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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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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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“Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection”

Wearing brooches is the common theme everyday of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. She made wearing pins her sticking point after the Iraqi government called her an “unparalleled serpent.” Albright boldly responded by wearing a golden serpent pen at her next meeting with the Iraqis. “I found that jewelry had become part of my diplomatic arsenal,” reveals Albright.

Her collection has grown to include hundreds of pins including both costume and antique pieces. From bugs to flowers and doves to flags, each piece delivers a deliberate message. While in Denver to introduce her 200 piece personal collection on display at the Denver Art Museum, Albright wore a cowboy boot brooch to represent her home state and where she bought her first pair of boots in high school.
Albright says the pressure to wear pins can be overwhelming. “We’ve basically created a problem. When I exercise it’s not a good time to wear pins.” But when she is wearing them you can always tell her mood. She discovered the power of jewelry to convey a foreign policy message. They express high hopes, determination, impatience and warm feelings. Simply, her pins have a purpose. 

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” Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection” is at the Denver
Art Museum through June 17.
Public tours are available weekdays at two and weekends at 3.
Visit denverartmuseum.org to purchase tickets

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“Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective” Shows Timeless Modernity

Style is sparking at the Denver Art Museum. “Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective” takes museum goers on a creative journey that revolutionized fashion. Over 200 original haute couture outfits are displayed and leave no room to wonder why Saint Laurent dominated the fashion world. His bold statements still speak today.

“You may not own clothes with Yves Saint Laurent labels, but you likely own clothes inspired by him. Whether it be a safari jacket or a pant suit,” says spokeswoman of the DAM, Ashley Pritchard.

The collection debuted in Paris in 2010 and also saw a successful showing in Madrid. Keeping the momentum rolling, this is the largest collection of Saint Laurent’s designs to make it across the pond. Christoph Heinrich, museum director, was instrumental in bringing the collection to Denver. His eye for style has not gone unnoticed. As Denver locals and visitors alike appreciate the collection,

The retrospective makes exploring over 40 years of Saint Laurent’s designs feel more like a real-life documentary. The show does not limit itself to the display of garments; you will also be engaged with sketches, photos, films and interviews. Saint Laurent brought more than just designs to the fashion world, he was an innovator ahead of his time.

Yves Saint Laurent broke the barriers of fashion in several ways. He wasn’t shy about shaking up the codes of wardrobe for women by dipping into men’s style. Before long, women were wearing pant suits, trench coats and pea coats. He also dared to use bold colors and developed color blocking. For the first time the fashion world saw adventurous color combinations like reds and pinks and blues and yellows. Yves Saint Laurent was also the first to use models of all ethnicity’s on the runway.

Saint Laurent gained inspiration for his designs across countries. Despite not being an avid traveler he was able to jet set the world through books, his imagination and movies. Inspiration from Russia, Japan, China, Spain and India are woven into his creations.

“Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective” runs through July 8 at the Denver Art Museum.
100 W. 14th Avenue Parkway.  

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To purchase tickets visit YSLdenver.com

**Don’t forget to stop at Fashion Studio to get hands on. You can design dresses on dress forms, take to the runway with the latest fashion and create your own sketches. On weekends you can find local fashion designers give demonstrations and answer questions. The fashion studio will be open until September 2nd.

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Ale House at Amato’s serves up Chug & Grub

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The Ale House at Amato’s is seasoned when it comes to making customers into regulars. The restaurant, owned by Breckenridge Brewery, has become known as Colorado’s craft beer bar because they collaborate with their competitors. The Ale House makes it a point to show off several Colorado craft breweries. On tap you will find 35 Colorado beers along with 5 taps open for beers made outside the state.

A newer event, “Chug & Grub,” showcases another way the Ale House teams up with their competition. On the second Wednesday of each month the Ale House hosts a Colorado brewery for a beer and food pairing. “By day all of us breweries are trying to make best brew. By night night we are sitting back clanking our glasses together,” explains Josh Breckel, Regional Sales Manager for Left Hand Brewing Company.


Carri Wilbanks with Charley Sinden of Ale House and Josh Breckel of Left Hand Brewing Company

Carri Wilbanks with Charley Sinden of Ale House and Josh Breckel of Left Hand Brewing Company

The Ale House hosted Longmont’s Left Hand Brewing Company for the March event. The tasting is complete with five beers and four smaller sized portions. Kitchen Manager CharleySinden, breaks out his creativity and food expertise to come up with combos made from scratch. When he walks into the 40 person seating room everyone chants, “Charley, Charley, Charley!” The food is that spot on.

Check out this dessert pairing. A lighter spice beer from Left Hand made with ginger, GoodJuJu becomes the JuJu beer mimosa (or “Beermosa”) when mixed with pineapple juice. On the food side is house made pear bread french toast, pineapple butter and hibiscus syrup. All plates were cleared. (There is also a vegetarian menu available for main courses)

The word on Chug & Grub spreads like wildfire and tickets sell out even quicker. You are guaranteed to meet great people and learn back stories from a representative that talks about each beer briefly. The price per person is only 25 dollars. “We are introducing people to craft beer not trying to make money,” says Sinden. 

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Denver Beer Company is serving brew at the next event set for April 11.


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Win a Free Entry to Denver Color RUN!

Enter for a free race entry to the Denver Color Run!

EASY ENTRY

1. Like Catch Carri on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/CatchCarri

2. Leave a reply with your favorite color!

DONE!

Running events keep breaking bounds. Races have evolved to include bands, obstacle courses, mud pits and now even splashes of vibrant color. The Color Run will dash through Denver May 26th and is nearly sold out! The 5k race has already hit up several cities in it’s inaugural year and could run through up to 40 cities by 2012’s end.
Here’s why it stands out- At every 1 km mark runners pass through a color zone and are splashed with a different shade of a powdery substance. Race founder Travis Snyder says, “You basically Tye Dye a shirt while wearing it.” The 1960’s tradition is revived to include yellow, green, purple and pink magic clouds of dust. “Our goal is to show people that running can be fun again,” says Snyder
The after party is cued at the finish line with bands, food and of course more color.
Here are some tips for the race. Make sure to wear a white shirt to soak up the most colors! Also, hit the sides of color zones for more color and run through the middle for less. Remember, the race is for everyone! You don’t need to be a seasoned athlete- Run, roll, high-knee, skip or walk your way through the course.
The Color Run selects a different charity at each city. Proceeds out of Denver benefit the Children’s Hospital.

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Check out this video link to see what you could be in for!  http://youtu.be/rWjdrHCeG8U
To snag some of the last open spots register at: http://thecolorrun.com/denver/

****Intrigued by the Color Run? There is even more coming from Human Movement Management June 8-10 for the Lyons Outdoor Games!  The event has evolved from an excuse for paddling buddies from around the country to come together for a day of play in the famed Lyons Whitewater Park. If kayaking isn’t your outdoor choice don’t count yourself out. There is also fly fishing, dog events, the burning can beer festival and burning man 5k. Outdoor events will be jamming all weekend long that include beer, music and of course some serious fun!

For more details visit: http://lyonsoutdoorgames.com/

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Win Free Beer from Denver Beer Company!

5 people will each win two beers to Denver Beer Company!

EASY ENTRY

1. Like Catch Carri on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/CatchCarri

2. Leave a reply with your favorite type of beer here!

DONE!

To watch my interview with the owners please visit: http://wp.me/p1BEDm-nW

For more on Denver Beer Company please visit: http://denverbeerco.com/

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