What's worse than running?
Running in heels.
What's better than a woman running in heels?
A dude running in heels.
On Sunday, beginning at Steuben's, 523 E. 17th Ave., Denver, at 11 a.m. a whole slew of sexes of all varieties will be hauling their sweet asses across three blocks for the third annual Running of the Gays -- in heels.
This terrifies me. I have a bunch of hardware in this old left leg of mine after shattering, snapping and ripping things to shreds after a painful fall.
No comment on said fall, but regardless, I can't even walk in heels anymore. (Eh, like I ever wore them anyway. Too damn tall over here.)
But this has got to be one fantastic sport to watch. Better than that MMA bullshit where dudes beat the pulp out of each other while 69ing. Awkward. Too many non-rubber balls in faces in that sport.
Anyway, this three-block marathon raises money for Art From Ashes -- a Denver nonprofit that helps struggling LGBTQ youth through creative programs. Your $20 registration fee will get you a goodie bag from Art from Ashes, free boas and any runner raising $250 or more in sponsorships (runners are encouraged to raise money before the event) gets an "I brought the gay" T-shirt. Steuben's and Hamburger Mary's, 700 East 17th Ave., Denver, will supply brunch and drink specials.
This is not just a competition of endurance, but also flair. (I love this sport!) There will be prizes awarded for best-dressed and best heels.
After the sprint, there will be an all-ages afterparty at X-Bar, 629 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, with drink specials (for the of-agers, homies) and other fun entertainment.
Info: Sunday at 11 a.m. at Steuben's, 523 E. 17th Ave., Denver; artfromashes.org/events.html; registration is $20
Since Saturday's lovely sky will be filled with a full harvest moon (9:19 p.m. Mountain Time), what a prime time to have the Full Moon Harvest Festival in Denver.
The fest, beginning at noon and running until 10 p.m., will be held at Sustainability Park, 2500 Lawrence St., Denver.
Let's discuss Sustainability Park. It's an entire city block that has been transformed into a, well, sustainable park, serving as a testing sight for renewable energy, green buildings and urban farm installations.
The fair, described as an eco-music fest, including an urban farmers market, Denver beer and local drink pavilion, a farm-to-table marketplace Denver food trucks along with a sustainable food roundtable with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
Some of the music lineup: DJ Cavem Moetavation with a live band (Denver hip-hopper and organic gardener) Signal Fire, Lunar Fire, A. Tom Collins (you must see this band), Sea of Eyes, DJ STV and Gora Gora Orkestar.
Info: Noon-10 p.m. at Sustainability Park; free before 5 p.m., $5 after; greenspacescolorado.com