This Weekend in Stoke: Top five ways to punch, skate, run or ride your ass off
Punch out! On Saturday, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brings its Octagon Nation Tour to the tailgating party before the Denver Outlaws game at Invesco Field, where mixed martial arts fans can test their mettle at the punch strength station and complete physical fitness challenges under the watchful eye of local hero Brendan Schaub, a former football star from Overland High School and the CU Buffs who now boasts a 9-1-0 win/loss/draw record in the UFC thanks to his purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and his heavyweight boxing experience (Schaub was the Colorado Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion in 2007). Stick around for the Outlaws game at 7 p.m., when they'll take on the Hamilton Nationals (tickets start at $47.25).
UFC fighter Brendan Schaub, photo via UFC.com
If failing those fitness tests spectacularly inspires you to take action, we've got four fabulous flab-busting festivities for you after the jump...
Go skatin' at Dayton! The City of Aurora is hosting its grand opening celebration for the new Dayton Skatepark at the corner of 16th Avenue and Dayton Street on Saturday with a Best Line contest starting at 4 p.m., sponsored by 303 Boards. The small park, designed and built by the concrete skatepark legends at Seattle's skater-run Grindline, unofficially opened in February, just in time to make the cut as Best New Skatepark in our 2011 Best of Denver special issue.
Quit your whining, get to wining! Event promoters in Montrose are hoping to attract visitors to the Western slope with this weekend's Montrose Wine & Food Festival, which -- this being one of the outdoor sports capitals of the world -- is timed to coincide with the 36th annual Black Mountain Ascent 6-mile run up 2,000 feet to the rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park on Saturday morning ($45) and the 8th annual Mission to Ride road cycling and mountain bike races ($40) on Sunday.
Run down Colfax, and not because you're being chased! If you mostly know Colfax Avenue from behind the wheel of a car, stuck in commuter traffic or dodging drunks late at night on your way home from the clubs, come check out the 2011 Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon, which is being billed as "The Best Urban Tour Around." There's a 5K and kids' race on Saturday at 9 a.m. and the marathon and half-marathon are on Sunday. Keep your eye out for "Come Back to Colfax" coupons from shops along the race route, urging runners and race fans to return when the race is over to get their shop on, and don't miss the epic afterparty in City Park.
Let's go loco! And, last but not least, you could get on your bike with Boulder County's loco locals for 30-, 50-, 75- and 100-mile courses at the BoCo Loco Bike Bash on Sunday at 6:30 a.m., starting at the Gerald Stazio Softball Fields in Boulder, 2445 Stazio Drive (registration is $60-70, depending on which race distance you're loco enough to try).