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Jenny Fox, a CU master's degree graduate, holds her son Walker Smith at the 2007 Mother's Day Title 9K. Cliff Grassmick/Colorado Daily
Jenny Fox, a CU master’s degree graduate, holds her son Walker Smith at the 2007 Mother’s Day Title 9K. Cliff Grassmick/Colorado Daily

A few years ago when I called my mom on Mother’s Day and asked what she was doing, she replied:

“I’m cleaning out the upstairs closets.”

This struck me as a travesty. You should be doing something fun today, something you want to do, I declared. So responsible, you moms. If the closet had to be cleaned out because new carpet is being installed on Monday, then by golly, my mom was cleaning those suckers out, even it if was Mother’s Day.

But I found this to be super lame. Mom’s a runner, a yogi and an occasional bike rider. I don’t think I’ll catch her spending a Mother’s Day tossing junk out of a closet again, but if I did, and if she lived here, I’d drag her out to the Title Nine 9K run on Sunday morning at the Boulder Reservoir.

Title Nine — the women’s clothing company, not Title IX the amendment — hosts a run for women at the Res every Mother’s Day. This year, there’s another event for women on  Mother’s Day — CycloFemme.

Boulder’s Sarai Snyder, who puts the “girl” in, started the CycloFemme movement, which encourages women to ride bikes together on Sunday.

Women all over the country and even in other countries (from Australia to Afghanistan — really) have registered rides at There are several events in Boulder, from the Venus de Miles club’s road rides to a free mountain bike skills clinic, and even if you don’t go on an organized ride, pedal around town on the bike paths to try to find the Boulder Bike Underpass Choir, which will be out there singing on Sunday.


Run Bolder and cheaper
By the way, all of you runners out there: The Bolder Boulder “procrastination fee” starts on Monday. Register this weekend if you’re planning to run it, or just plan to pay more after this weekend.


Trade in gear
The semester has ended, and CU graduation is today. That means that many of you are about to move or leave town or — more likely — stay exactly where you are.

But if you’re moving (back in with Mom? What a lovely Mother’s Day gift for her!) and need to downsize, drop off some of your outdoor gear and clothing at Seasoned Outdoor Exchange, 2067 30th Street, which opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday (closes at 6 p.m.).

Seasoned officially opens this weekend, but Michelle Steiner, creator of the consigner, has had her doors open for goods to sell for several weeks. You don’t want to open an exchange without goods for shoppers to browse on the first day.

But I don’t want to play favorites and only mention Seasoned — especially since the Boulder Sports Recycler, 4949 Broadway St., has sold a shocking amount of my gear. It’s shocking because I can’t believe I’ve bought that much stuff that I then wanted to sell. I should make better decisions. But until I learn, thank goodness for consignment.


Climb, dance or both
AscenDance, an artful fusion of climbing and dancing, will be holding a class on Saturday and auditions for potential performers on Sunday. This way you can learn about it and then decide whether to audition, says AscenDance founder and artistic director Isabel von Rittberg.

And if you didn’t see von Rittberg flowing on the wall on “America’s Got Talent” last year, then go to their site and check out the video — it’s impressive and beautiful. 

Info: Class from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, $35; auditions from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.