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No matter your age or ability level, there’s plenty of opportunities to get out and get active this month in Castle Rock!

Climb4Change – May 11th
 
Life is often an uphill battle.  Climb4Change takes an uphill battle and turns it into progress for an incredibly important cause, the Town of Castle Rock’s Adaptive Recreation Program.  Since Climb4Change’s inception, program registration has increased by over 70% and the event has raised thousands of dollars helping to ensure everyone in the community has access to recreational opportunities.  Climb4Change is a whole different kind of 5K; instead of running 3 miles, you are racing up the stairs of the Challenge Hill at Phillip S. Miller Park.  

There are four events to choose from:                                                                                                          Race to the Top – A one-time run to the top… think you can beat the course record?
Trail Race – Go up the stairs and down the trail, but hurry, you only have 30 minutes.
Power Hour – You guessed it.  Up and down those stairs, for an hour!
Run4Fun – This untimed event is a little less competitive way to show your support.  You’ll go up the stairs and down the trail, just once, and can be done at any time during the event except at the start of any of the other races.  Participants in this event still receive a shirt and medal. 

The fun gets underway at 7:00am at the Challenge Hill at Philip S. Miller Park with packet pick up.  Power Hour begins at 9:25am, the Trail Race commences at 10:15am and the Race to the Top starts at 10:45am.  The Run4Fun officially begins at 11:15am but can be done at anytime.  At 11:15am race division results and Hill records will be announced.
Go to www.crgov.com/2001/Climb4Change for more information.
 
Just give it a TRI! – Tri the Rock Youth Triathlon  - May 19th
 
Castle Rock’s annual youth triathlon, for all adventurous kids ages 5-14, offers up the chance for kids to get out, get active and give a challenge at try!  On Sunday, May 19th, the bike racks at Butterfield Crossing Park and Pool will open at 6:30am with the race beginning at 8:00am.    
Tri the Rock will compete based on the athlete’s age as of Race Day, with the following divisions: 5-6 years old will swim 25 meters (one pool length), bike 1 km (one lap around Butterfield Park) and run 500 meters (see the course map.)

Please note that this age group will not begin their race until 10:30 am.  7-8 & 9-10 year-olds will swim 50m (two lengths of the pool), bike 4km and run 1km (see the course map for both), and the 11-12 & 12-14 year olds will swim 100m (down and back the length of the pool twice), bike 8km and run 2km (see the course map.)  

The purpose of Tri the Rock is to get kids to try something new, so a portion of each registration fee is donated back to participants’ school or club.  Be sure to indicate your school or club when you sign up and the winning school will get the honor of displaying the Tri the Rock trophy at their school this next year!                                                  
Go to www.crgov.com/2004/Tri-the-Rock for more details and the link to registration.

Memorial Day Run & March - May 25th
 
The Memorial Day Run & March invites civilians, veterans and uniformed military to challenge themselves to friendly competition, all while helping to feed homeless veterans.  Register today to be a part of the largest food donation in Colorado!  Choose the 5K, 10K or 30K route and be sure to bring non-perishable food items for donation.  With three routes to choose from, there is a race for participants of all ages and capabilities.

 Participants 12 and under get free admission to the fairgrounds and any race route (timing bib, medal and shirt not included.)  All are welcome to participate, including your four-legged friends.  Upgrade any race to a more challenging Ruck March (participants will bring and carry a 25lb pack filled with non-perishable food during your race.)  100% of your registration (and donations) goes directly to helping Colorado veterans in need.  Finishers of the 30K Ruck March will receive the Norwegian Foot March Badge.  All non-perishable food items will be donated to help feed local Veterans in need.

Hosted by Colorado Veterans Project, this event also includes Freedom Fest, an indoor expo featuring live music, beer and food truck vendors, and other special guests.  Static displays of military vehicles will be on hand for participants and attendees to interact with as well.  Since 2015, over 96,000 pounds of food has been donated to Veterans in need.  What better way to kick off Memorial Day Weekend than by paying our respects, while paying it forward, to those who have served so bravely for our country? Join the mission to enhance pride and patriotism in order to build a stronger, even more supportive community around our veterans.  

For more information or to get involved, go to www.memorialdaymarch.com