Denver philanthropist to talk Monday, Aug. 6 in Aspen on biking the Divide |

Denver philanthropist to talk Monday, Aug. 6 in Aspen on biking the Divide

Carrie Morgridge stops for a photo during her 2016 mountain bike ride down the Continental Divide.
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What: Book talk with Carrie Morgridge

When: 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6

Where: Paepcke Library, Aspen Meadows campus

Why: The free discussion is about the Morgridge’s 2,800-mile mountain bike ride from Canada to New Mexico

Two years ago, Carrie Morgridge and her husband, John, rode the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, a nearly 2,800-mile long journey from Canada to New Mexico. Monday, Aug. 6, Carrie will give a talk at the Aspen Institute about the ride and the book she recently published on it, titled “The Spirit of the Trail.”

“It was really worth it to really get outside my comfort zone,” Carrie recently told The Aspen Times. “And I just wanted to share that experience with other people.”

The Morgridges manage a multi-million dollar Denver family foundation “that supports education and encourages philanthropy.” The mountain bike ride down the spine of the continent was part of their 25th anniversary celebration, with Carrie saying it also was a way to jumpstart her workout routine after a recent back surgery.

The ride was life-changing for the couple, and brought them closer together.

“It really became mental. And this is where the love story started. My husband and I have always been really close,” Carrie said. “But we were never as close as we were in finishing the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route together, because we knew we had to support each other to finish. And that was the ultimate goal, to finish it.”

The Morgridges and their foundation have long worked with the Aspen Institute, and the couple once called Aspen home for about a decade. Carrie said Monday’s free talk, which starts at 5 p.m. inside Paepcke Library on the Aspen Meadows campus, is like “coming home.”

Carrie hopes her story can do for others what it did for her.

“When I came home, I came home changed,” she said. “It just changed me to be a little kinder. And not just to my husband, but everyone that is around me. That has stuck. It’s now two years later.”

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