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Riders form a long line against the horizon during the 2008 Buffalo Classic.
Jonathan Castner
Riders form a long line against the horizon during the 2008 Buffalo Classic.

The other night, I had a nice conversation with the tailless black cat that roams my neighborhood.

I don’t know if this meowing kitty came from the Humane Society, but many pets here do.

Whether you’re a cat person or dog person or albino ferret person (I know a couple), you can run the Humane Society of Boulder Valley’s Cause for Paws Doggie Dash on Saturday.

Running with your albino ferret — good idea? I have no idea.

Running while pulling your bulldog in a wagon? Again, not sure. But my friends who rescued two bulldogs (Sherbert, yes, correct spelling, and Lunchbox) take Sherbie on walks in the wagon because those short legs just don’t go very far.

Info: Saturday morning;

Ride for a Buff

Last September, the Buffalo Bicycle Classic was cancelled because of the route’s proximity to the staging area for fighting the Fourmile Fire, and because organizers felt that emergency services were too taxed to ask them to help with traffic.

But without the ride, organizers worried how they’d give out scholarships — the ride is the largest scholarship fund for the University of Colorado’s College of Arts and Sciences.

“We ended up being able to award the full number of scholarships,” said spokesman Clint Talbott. “If I understand correctly, we’d kept a little bit in reserve. We also had an extra contribution from Elevations Credit Union to make up for things.”

Elevations pledged extra when the ride was cancelled. And most of the riders who’d already signed up didn’t ask for a refund. But this year, the Sunday forecast looks great, and CU could use some bucks for Buffs.

Info: Ride options from 14 to 100 miles; online registration ends at noon Friday, or register in person on Sunday;

Smile if you like climbing

On Monday, I wrote about Mark and Janelle Smiley, a couple from Crested Butte attempting to climb all of the “Fifty Classic Climbs of North America,” according to a book by the same name.

The Smileys will be at REI Boulder on Friday night to talk about the 30-plus climbs they’ve completed so far.

I’ve been watching Mark and Janelle’s videos since they started. Why watch? Aside from the incredible scenery? Climbing is, how shall I say, a relationship intensifier, and Mark and Janelle are heartwarmingly honest about it.

The Smileys are in Boulder for the REI talk, but also because they started their project on Casual Route on the Diamond (on Longs Peak) and, after buying the book, realized that it called for an ascent of the Diamond by a different route, D1. Oops.

Last weekend, Mark and Janelle hiked toward D1. They ran into two climbers who told them that this often-wet route was extra soaking right now and extra chilly, too.

What happened next involved homemade brownies and a bellyache. I’ll let them tell you the rest tonight.

Info: 6:30 p.m. Friday.;

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