Running races, float tanks, ski and tee, and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 5/17/19
Boneyard Boogie Trail Running Race
It’s taken the trails a while longer to dry out this year than last year, but hopefully, you have enough miles logged to hit the ground running on Saturday as the Vail Recreation District presents the Dynafit Trail Running Series on the Boneyard trail in Eagle.
Known as the Boneyard Boogie, this 11K point-to-point course kicks off a seven-race series that includes a hill climb up Vail Mountain, a half marathon and a 10K race at 10,000 feet above sea level.
“The biggest news this year is that we have mountain endurance sports company Dynafit as our new trail running series sponsor. That means all new prizes and giveaways for our top finishers,” said Jessie Klehfoth of the Vail Recreation District.
Bragging rights and new Dynafit swag is what the winners will earn after this mostly singletrack race that has an elevation gain of 1,448 feet and maxes out at 7,650 feet above sea level.
Register in advance at http://www.vailrec.com, or day-of registration will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Eagle Pool & Ice Rink and the race starts at 9 a.m. followed by a free salad and pasta lunch, raffle, and awards ceremony at The Dusty Boot in Eagle Ranch.
Torch Run for Special Olympics
Speaking of running, you can run for a good cause this weekend as the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Colorado comes to Miller Ranch in Edwards. The torch run offers two courses: a 5K and a fun run. It also offers three ways to get around: walking, running and biking.
Local food trucks, ice cream, pizza and other offerings will be available for those who did the Torch Run and those who are there for moral support. Bring the kids along so they can enjoy the emergency vehicles and the Classic Air medical helicopter that will be on display.
Throughout May and June, law enforcement officers become guardians of the flame and light the Flame of Hope at events and competitions throughout the state to embody unity and inclusiveness.
Every runner, walker and biker makes a difference for nearly 25,000 Special Olympics Colorado athletes. Special Olympics Colorado offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competitions.
Day-of registration starts at 9 a.m. and the races being at 10 a.m. To register in advance go to http://www.specialolympicsco.org and search for the Eagle County event, or contact Lisa Vasquez at email@example.com or 970-376-7306 for more details.
Experience a Float Tank
Spring is a great time to enjoy some of the deals going on at area spas, but instead of a massage or facial, try a float tank and take relaxation to a whole new level.
Dream & Dreams Float Spa offers all types of massages and aesthetic services as well as a float experience. Imagine being weightless while experiencing no disruptions such as phone calls, texts and emails. The float tank is one place your smartphone cannot follow you.
Dimitar Minkov opened up Dream & Dreams Float Spa in Avon this spring with long-time massage therapist and friend Ivaylo Stoyanov, who has been in the wellness industry for the past seven years and worked at several of the high-end resort spas in the Vail Valley.
“I heard about floating in 2013, and soon after I experienced my first float session it has become a regular and important practice that helps me balance all aspects of my life,” Minkov said. “The accumulating positive effect that floating had on my body and mind inspired me to open a float spa for the active community in the Vail Valley.”
Inside the tank, you won’t be fighting gravity since 850 pounds of Epsom salt in 120 gallons of water causes complete buoyancy. The water is 10 inches high and kept at 93.5 degrees Fahrenheit, which creates the sensation of skin-receptor neutrality.
“This means you lose track of where your body ends and water begins. Floating is perhaps the most relaxing environment you will ever experience,” Minkov said.
I had to the opportunity to go for a float, and it is amazing to experience the weightlessness and the peace and quiet of the tank. The session at Dream & Dreams Float Spa is 90 minutes, and I think I was so relaxed I even fell asleep for a while, the time passed quickly. I am not claustrophobic, so it didn’t bother me to be in the tank and in the dark, but Minkov said that people with claustrophobia generally report few problems with floating.
“Within the tank, you maintain complete control of the situation at all times and you have complete freedom to exit the tank whenever you like. Many phobia sufferers actually find the tank to be an excellent catalyst for working through their fears,” Minkov said.
Even though I was floating in salt water for 90 minutes, my skin and hair felt so soft afterward because of the qualities of the Epsom salt.
“The Epsom salt, which is magnesium sulfate, has been used for centuries for its medicinal qualities. It softens the skin and hair, improves overall skin condition, eases soreness and swelling, and helps enhance magnesium levels in the body,” Minkov said.
Floating is about everything you won’t be doing, so schedule some time to do nothing but relax weightlessly by contacting them at 970-364-3801 or http://www.dreamsfloat.com.
Ski and golf all in one day
Love to ski and golf? How about doing both in one day. The “ski and tee” opportunities don’t come about too often, but if you time it right and the conditions are favorable to hit the slopes and the links on the same day, why not do both?
We did have this chance in Eagle County earlier this spring when Vail and Beaver Creek were still open for skiers and riders and Eagle Ranch and Gypsum Creek golf courses were open at the tail end of the winter season. If you missed that opportunity, load up the boards and the clubs and head over to Summit County. I would suggest heading up the slopes of Arapahoe Basin or Breckenridge in the morning and then allow it to warm up for your round of golf in the afternoon.
The River Course at Keystone Resort will open all 18 holes on Friday. Summit County and Eagle County locals can show their driver’s license and be treated to a special rate of $65 for 18 holes, golf cart and range access, but the tee time can only be made the same day as play, so call to get your tee time on your drive over to Summit County to get the best deal. Its restaurant is open so grab lunch or “apres-golf” and talk about your two-sport day over a brew. Contact the River Course at Keystone to make a tee time by calling 970-496-1520 or go to http://www.keystoneresort.com.
“The Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks opened up the front nine holes on May 10 and will open all 18 holes on Friday,” said Ryan Parr, general manager at the Raven Golf Club at Three Peaks. Rates are $99 for play between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and $79 for play after 1 p.m. The Raven has a special rate for Summit and Eagle County residents: $79 for the morning and $59 for the afternoon. All rates include a cart and access to the driving range. The bar and grill is open as well in case you want to grab lunch after skiing or have a drink at the 19th hole. For more information, go to http://www.ravenatthreepeaks.com.
A quick change out of your ski pants to golf pants and you are good to go and can experience one of the few times of year you can ski and tee in one day.
Speaking of skiing and riding in Summit County, Arapahoe Basin just announced that it is extending its season by one more weekend. After its daily operations end on June 2, A Basin will open back up June 7 through 9. Breckenridge’s closing day is May 27.
Bring the family out for the 5th annual Eagle Jamboree to benefit Mountain Tots Preschool in Eagle. Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle Ranch will be bustling with activity inside and out from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. while the preschool raises money for its sustainability fund.
The event is free and open to the public, but there will be a small fee for some activities like the bounce house, craft table and face painting. There will also be an opportunity to get up close to first responder vehicles such as an ambulance, firetruck and even a SWAT truck and that will be free.
While the kids are playing outdoors, the parents can check out the silent auction inside the pavilion. In addition to restaurant gift cards, hotel stays and golf packages, there will also be items donated from Elitch Gardens and Water World in Denver, Rockies baseball game tickets and a signed Denver Nuggets basketball.
To keep everyone fueled up throughout the day, Moe’s BBQ and Domino’s Pizza will have food available for purchase along with snow cones and popcorn. There will be a bake sale and live music by the First Chair Trio as well.
Mountain Tots’ goal is to raise $8,000 for its sustainability fund in hopes of eventually buying a building to house the preschool. The event is organized by the Mountain Tots Preschool board members and is run by volunteers.
“Our board members and fundraising committee have put a ton of work into this event and our parents have done a great job getting auction items and volunteering to run the various events and activities. It’s a huge group effort,” said Jessica Deerr, director of Mountain Tots Preschool, which has been a staple in Eagle since 1975 and serves kids from two and a half years old through kindergarten.