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Your workout is a little different a mile above sea level.
If you're looking for a Rocky Mountain "boot camp" to jump-start your summer conditioning, here are several public places you can work out while enjoying the scenery, the camaraderie and the fun of being outdoors in Denver's fresh, dry, mile-high climate!
WHEN: Wednesday Mornings (5:30–6:15 a.m. and 6:15–7 a.m.)
WHERE: Civic Center Park
Civic Center MOVES is a free fitness series for all experience levels year-round. Best of all, from late April through early October the classes happen right in the heart of Downtown's beautiful Civic Center Park. Produced by the Civic Center Conservancy, the current class schedule includes full-body, running-based workouts with The November Project on Wednesday mornings.
WHEN: TBA 2022
WHERE: Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
COST: $17 single session; must buy tickets in advance online
Join other yoga enthusiasts for a sunrise session at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, one of the most spectacular venues in the world. The Yoga on the Rocks sessions are held at 7 a.m. Bring water and a yoga mat!
WHEN: Various days and times
WHERE: Denver Botanic Gardens
COST: $10 members, $12 non-members
At Denver Botanic Gardens, awaken your energy and unlock your inner potential through breathing, movement, stretching, meditation and mantra with yoga at the Gardens. Just bring your yoga mat and a bottle of water, and breathe in the fresh, floral air. Check the events calendar for days and times.
WHEN: TBA 2022
WHERE: Sunken Gardens Park
COST: Free (Donations Accepted)
Yoga Rocks the Park started in Denver eleven years ago and has since expanded to other cities. The event features an outdoor, all-levels, 75-minute yoga class taught by the area's most inspiring local and national yoga teachers, accompanied by live music. A fun kids program for your little yogis is also available. Free, 45-minute wellness workshops happen in the Wellness Vendor Village each week, where there's also food, drink, vendors and live music. Donations benefit Food Bank of the Rockies
WHEN: Half- and full-day hikes, plus retreats and special events
WHERE: Various trails
If you want to experience yoga and Colorado's great outdoors it doesn't get better than this. Zen Out Yoga offers hiking along with stops to practice yoga and meditation while you take in fresh mountain air. Check the schedule for upcoming hikes and retreats, or contact Zen Out Yoga to book a private hike.
Run clubs let Denverites socialize during their workout. Meet some locals, try some beers and burn some calories while exploring some of Denver's hippest neighborhoods.
WHEN: Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., year-round
WHERE: All Denver Beer Co. locations
Show up at the brewery, do a little stretching, learn the route and then set off on a 5K walk/jog/run. End your evening with a few beers on one Denver Beer Co.'s sunny patios. Runs start from the Platte Street, Olde Town Arvada, and Downing Street taprooms.
WHEN: Every Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. (10k) and 6:30 p.m. (5k), year-round
WHERE: Highland Tap & Burger
Meet up with fellow fitness enthusiasts for the Highland Tap & Burger Run Club, and run a pre-planned 5k- or 10k-loop around the historic neighborhoods of Lower Downtown and the Highlands. All runners get free pasta and salad, as well as 20 percent off select beers. Highland Tap & Burger features dozens of Colorado craft beers on tap and in bottles.
WHEN: Every Wednesday at 6 p.m., April–Oct.
WHERE: Blackbird Public House
Join your neighbors at Blackbird Public House for an evening 5K run around Washington Park. All runners receive $4 select Colorado craft beers and a free shirt at 15 runs.
WHEN: Oct. 16–17, 2021
WHERE: City Park
Denver’s springtime race is the ultimate running tour of the city — with mountain views. The Colfax Marathon starts and finishes in City Park and travels through Empower Field at Mile High (where the Broncos play) and along seven miles of rivers, lakes and bridges, while a half marathon takes a route through the zoo. Ten-mile and 5K options are also available.
With 85 miles of paved bike trails and a gigantic bike-sharing program, Denver is one of America's top cycling-centric cities.
WHEN: Wednesdays, May–September
WHERE: Various locations
The Denver Cruiser Ride is a weekly pub crawl that meets on Wednesday nights to cycle safely through the streets of Denver. A mid-week Mile High City tradition for over a decade, each of the 20 summer rides boasts a different theme — often involving zany costumes. With close to 60,000 people turning out over the season, the Denver Cruiser Ride has become the largest weekly bike party on the planet! Past themes have included Denver 1894, Mad Max, Bike Prom and Birds & Bees. Check the website Wednesday afternoon for that night's starting point.