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While the steady rain of late has resulted in low fire danger and a beautifully green landscape, it has also brought an unusual influx of mosquitoes. We’re talking swarms of mosquitoes, people, which are no laughing matter for those of us stereotypical Boulderites who partake in endless amounts of outdoor activities. (Since several cases of the West Nile Virus have already been reported, this is no joke for the rest of you either.) After being bombarded by the pesky pests on a recent trail run, I finally broke down and bought some toxic bug spray–the first time ever in almost 8 years of living here!

Luckily, Mary just introduced me to the Herbal Insect Repellent by Burt’s Bees. The formula is 100% natural and safe for kids, pets, and activity-obsessed adults alike. Find it at a plethora of stores around town and tell those bugs to buzz off for good. Now, if only this formula could repel certain men . . .

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The Boulder County Farmers’ Market is in full swing and the getting is good! While the market has been open since April 4th, the full gamut of produce is finally available, which includes amazing cherries, peaches, and veggies galore. Combine the shopping and people watching with the yummy food court picks (Amaizing Corn Tamales and Pupusas are tied for my current favorites) and you have the perfect Saturday morning excursion.

Whether Saturday mornings from 8-2 or Wednesday evenings from 4-8, there’s no better time to get out there and love, love, love the local.

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Bike to Work Day 2009 is tomorrow–June 24th!

Please, please, please get yourself out there and bike, walk, scoot, skate, or just plain drag yourself to wherever you need to be tomorrow (just don’t use your car for help). Need a little extra incentive? How about fueling up with FREE breakfast at one of 40 Boulder-area restaurants? There are breakfast stops in many of the surrounding communities as well, so all you Lafayette, Lousiville, Longmont, Superior, and Denver peeps can start dusting off your bikes too.

To learn more about the event and to register (for free), visit the DRCOG website.

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As many of you have probably heard by now, three guys from Boulder went missing in the Sichuan Province of China during a recent climbing expedition. Jonny Copp, Micah Dash, and Wade Johnson, who were shooting a new piece for Sender Films, were declared missing when they failed to catch their flight from China back to the States on June 3rd.

I’m sad to report that the body of Jonny Copp was found yesterday in a bed of avalanche debris on Mt. Edgar. Copp was both a world-renowned professional climber and a strong presence in the local Boulder community. Dash and Johnson are both still missing, but many are fearing that the slide may have taken all three of them. Sending condolences and thoughts to their families and friends. . .and still hoping for some positive news.

For the most up-to-date information and to donate to the search efforts, please see the blog at AdventureFilms.org.

UPDATE 6/8: According to Stewart Green’s Climbing Blog, Wade Johnson’s body was found this morning. Very sad news. . .

Here’s a shot of the south east face of Mt. Edgar, as seen from base camp.

Photo by Roland Zeidler

Photo by Roland Zeidler

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The Estes Park Marathon (or the 10k race if you’re me) is Sunday, June 14th. The scenic course strides through part of downtown, then around Lake Estes for stunning sights of Rocky Mountain National Park and the Continental Divide. At 7,522 feet, this race is the perfect opportunity to try running at a higher altitude, while being soothed by amazing views (and the blasting music on my ipod, of course).

from epmarathon.org

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Boulder Indoor Cycling is now the home of a 142-meter velodrome—the first indoor cycling track in the state (an outdoor Olympic training track does exist in Colorado Springs) and one of only 23 in the entire country. This is especially exciting news for cycling enthusiasts, but the slope of the track, varying from 17 to 45 degrees, is accessible to recreational riders as well. Word on the street is that you have to maintain a speed of at least 16 MPH to even stay upright!

Sticking with spectator status for now. . .

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It turns out that I had so much fun at the BolderBoulder, I’m hoping to keep the momentum going through the summer. Enter the Summer/Fall Distance Program offered by BOLDRUNNING and head coach Ewen North. They offer full and half marathon options, with specific training schedules catered to your current fitness level and desired race time. When it comes to any sort of distance, I usually run a very slow 9:30-minute mile pace (although I ran a mile in 7:40 this morning!), so my current goal is a similarly slow half marathon in under two hours. Since I’ve run 13 miles exactly 0 times ever, this may indeed be a dream…
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Life is short. . . running makes it seem longer.
Baron Hansen

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