It’s one of those overscheduled weekends on the Front Range — there’s just too much to do, in virtually every outdoor pursuit.
Here’s a taste of what’s going on in the outdoors around Boulder and beyond on Saturday and Sunday. Bonus outdoorsy points if you somehow squeeze it all in.
1 Beti Bike Bash
Bear Creek Lake Park, Lakewood
Hit the dirt, ladies. This Saturday’s Beti Bike Bash is Colorado’s first women’s-only mountain-bike race.
The Beti course follows four miles of non-technical, rolling singletrack through Lakewood’s Bear Creek Lake Park — a fast course for the pros, and one that’s totally do-able for new racers. To encourage more women to come out and race for the first time, organizers are offering a relay race option — teams of three, each woman does one lap.
Beginner race takes off at 9 a.m.; Advanced/Pro at 11:30; kids race at 1 p.m. USA Cycling license required; one-day licenses available. Part of the proceeds benefit Boulder-based Singletrack Mountain Bike Adventures.
Info: yetibeti.com, 303-278-6909, x1015
2 Lyons Outdoor Games
The LOG started as a whitewater kayaking event, but over the past seven years, it’s grown to include skateboarding, dog competitions, bike comps on Lyons’s pump track and the Dash and Bash, a 5K run in which participants dress up.
The Lyons Whitewater Park is still at the heart of the LOG, and even though the St. Vrain River is high, the kayak events are still on, as of Wednesday afternoon.
Preliminaries for the pro kayak freestyle competition begins Friday afternoon at 4; events through Saturday and Sunday. Info: lyonsoutdoorgames.com, 303-823-8250
3 Estes Park Marathon
Sunday’s Estes Park Marathon will be the first paved marathon in the country to go cup-free.
Marathon participants will receive a Hydrapouch — a collapsible cup you can clip to your shorts or shirt — with their registration. Yay green!
If you can’t run a marathon at altitude by Sunday, opt for the 5K, 10K, half marathon or relay marathon. Or the kids’ fun run on Saturday. But only if you’re a kid.
Registration for all events is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Estes Park High School; no race-day registration for the marathon or half marathon.
Proceeds benefit the Estes Valley Youth Center, Rocky Mountain Nature Association and participating schools in Estes Park.
Info: epmarathon.org, 303-304-9159
4 HERA Climb for Life
Usually, climbing is just plain fun. But this weekend, it’s fun for a cause. The HERA Foundation raises money for ovarian cancer research, and it does so when you haul yourself up a rock at their Climb for Life events.
During this year’s Climb for Life in Boulder, you can spend Saturday hiking or climbing in Boulder or Eldorado Canyon and pick up tips from pro climbers. (This is what charity work feels like?!?)
The event kicks off Friday night at Avery Brewing Company; climbing and hiking start Saturday morning. All climbing is toproping. $75.
Info: herafoundation.org, 970-948-7360
5 National Get Outdoors Day
Denver City Park
Want to try mountain biking, rock climbing, canoeing or skiing but (miraculously) don’t have a sporty pal in Boulder who is dying (read: pestering) to take you out? At National Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, you can try it all — yes, even snow skiing — in a city park.
Festivities begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 3:30 p.m.; free.