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Gettin’ out there

May Selby
Aspen, CO Colorado
Andy Lodge and Sarah Strassburger set out for Buckskin Pass on a sunny summer day. (May Selby)
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Summer and fall are all about being outside and enjoying la vie sportive ” the athletic lifestyle ” so to speak. From competitive tennis matches to scenic cen­tury rides to high-altitude half-marathons, there’s no dearth of activity on the calen­dar in Colorado’s high country.

For lower impact activities, it’s just as fun to roll through the West End on cruis­er bikes or, as longtime local Benny demonstrates, rollerblade around town and down the Rio Grande Bike Path.

While the weather’s still cooperative, try hiking to Crested Butte via Triangle, East and West Maroon passes for an overnight adventure. It’s next to impossi­ble to not cross paths with one or several groups of your friends either heading there themselves or returning from their own outing in the Elk Mountain Range.

Among my favorite events this season are the Golden Leaf Half Marathon today and the cruiser bike rides that take place in Aspen once a month and Carbondale on every full moon. Watch the Golden Leaf runners finish at Koch Park throughout the day today. Find out about the next Aspen community cruiser bike ride at http://www.aspentownies.com.To join the Car­bondale contingent, meet downtown after dark on the full moon for a group cruise.


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