Runners begin the 2010 Boulder Marathon on Sunday. Cliff Grassmick / October 3, 2010

T he Rocky Mountain Craggin’ Classic will take place this weekend in Golden at the American Mountaineering Center, as well as closer to Boulder — in Eldorado Canyon, Clear Creek Canyon and Boulder Canyon.

The weekend-long event hosted by the American Alpine Club includes climbing clinics, Louder Than 11’s newest film “Abyss,” swag, stewardship inspiration, live music from The Lookout Mountain Boys and lots of socializing. The Craggin’ Classic will join forces with Boulder’s The Spot gym for their annual black-light bouldering competition (and party), Psychedelia.

There’s still time to register for all or some of the events at

“We’re trying to tap into the various communities we have here,” said regional AAC coordinator Jenn Flemming. “There’s a huge spectrum. We’re got some incredibly accomplished alpinists, and then this is also the hub for gym climbing and bouldering. We want to attract both.”

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Runners will take off from the City of Boulder reservoir for the annual Boulder Marathon on Sunday. The race also serves as the USATF Colorado State Open Half Marathon Championships, which has a cash prize for the top five places in the men’s, women’s and master’s divisions.

The race route will shut down Niwot Road for the entire day, so if you’re not racing or watching, keep that in mind.

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This weekend’s VeloSwap in Denver at the National Western Complex is the “world’s largest consumer bicycling and sports expo,” according to spokesman Reese Brown.

With more than 10,000 attendees and 600 vendors, it’s best to get there right at 9 a.m. when doors open on Saturday, but the swapping goes on until 4 p.m. Parking is $10 at the door, plus $8 admission if you didn’t get your tickets in advance.

Even if you don’t plan on buying, selling or swapping, VeloSwap is a good place to get a feel for the cycling community’s vibe at the moment, as well as spotting any upcoming trends or new equipment in the cycling world. VeloSwap hosts clinics by industry experts all day, and you can schmooze with cycling celebrities and other enthusiasts.

Stop by the ATM before you arrive, because even though VeloSwap has the machines refilled during the day, attendees have been known to withdraw around $175,000 dollars from the on-site ATMs. Cash is king since you can bargain and barter for your cycling gear.

“The first couple of years, they said “Yeah, no way, they (the ATMs) never get drained,” Brown said. “Now, they stock them with as much cash as they can.”

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The second annual Making Waves ocean symposium kicks off Saturday with an ocean film festival at The Dairy Center for the Performing Arts with lectures and discussions hosted by national ocean experts. Keynote speaker Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of legendary Jacques Cousteau, will start and end the day with discussions on ocean preservation.

“There’s only one water system,” Cousteau said during a phone interview from the Ocean Futures Society office in Santa Barbara, Calif. “The next time you ski or have a drink of water, you’re skiing on the ocean or drinking the ocean.”

The symposium ends Sunday.

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