the trajectories of the Scholars and their families, and low-income communities locally and across the globe. To date, Greenhouse Scholars has served nearly 180 students in Colorado, Illinois, and Georgia.

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Lisa Alcorn

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