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Scott Carman -- in his Wolverine costume -- climbs at the Boulder Rock Club during the 2010 First Descents Climb for Cancer event. This year's event is on Saturday; costume not required. 
Nicholas Duckworth  / Colorado Daily
Nicholas Duckworth
Scott Carman — in his Wolverine costume — climbs at the Boulder Rock Club during the 2010 First Descents Climb for Cancer event. This year’s event is on Saturday; costume not required. Nicholas Duckworth / Colorado Daily

On this weekend near semester’s end, run through campus, forever a Buff.

Note I didn’t say to run in the buff, like a friend of mine did at the end of his senior year at Rockhurst University. Rather, run the Forever Buffs 5K on campus on Sunday. Your entry fee for the run goes toward the senior class gift — seniors can choose a department or school to donate money to, said CU student Veronica Victor, for the senior class council.

Back in February, I joined my pal Mel for a 5K on campus — the Frozen Foot, which benefits CU’s triathlon team (which won their 13th national championship last weekend, by the way). Mel is running a 5K every month in 2012, and I wanted to support her goal in any way I could, so I joined her for that run.

I can’t really say I helped her out with her goal, though. For one, I wore a tutu, because I thought, hey, I’ll make it a little extra funny for Mel. But as we ran, I had a thought: What if running in a tutu is only fun for the wearer, and not for the person who has to run next to the person wearing the tutu? Mel’s too nice to tell me I looked like an idiot. However, it’s possible that she ran faster because of me — to get away from me and my dippy tutu.

Ha! I did help!

Anyway, running a 5K through a quiet campus on a weekend morning is lovely. I highly recommend it.

Info: Race starts at 9 a.m. Sunday; $20. www.cualum.org/2012/04/06/forever-buffs-5k/

Climb for Cancer
On Saturday, the Boulder Rock Club and First Descents will team up once again for Climbing for Cancer.

First Descents hopes that participants can climb 70,000 vertical feet to honor the “70,000 young adults age 18-39 diagnosed with cancer each year,” according to the invite.

So I called the Boulder Rock Club to find out how tall their walls are, so you know how many pitches to squeeze in on Saturday in your four-hour window (noon-4 p.m.). Mike Alkaitis, the rock club’s manager, told me the walls in the original section of the gym are 34 feet tall; the expansion’s walls are 36 feet.

For quick calculation purposes, I averaged them to 35 feet. At that height, to reach 70,000 feet, the climbers need to tackle a total of 2,000 pitches. Mike said about 50 people usually participate in this event. If that number holds this year, each climber needs to tick 40 pitches to meet the goal.

That’s 10 pitches an hour for four hours, per person. 

That’s a lot of climbing.

Bring more friends! If they double participation, you only have to climb 20 routes total to reach the goal.

Or put away your calculator and just have fun climbing for a cause.

Info: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Boulder Rock Club, 2829 Mapleton Ave.; register on the spot, $25 minimum donation. totalclimbing.com; firstdescents.org

REI Garage Sale
The Boulder REI store will host another members-only (and everyone’s already a member, I assume) garage sale.

At the garage sale, everything that we the people have returned to the Boulder REI in the past two months will be on mega-sale. I don’t know about you, but I returned at least 732 items in the past two months. Or maybe like two.

Sarah Leone, the store’s outreach specialist, tells me that there are typically a lot of clothes, shoes, camping gear (tents to sleeping bags and whatnot), backpacks and luggage at the garage sale. But Saturday’s sale will include cycling and snowsports gear, too, she said.

Too bad they don’t sell tutus. I could use another, but they’re kinda pricey.

Info: 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday, REI Boulder, 1789 28th Street; rei.com/boulder

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