I wasn’t quite sure what Kaiser Permanente’s Moonlight Classic was all about, so I had to give it a try so I could report back…it was super fun!
Now, I’m not sure, but you may need to check with your kids to see if they’d be interested…dressing up in costume, staying up really late, venturing downtown in the dark, riding bikes under the light of the moon — and doing it along side all kinds of other crazy people! I’m thinking this one will go over well ;) …oh, and did I mention that it’s for a good cause too?!
Information from the website, http://www.moonlight-classic.com/index.html:
“The Kaiser Permanente Moonlight Classic is a 10- mile, non-competitive late night charity bike ride through Denver’s historic neighborhoods. Benefiting Seniors Inc – Seniors Inc. is a 40 year-old non-profit agency dedicated to helping Colorado’s elderly and their personal independence.”
Two start waves were offered this year: a Family Wave at 10:30 p.m. and a Gonzo Wave at 11:30 p.m. Start/finish was at the Colorado State Capitol and wandered through a closed-course in Lower Downtown and Cherry Creek districts – all monitored by city police. People rode a variety of bikes – large, small, fancy, tall, lots of wheels, one big wheel, bikes with trailers, bikes with music, lit up, dressed up…pretty much just about everything you can imagine. For people without a bicycle, or just interested in renting one for this ride, B-Cycle (Denver’s Bike Share), had bikes, helmets, and lights available – still BYOC (bring your own costume) though.
Prizes were awarded for the best costumes in several categories, so dress up and be silly! If you’re concerned about a costume slowing you down, don’t be! There were fellow bike riders in front, beside, and close behind keeping the pace at a gentle speed. The 10 miles went quickly even at a leisurely pace, and the course wasn’t too challenging – mostly flat with plenty of rest stops along the way.
Not much training involved for this race :) and you may not break a sweat, but I do think you’ll have a great time – and certainly a unique experience!