The Irish Embassy Pub

The Embassy Awards Iron Horse Riders

The idea emerged from owner Jerry Hembury. Back in his lifeguarding days, Jerry used to compete in rough water swims in Southern California.The La Jolla rough water event would give ” Survivor Medals” if you completed the swim. Jerry liked the idea and brought it with him to Durango. This Saturday for the first time, riders (not racers) in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic will receive a medal when they reach Silverton. The medal was based on a previous Iron Horse poster and designed by the Irish Embassy’s marketing and graphic designer, Cindy Coleman. Jerry, Cindy, and Embassy manager Phil Brennan sat with Race Director Gaige Sippy and Patti Zink and brainstormed their idea earlier this year. The Embassy has wanted to provide this sponsorship for many years and are very excited to have their idea come to fruition. We want to wish all the riders good luck, and we’ll see you in Silverton!

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Thanks for the cool medallion, what a great idea and a generous thing for you to do.
My friend’s dad did the ride but didn’t know about the medallions so didn’t pick one up. Is there any way I can get one for him? His name is Ray Vierck.
Thanks again,
Kathleen Jobe

Comment by Kathleen Jobe

Sorry Kathleen but we actually ran out of medals! We were told to order 1000 and we ordered 1200 and somehow still ran out. We plan to do it again next year – hopefully with a better count. Congratulations on finishing the race!

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