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Friday, May 18, 2018

Run to the Shrine celebrates 10th anniversary, challenges runners at high altitude

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 10:14 AM

Will Rodgers Shrine — the finish line - FILE PHOTO
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  • Will Rodgers Shrine — the finish line
Runners who like a challenge have found a perfect home in Colorado Springs. Thanks to the altitude, it’s harder to push yourself here than almost anywhere else in the country, and some races take that challenge even farther.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s 10th Annual Run to the Shrine offers runners a 4-mile course on the winding road through the zoo and up to the Will Rodgers Shrine. The nearly 1,000-foot elevation gain isn’t just a challenge — it’s excellent practice for runners preparing for their summer races.

What’s more, an after party at the zoo's homey Lodge at Moose Lake will include vendor booths and plentiful snacks to refuel. Since zoo admission is included with registration, you can even explore and enjoy the zoo while you’re there.

Participants can still register on the day of the event (May 19, 7:30 a.m., $25-$55), knowing their registration money goes directly into care and feeding of the zoo’s animals. If you’re not much of a runner but still want to participate, you’re welcome to walk the course, or even take strollers (children under 2 can register for free). 
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Celebrate the joy of two wheels, good food and beer at Bike Demo Day

Posted By on Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 9:41 AM

Bike Demo Day, March 31, 1-7 p.m., Trails End Taproom, 3103 W. Colorado Ave., free to attend, trailsendtaproom.com. - COURTESY REEB CYCLES
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  • Bike Demo Day, March 31, 1-7 p.m., Trails End Taproom, 3103 W. Colorado Ave., free to attend, trailsendtaproom.com.
Spring has returned, and though hardcore riders aren’t deterred by the cold, it’s once again a great time for everyone to get out on two wheels and enjoy the sunshine and renewed warmth. You may have a perfectly fine bike of your own, but if you want to branch out and see what other manufacturers have to offer, Trails End Taproom is offering a demo day with some of the biggest names in the business. REEB Cycles, Why Cycles, Lenz Sport Bicycles and Mondraker will have some of their bikes on hand for you to test ride through Red Rock Canyon Open Space, with hourly guided rides provided by Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates. Beyond that, enjoy food from BF Chew-Chew Gastrotruck, prizes and giveaways, and of course an after-ride beer or two (or three) in the taproom.
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