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I have never felt so much adrenaline right off the bat as I did in the Skirt Chaser 5k. The race took off from Sports Authority Field at Mile High Saturday evening. Ladies started the race and three minutes later the guys took off. Let the chase begin!
Of course, in my wildest dreams my shoes would scurry across the finish line before the boys caught up. In an attainable dream, I wanted to make it the one mile mark before one of the tough guys passed me. Didn’t happen…but it sure made me push harder. Plus, I figured my new Wonder Dress compliments of Skirt Sports would give me the need for speed!
Following the finsh was one heckuva expo! Local food companies such as LOVE burritos, Justin’s Nut Butter, Rush Bowls, White Girl Salsa and Sosi’s Dips all sampled fabulous made from scratch products. Avery Beer also provided two brews to each participant that was 21 plus. Other vendors sported deals on everything from innovative water bottles and stylish running belts to hold essential items while you are on the pavement. Plus, ‘That 80’s band,’ rocked the house down long after our heart rates came down from the chase.
If you missed this years event you can still check out http://www.skirtsports.com/ to find hip gear from running skirts, vests and even rockin’ dresses!
It’s rare to find a creation as magnificent as the Red Rocks in Boulder. It mirrors a mini Garden of the Gods. The formations are stunning to look at and even more fun to explore. Hikers are welcome to climb to the top of the rocks to see exceptional views. It feels a little like a gigantic playground in the big backyard of Boulder. The Red Rocks Loop is only .7 miles so come one come all! The trail head starts at Settlers’ Park, named after the first American prospectors. About 24 people set up shop at th
e base of Red Rocks in 1858 in search of gold. They were on to something because $100,000 worth of gold was discovered. Word spread and many rushed to the area to see if they too would find luck. The Red Rocks Trail climbs through the ‘ole mining camp. There is a network of short trails that take off in many directions if you are looking to challenge yourself. The luck of finding riches here may have dried out but the wealth you will find in the beauty is worth even more.
Mount Sanitas in Boulder delivers impressive views no matter the season. Whether running, biking or hiking your heart will sing as it beats with you up the steep grade. The hike is a quick 3.3 miles round trip and climbs over 2,000 feet. You will summit just over 6,000 feet.
The trailhead is only five minutes from Boulder’s downtown and starts at the base of Sunshine Canyon. The path makes a loop. If you take the trail to the West you will climb a steeper grade. If you start to the East you will climb gradually on a wide path, called the Sanitas Valley Trail, and work your way to a steep grade about ¾ of a mile into the trek.
Directions to Trailhead:
The Mt Sanitas Trailhead is located on Mapleton Road in Boulder, Colorado. From Boulder, take Broadway to Mapleton Road and turn west. The Mt Sanitas Trailhead and roadside parking area is located just past the Mapleton Medical Center on the north side of the road.
The hike to the “Royal Arch” is so beautiful it’s even fit for royalty. It’s one of the many hikes in Chautauqua Park in Boulder, CO. A rugged climb to the top will land you an up close look at the sheer beauty of the natural sandstone arch that makes the churning and burning worth it.
Getting to the top takes determination. The four mile round trip journey starts in the lower foothills. A steady grade makes up the first mile. Then the dirt terrain is replaced by boulders and stairs carved into rock as the elevation shoots sky high. Reaching Sentinel Pass is gratifying, especially because it feels like the arch will be perched high on the Boulder Flatirons as soon as you summit. Instead, your excitement keeps bubbling as the road continues on for about a half mile.
Around a corner you will catch a glimpse of the 20 foot wide “Royal Arch.” Whatever breath you have left, it will take. The backdrop of the Boulder foothills, eastern plains and even Denver makes for an even more impressive sight. All this for a hike that is a “arch rival” to the many formations found in Arches National Park in Utah.
Directions to Chautauqua: From Highway 36, take the Baseline Road exit and turn left. Take Baseline Road west past 9th street and Chautauqua Park is on the left hand side. Turn left into Chautauqua Park. Overflow parking is also available along Baseline Road, south of the park entrance.
*From here there are plenty of trails to choose from, including “Royal Arch.”
Distance: Four Miles Round trip
A good vacation begins with the sand between your toes. The Columbia Muddy Buddy must be some kind of vacation because this rings true just one step into the race, which starts by running in the Boulder Reservoir.
This is a race that falls out of the ordinary. Founder, Bob Babbitt, generated the idea after running a race called the “Run and Tie.” Two partners switched off running and riding a horse. But if your hearts not pumping the entire time, something has got to change, especially if you are a seasoned athlete like Babbitt.
He liked the idea of partners constantly switching activities, but traded the horse for a bike. One partner on the bike, the other on foot for a total of six miles, facing challenges along the way.
Inflatable obstacles and slides, cargo nets and of course the signature mud pit. And there is no cheating on this one, banners lay low to the pit, forcing you to crawl through. No matter what, it keeps you on your sandy toes.
It’s a day Babbitt says is about “fitness, fun & giving back.” Babbitt knows firsthand the richness sports and fitness bring to your life. Growing up in Chicago, he calls himself the “organizer” of the gang. Orchestrating baseball games and outdoor activities made him a leader. His enthusiasm kept on and he landed a job teaching sports camps to kids. Babbitt eventually excelled further by bringing the glory of sports to disabled athletes.
Some of the proceeds from the Columbia Muddy Buddy benefit the Challenge Athletes Foundation, co-founded by Babbitt. He saw an urgent nee to help disabled athletes purchase prosthetic limbs that allow them to participate in sports like running, cycling, skiing and more. Adaptive equipment is extremely expensive and is often not covered by insurance because insurance companies don’t cover that type of prosthetic.
Enough money has been raised by the Challenge Athletes Foundation to grant 900 athletes running prosthetics. People like David Rozelle, one of the participants of this year’s Columbia Muddy Buddy, are able to stay in the game.
Rozelle lost his leg in Iraq eight years ago after he ran over a landmine in a humvee. He says when he looks in the mirror he misses his leg but with his running prosthetic he doesn’t have to miss running.
The Boulder, Colorado Muddy Buddy may be over until next year, but still check out:
Minneapolis, MN Aug, 28, 2011
Portland, OR Sep. 18, 2011
San Jose, CA Oct. 09, 2011
DaDallas, TX Oct. 16, 2011
Los Angeles, CA Nov. 6, 2011
Miami FL, Nov. 20, 2011