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Skirt Chaser 5k Pumps Added Adrenaline

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. 

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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!

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Photos from Denver Color Run!

10,000 anxious runners lined up across a start line in Denver’s City Park all wearing similar attire on May 26th. White shirts are must if you are participating in the Color Run. Speakers jammed with upbeat music on a beautiful Colorado day to welcome runners to the happiest 5k on the planet. The event was not timed- fun overrides score keeping.

At each 1k mark runners roll through a color zone and are drenched with a powdery substance. By the end of the race runners were splashed with turquoise, purple, yellow, pink and green. After crossing the finish line runners celebrated thier new vibrant style in front of a jam packed stage. Runners danced to music and reached high to grab individual bags packed with more powdered color. On cue, those with bags in hand sprayed the color into the air sprinkling the crowd with more shades.
Proceeds of Denver’s Run will help color the world of patients at Children’s Hospital.

To check out 13 dates colored in through July check out thecolorrun.com

Photos taken by Nicole Marcelli nicolemarcelli.com

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Yoga Rocks the Park

This coming Sunday you can bend, stretch and contort into yoga poses in Denver’s Great Outdoors. Yoga Rocks the Park is kicking off it’s 4th season at the Sunken Gardens at 9:30 a.m. while the birds are still chirping. Yoga Rocks the Park is scheduled at various Denver parks through September 16. Each week a different musician accompanies the yoga practice as well as a new teacher.

The creator of Yoga Rocks the Park, Erik Vienneau, calls outdoor yoga a grassroots movement. When he started the program four years ago he wasn’t sure that anyone would show up. “I was amazed to see people walking towards me with yoga mats ,” says Vienneau. About thirty people showed up for the first event. Now, numbers reach into the hundreds.

“It feeds the need. It’s bigger than yoga. People are here to connect.” reveals Vienneau.

5 reasons to give outdoor yoga a go.

1. It will invigorate your practice and shake you from a routine studio.

2. Outdoor classes add a new dimension by bringing yoga back to it’s original link with nature.

3. Find inspiration in the outdoors by focusing awareness, breathing deeply and practicing stillness.

4. Learn to embrace rather than battle the elements. A little cool wind can bring stamina, the warmth of the sun may allow you to deepen poses and wavering grass could bring focus.

5. A portion of the net revenue is donated to Colorado based, non profit Yoga World Reach. The program offers yoga as an alternative therapy to people around the globe. 

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 To purchase tickets please visit: http://yogarocksthepark.com/

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Colorado’s Rugged Maniac Breaks Record

With creator of Rugged Maniac, Rob Dickens

With creator of Rugged Maniac, Rob Dickens

The Rugged Maniac in Lakewood, CO reached new heights and shattered a record in the process. Temperatures fell below 50 degrees F. making this race the coldest Rugged Maniac penciled into the books. The rain fell fast and steady, matching the heart beats of thousands of racers anxiously awaiting the start. BANG! And we were off, slipping, sliding, grinding with every bit of grit and determination we could muster to attack this Rugged Maniac!

Rolling dirt hills became muddy terrain providing no traction for racers. Rain soaked ropes meant to help racers summit steep hills became so slick they were tough to grip.  Splashing into pools to maneuver over lap lanes sent chills down participant’s mud covered bodies.

The Rugged Maniac is in the running for the toughest obstacle Run, With a course jam packed with obstacles racers have no time to catch their breath before it’s time to face a new fear. One of the most unique obstacles is the Normandy climb. Dive into underground tunnels with no lights or sound seeping through. After you make your way back onto ground, get ready for more.

Missed Colorado? To sign up for other nation-wide events visit Rugged Maniac.com

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Rugged Maniac set to take Denver by Storm

The set up for Rugged Maniac is no picnic in the park. The crew heads West a week before the race to start constructing the obstacles. “Our obstacles are some of the biggest and baddest,” says COO of Rugged Maniac, Rob Dickens. How could you argue when they are designed by Navy Seals?

Dickens says the intensity of the obstacles is similar to what you will find at Tough Mudder, with one exception.  “Rugged Maniac is a distance people can handle, so it’s more accessible to people.” The course zooms by with twenty obstacles packed into a 5k course. A new obstacle this year will challenge racers by climbing ladders up and over massive stacked shipping containers. They will also encounter the Normandy Crawl, reminiscent of World War II; guiding racers to climb under wires and through mud filled tubes. Not to worry you won’t be in the crosshairs of fire, but go quick and watch your hands and feet!

 Pump up the jams, because the after party has a reputation for being a rockin’ good time and if the race wasn’t enough of a gut check, the party will be! Once the kegs are tapped the beer won’t stop flowing until it’s gone, with music blasting and people cheering. Look for the mechanical bull, beer pong tables and inflatables to keep everyone in the party going strong.

To register visit: RuggedManiac.com

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Denver Beer Company Unveils Incredible Pedal IPA

Cruise your cruiser, race on your road bike or make a statement on a unicycle… you get the point- as long as you’re peddling to Denver Beer Company to swoop up the latest brew. The “Incredible Pedal IPA” is named so because a rigged up bike milled the barley used to make the beer. The creative minds at Salvegetti Bike Shop hooked a mill to a stationary bike that chomps the barley into brew ready form.                                                                                          Last month, people pedaled their hearts out as if they had the yellow jersey during the Tour de France to supply the power for the bike. Now the beer is on tap, but for a limited amount of time.                                                                                                                                                         The beer debuted after a spring ride starting at Wash Park and finishing at Denver Beer Co. Shifting gears upon arrival- give your legs a rest and enjoy a cold one because one dollar from each beer sold benefits Bike Denver. The organization encourages bicycling as part of a healthier life and environment. 

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Denver Beer Company

1695 Platte Street

303-433-2739

http://denverbeerco.com/

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Hiking Waldo Canyon in Manitou Springs

Waldo Canyon can be slick as winter tapers off but that doesn’t mean it’s off limits. With yak tracks and some caution you can enjoy all the spectacular canyon offers year-round. The trail is well groomed and never leaves you questioning the right path. After just one mile you are spit into Waldo Canyon and it’s up to you to find him! The red and white stripes we knew as kids are replaced the red and white of sandstone and limestone. Millions of years ago the area lie deep below the ocean’s surface. The water is gone, but Waldo’s stripes remain, how did he hold his breath for so long?
The Waldo Canon Loop sits at a junction approximately  1.5 miles into the hike. Take your pick… to the left for a more gradual incline at the start or head read right for a more challenging route out of the gate. The loop totals 3.5 miles which cashes the complete hike out at about 6.5 miles. As you summit the 2,000 feet get ready for astonishing views of Pikes Peak and Manitou Springs.
Directions: From Colorado Springs take Highway 24 west past Manitou Springs. After passing Cave of the Winds keep your eyes out for a parking lot on the right side of the road.

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