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Aspen Parks & Recreation news briefs

Staff report

Aspen Golf & Tennis Club

The early-season golf-pass sale is underway at with discounted rates on select passes until March 31. New this year, after you purchase a golf season pass, you can add on an Aspen Recreation Center Fun Pass for $199 for the entire golf season (April 1 through Oct. 31) at

City of Aspen special events

Aspen Gran Fondo, June 11 — Lance Armstrong and others will lead a 50-mile ride starting and finishing in Aspen. Riders will trek through Snowmass, Woody Creek, Old Snowmass and back to Aspen for the final stretch. This supported ride features the Watson Divide (2 miles of steep uphill and downhill gravel terrain) and will have a total ascent of more than 4,000 feet. A beer garden will be at the post-race finish. Learn more or register at http://www.granfondo​

Aspen Backcountry Marathon

Aug. 13 — New this year is a half marathon. Both races start and finish at Rio Grande Park. Space is limited to 250 entrants in the marathon and 150 in the half marathon. More details are at .

ARC and Red Brick Recreation Center

• Easter Egg Hunt, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Aspen Recreation Center — Kids can enjoy treats, Easter activities, the swimming pool and climbing wall. The egg hunts will be grouped by age; the 3-and-younger egg hunt starts at 11 a.m.

• The Aspen and Red Brick recreation centers will be closed Sunday for Easter.

• Spring Break Camp for 5- to 11-year-olds runs March 28 through April 4. Cost is $40 per day per child.

• Playhouse at the Red Brick — From March 25 through April 4 during the morning hours, children accompanied by an adult can enjoy the Super Playhouse, with inflatables at the Red Brick. Cost is $5 per child ages 5 and younger.

Youth basketball

Enrollment is now open for youth spring basketball, open to kindergarten and first and second grades. Practices for the coed league begin the week of April 5, and games will be held on Saturdays. Enroll at; a late fee of $25 will begin after Thursday.

Youth wrestling

The Roaring Fork Wrestling Club is a youth wrestling program open to children 5 to 12 in the Roaring Fork Valley. All skill levels are welcome.

The next session, which costs $220, runs from April 2 to April 30 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Times are from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Enroll at

Swimming lessons

Lessons for children 6 months and older run from April 9 to 30, with the registration deadline set April 2.

Financial aid

Applications for youth to attend city of Aspen recreation programs are due by May 1.

Visit for more information.

Fun Passes

A Fun Pass gets you access to the Aspen Recreation Center and the Red Brick Recreation Center. Annual Fun Passes are less than $550 a year. Visit ​www.aspen ​ to learn more.

The Aspen Recreation Center is a full-service fitness and recreation facility with activities for the whole family, including an indoor children’s pool, a lap pool, a lazy-river, a water slide, an ice-skating rink, a climbing tower, tennis courts and more.

There are more than 40 fitness classes per week combined at both facilities (during high season) ranging from BodyPump to yoga and trapeze classes. The Red Brick offers fitness classes, a climbing wall and activities for children.

For more information or to enroll in classes or activities, visit


WineInk: Wine at Food & Wine

It may seem like it’s a bit early to be thinking about the premier summer event in Aspen, after all we are still skiing on fresh snow on all four mountains. But the 40th Anniversary of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is not that far away. This year’s Classic takes place June 16-18 which is just two turns of the pages of the calendar. The event sold out quickly and an exciting lineup featuring the best of the food and wine world has already been announced.

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