BUTTE – “My husband Peter was very passionate about biking. He loved outdoor recreation. No matter what sport it was he was a part of it,” says Peter Sorini’s wife Stephanie. “But Biking was his true passion. It was something that he had done for many years.”
Among the many memories Peter Sorini’s legacy has left behind, one of the most profound was his passion for biking. That passion spilled over to the rest of his family, which was always right by his side.
“This race was something that was very important to our family because it was important for him,” Stephanie adds. “Whether it was encouraging him on the trail and going to the race and watching him and cheering him on, or just being a part of the training process because it is a grueling race.”
And while Peter battled cancer, race organizers decided that his name would be forever cemented in the race.
“So at that time in 2015 when they named it the Sorini 25, it really meant a lot to us, and during that time he was battling cancer. It was a very difficult time and to have this honor brought upon him on something that meant so much to our family was pretty awesome,” says Stephanie.
But a once in a lifetime opportunity unfolded for the Sorini family — a chance to make sure the Butte 100 would stay local for the people of the Mining City and for the lasting memory of Peter Sorini.
“So when this race came up for sale through our friend and when we heard a performance company was going to purchase it, we thought we needed to keep it in Butte. It needed to be owned by Butte people,” Stephanie said. “It needed to be owned by people who were passionate in our community.”
350 racers will hit the course Saturday testing every ounce of their drive, endurance and passion to be a part of something miraculous. It’s something that will forever be apart of them, like it was for Peter Sorini.
“Letting people know that anything is possible,” Stephanie adds. “We want them to don’t stop believing, to really go out there and dream big and to pursue their dreams by racing this race. So we really are honored to be a part of it and to be able to do good things for this race for the community, as well.”