Get out and party, Eagle
The winter that never ends. That’s what it’s felt like this week, with rain and snow instead of the sun and blue sky most valley residents are craving. That’s supposed to change this weekend – it’s supposed to be in the high 60s, low 70s in Eagle, just in time for the town’s big spring hoorah – Party for the Planet, the Boneyard Boogie 10-kilometer footrace and the two-day Get Out Expo. The Get Out Expo started three years ago and was originally called Boot Days. John Shipp, owner of the Dusty Boot, started the event. “I started the event to kick off the summer season,” Shipp said. “I saw the need for an event that celebrates the reasons why we live here – biking, hiking, running, rafting. One of my big passions is mountain biking and that’s a big push for us in Eagle, to let people know about our trail system, which is extensive and one of the best in the country.”Each year, the event has grown extensively. This year, the event will take place in conjunction with the Party for the Planet and will include more than 30 outdoor vendors, representatives from bike manufacturers and activities for all. “The weather is supposed to hold and be awesome this weekend,” Shipp said. “It couldn’t be better timing; the winter that never leaves is supposed to leave this weekend.”
The fourth annual Party for the Planet will be held at Brush Creek Park on Saturday. The annual community cleanup will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until noon. Sign up for the cleanup is planned from 8 to 9 a.m., and participants are asked to gather at the Brush Creek Pavilion, where trash bags will be handed out, along with directions to a cleanup location. Crews will be at work around town until noon.Walking Mountains also will host a bevy of family activities throughout the day: Earth Day-related crafts, kids’ exploration touch tables, a naturalist guided walk along the river and macroinvertebrate exploration stations along Brush Creek. Local yogis also are invited to come out for a morning class being held in the park.The Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability will once again partner with Alpine Arts Center and Habitat for Humanity to host the second-annual Recycled Art Show on display in the Studio at Brush Creek Park. To learn more about registering a piece for the art show, visit http://www.eaglevalleyalliance.org. Denver musician Rob Drabkin and his band will provide musical entertainment for the day beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the Dusty Boot. Drabkin is compared to Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson. See the story on page B3 to learn more.
For the community’s running enthusiasts, the Boneyard Boogie returns on Saturday. This year, the race is included in the Vail Recreation District’s La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series. The footrace follows the popular Boneyard Trail in Eagle. Cost is $25 for preregistration and $30 on race day. For more information or to register, visit http://mountainrunning.com/race.php. Registration and number pick-up will be available from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink on the morning of the race. Preregistered racers can pick up their bibs at the start of the race at Eagle Valley Middle School. The race is a point-to-point run with a one-mile distance between the start and finish. Racers are encouraged to park at the Eagle Pool and take a warm-up run to Eagle Valley Middle School for the start of the race. Parking also will be available at Eagle Valley Middle School, and there will be free shuttle service provided by AmericInn for race participants from the pool to the trailhead and service provided by the Turtle Bus from the finish to Party for the Planet. Following the race, runners will enjoy a brunch, compliments of the Dusty Boot in Eagle.This year, the Boneyard Boogie is the first scoring race in the La Sportiva Vail Mountain Trail Running Series, Colorado’s premier trail-running series, which is celebrating its 14th season. The seven-race series runs May through September and includes distances ranging from a 5K (3.2 miles) to just more than 14 miles. Additionally, through a new partnership with HydraPour, the VRD will offer runners the option to race cup-free during the series. According to race director Marc Thomas, runners who choose to race cup-free can bring their own hydration devices and at each aid station there will be a HydraPour water device that will allow runners to fill their hydration devices quickly. The VRD also will raffle off 30 HydraPouches throughout the season, plus offer standard cups at the races.
The Get Out Expo is Saturday and Sunday and is filled with demo fleets from some of the country’s leading bike manufacturers, along with activities for the entire family.Events take place throughout the weekend in multiple locations in the town of Eagle, including Brush Creek Park and Eagle Ranch. The Get Out Expo gives residents and visitors a chance to learn about the health of their planet, health of themselves and the health of their community.There is a special $99 hotel rate, including a three-course meal, through the AmericInn and the Dusty Boot/Luigi’s Pasta House.For the third year, demos of the latest gear will be a big draw. Representatives from bike manufacturers will be on hand to show off the latest bikes. Reps from Ibis, Maverick, Kona, Marin, Rocky Mountain, Orbea, Ellsworth, Parlee and more will be available to answer questions, offer bikes to ride and show off their greatest styles.Lakota Guides will offer free rafting trips down the Eagle River. Street Swell and Honey Skate Boards will be on hand to show off their latest styles of boards.”Our goal with this event is to become the premier outdoor lifestyle destination on the Western Slope, if not the state. Eagle offers great activities for the active person, and the Get Out Expo is designed to showcase the latest and coolest gear and let you test drive almost any sport,” said Gabrie Higbie, event organizer and director of sales at KZYR radio.A big draw this year will be the “Chro-Moly,” an Iron Chef-style bike-making competition. Two-person teams will have 60 minutes to build a bike from parts. The bike then must be ridden 50 yards around a pylon and back. Teams will be scored based on ingenuity, speed and style. One winning team will receive $500.On Sunday morning, Bloodies, Bikes and Boards will debut. A course will be set out for a parade in which participants are invited to ride anything with wheels. Bring out the cruiser bikes, skateboards or rollerblades, and enjoy a spectacle. The Dusty Boot will be offering a bloody mary bar sponsored by Finlandia vodka and will serve brunch.Sunday afternoon will feature a “green bike” build. This program, introduced several years ago in Eagle, offers recycled bikes around town for anyone to borrow – easily recognizable because they are painted green. More bikes are needed, and current ones need to be maintained.