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Our mission is to provide access to outdoor adventures for all, through events and programs that empower individuals, create healthier communities, and foster a respect for the environment.

Thank you for the unforgettable experiences, we met some fantastic people too! -S.M.

"Glad to have this as part of Colorado Springs."

"I went to the last climb night that was held at Cityrock. It is a great introduction to the facility and climbing. Also, the volunteers make sure that you aren't feeling uneasy about climbing. If you are not climbing, one of them will come to you and find an area that is good for you. TJ is very patient and helped me make it to the top! I loved it! Thanks for offering this event to the community."

"My family and I just had our first experience with Upadowna this weekend at their Folk and Flannel fundraiser event. We had a great time as we learned about this awesome organization! The only thing we wish was different was that we had been a part of this organization sooner!"

"Such a great event (Folk'n'Flannel)! I really appreciate everyone who volunteered and worked to make the event a success. In particular I enjoyed the musical performances - I've always been a fan of Roma Ransom, and now I've added The River Arkansas to my list of must-see bands."

"Fantastic! Thanks for all you’re doing!  My boyfriend & I attended one of your climbing events a while back, and it really opened his mind to something he didn’t realize he liked.  You are making a positive difference in the community; thanks for that!" -Shelley H.

"Thanks for a great climb night on Tuesday! I had a great time, and it was fun meeting everyone and trying something new." -Tami O.

"Thank you for creating these opportunities! The entire UpaDowna experience has enriched our lives in a way I could never imagine. It's special and I hope you understand how much I cherish it!" -Sarah K.

"We had a great time and discovered a whole new set of trails to ride on!! What an awesome organization!!" -Chrysauna P.

"Thanks to the patience of many but especially Mark and Luke my 6yo, Lydia, learned how to ride her bike after her training wheels broke on the pedal party ride! Thank you UpaDowna for fostering an environment that truly made us feel welcome!" -Corrie C.

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EVENTS & Programs

Jul
18
Wed
2018 Pedal Party @ Oskar Blues Grill & Brew @ Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Jul 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
2018 Pedal Party @ Oskar Blues Grill & Brew @ Oskar Blues Grill & Brew | Colorado Springs | Colorado | United States

UpaDowna’s weekly summer cruiser ride is back for its 8th year, in a new location at Oskar Blues Colorado Springs! We hope you can join us!

Details:
-Cost: FREE
-Location: Oskar Blues, 118 N. Tejon
-Time: Wednesdays, meet at 5:30pm, leave at 6pm SHARP!
-What: All ages/abilities, WEEKLY slow cruise, no drop ride
-Where: 6 mile loop along the Greenway/Legacy Loop
-Why: Because community+bikes = awesomeness!
-How: Sign the waiver once a year: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ac531258b7a4/web/! Don’t have a bike? Don’t want to bring your own bike? Use one of ours! Borrow one for free here, OR reserve a bike for the season here!
-Tell your server that your here for the Pedal Party and 10% of your tab will go to UpaDowna!

-What if I really want to ride but need assistance? Call us! 719-429-9006

Jul
21
Sat
2018 ROAR in the City- Really Outrageous Adventure Race @ City Rock
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Endurance.
Intelligence.
Teamwork.
And hella fun.

The “Really Outrageous Adventure Race” is celebrating it’s 5th Annual event!

Explore Downtown Colorado Springs like never before! Grab your team, roll up your sleeves and get ready to put your brawn and brain to the test! Numerous physical and mental activities wait for you along the course. Check in at “Basecamp” to get your clues to the race course. Then, head out by foot or by bike into the great unknown to attack your first activity! Gather clues to complete the course, and participate in the photo scavenger hunt to win prizes! Teams compete for 1st-3rd based on completion of activities, time completed and bonus points.

General timeline:

  • 6am-8:30am: Check in at CityROCK
  • 9am: Event begins
  • 2-5pm: After party at secret location

Happening in 2018:

-2018 THEME: “Super HeROARs”

-New activity locations

Lake Activities

-All maps & clues given to you at start of race

-NEW Start location (check in time is 6-8:30am)

-NEW Finish line/After party location

For the 2nd year, UpaDowna is partnering with the Rocky Mountain State Games to include ROAR Urban Adventure Race as one of the 40+ sports in the 2018 RMSG. More than 10,000 athletes of all ages and skill levels are expected to participate in competition primarily taking place July 20-22 & 27-29. To learn more, visit RockyMountainStateGames.org.

Details:

  • Prices:

-$30/person until March 31st

-$40/person April 1st- May 31st

-$50/person June 1st- July 21st

-KIDS: First child 17 and under- $15, each additional child $5 each.

-Kids 5 and under= FREE!

-Don’t have a team? Sign up as an individual and we’ll help you out!

  • Rules & Guidelines

-Teams of 4-6 allowed for both Family and Competitive category, at least one person on Family Team must be 17 or younger.

-Ages 18+ may be on an adult team, 17 and under must be with a family team.

-Adults wishing to participate with a celebratory after-ROAR beer MUST present ID at check-in or after-party

-All participants must sign a safety waiver online or in person

-Must have a team captain

-At least one smartphone per team is required (photo scavenger hunt included in ROAR) Use hashtags #ROARinthecity to win!

-If you are participating in the Competitive Category of ROAR, you must have two modes of transport: your feet and unmotorized wheels, like a bike (secure bike parking will be available at basecamp).

-For the Family Category, the mode of transport can be by feet, bikes, bike trailers, tag-a-longs, jogging strollers etc…

-HELMETS ARE REQUIRED for your non-motorized mode of transportation!! Required for all participants on bikes and for kids on bikes, scooters, tag-a-longs or on their own set of wheels. Parents: you can make the decision for helmets on kids in bike trailers.

-FREE food and cold refreshments at the after party!

PRIZES for:

-Competitive Team Winner

-Family Team Winner

-2nd & 3rd place teams in each category

-Most Creative Team Name (in each category)

-Most Creative Team Costumes (in each category)

-Most Team Spirit (in each category)

and of course…

-MVS (Most Valuable Super Hero!)

Jul
25
Wed
2018 Pedal Party @ Oskar Blues Grill & Brew @ Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Jul 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
2018 Pedal Party @ Oskar Blues Grill & Brew @ Oskar Blues Grill & Brew | Colorado Springs | Colorado | United States

UpaDowna’s weekly summer cruiser ride is back for its 8th year, in a new location at Oskar Blues Colorado Springs! We hope you can join us!

Details:
-Cost: FREE
-Location: Oskar Blues, 118 N. Tejon
-Time: Wednesdays, meet at 5:30pm, leave at 6pm SHARP!
-What: All ages/abilities, WEEKLY slow cruise, no drop ride
-Where: 6 mile loop along the Greenway/Legacy Loop
-Why: Because community+bikes = awesomeness!
-How: Sign the waiver once a year: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ac531258b7a4/web/! Don’t have a bike? Don’t want to bring your own bike? Use one of ours! Borrow one for free here, OR reserve a bike for the season here!
-Tell your server that your here for the Pedal Party and 10% of your tab will go to UpaDowna!

-What if I really want to ride but need assistance? Call us! 719-429-9006

Jul
28
Sat
Stand Up Paddleboarding Social- FREE Demo Day! @ Prospect Lake, Memorial Park
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Stand Up Paddleboarding Social- FREE Demo Day! @ Prospect Lake, Memorial Park | Colorado Springs | Colorado | United States

Stand Up Paddleboarding is the newest of the 6 free/donation based programs UpaDowna offers. It is designed to encourage folks to try the sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding and provide info about where to rent or buy your own equipment. It is amazing to see the empowerment that kids have after they learn how to paddle on their own! It is also very inspiring for adults to find a new, healthy, and fun sport that they can easily do!

SUP Social Info:
-FREE community paddle party, drop in anytime we are there!
-Find us on the west side of the lake under the black tent!
-Feel free to bring your own equipment (kayaks, canoes, boards) or use our boards for free. Prospect Lake requires a permit if you have your own watercraft. Those can be purchased at Sertich Ice Center or the boathouse near the lake
-We provide EVERYTHING you need: a board, paddle, life jacket, and permit
-All ages/skill levels welcome! We recommend kids 10 and under ride with an adult
-Wear athletic clothing/swimsuits/trunks and sandals or water shoes and bring a towel and a change of clothing
-UpaDowna has boards to share. If you would like to rent one, please check out our SUP Social supporting business Pikes Peak Outfitter or buy one from our sup provider, Shaboomee.
-Due to the popularity of this program, there can be a line for the equipment. It’s suggested to bring other activities to pass the time.

UpaDowna is a registered 501c3 nonprofit. Our mission is to provide access to outdoor adventures for all through events and programs that empower individuals, create healthier communities, and foster a respect for the environment. Learn more at UpaDowna.org

To help us continue our mission, please consider making a donation at upadowna.org/donate. Thanks!

Rocky Mountain State Games Stand Up Paddleboard Events @ Prospect Lake, Memorial Park
Jul 28 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Rocky Mountain State Games Stand Up Paddleboard Events @ Prospect Lake, Memorial Park | Colorado Springs | Colorado | United States

Competition Date: Saturday, July 28

Competition Site: Prospect Lake (west side, north of the Beach House), Memorial Park, 501 Prospect Lake., Colorado Springs

COMPETITION SCHEDULE
(Subject to change)
Saturday, July 28
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – UpaDowna SUP Social/On-Site Registration
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Obstacle Race Events Begin/Awards to follow
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Same SUP Racing Events Begin/Awards to follow

Click here for online registration: https://www.tournamentinabox.com/index.php?ff_name=GroupRegistration_Login&option=com_breezingforms&ff_param_tournamentid=254

PARTICIPANT FEES AND DEADLINES (a portion of the fees help support UpaDowna!)

Online Registration (July 25):
Fee: $15 for the first event; $10 per additional event

Day of Registration (On-Site):
$18 for the first event; $12 per additional event

Military Support Program:
The Military Support Program has been created to allow active duty and retired service members, their spouses and dependents to participate in the Rocky Mountain State Games with up to a 50% discount off the normal registration fees. For Military Registration Assistance applications and more information, visit the Military Support Program webpage.

COMPETITION FORMAT DETAILS

Gender
Divisions Events
Male
Youth (ages 8-17) Same SUP Challenge
Female
Beginner (Adult 18+) Obstacle Race

Intermediate (Adult 18+)
Pro (Adult 18+)

Note: Age determination date is July 28, 2018.

Competition Rules and Format:
Event #1 – Same SUP Challege: Beginner and Intermediate competition will be run as a “same SUP” challenge, meaning all competitors will race on the same type of board and will be ranked by fastest times in their heat. NO PERSONAL EQUIPMENT NEEDED; ALL EQUIPMENT WILL BE PROVIDED FOR EACH COMPETITOR including a board, paddle and personal flotation device (PFD) will be provided for each competitor. For the Pro division, personal equipment is accepted for the race but not required. Pro racers are required to wear a PFD. Course: Beginner course – .25 mile; Intermediate course – .5 mile; Pro course – 1.75 miles. Buoys will serve as the course route markers. Racers make their way around 3-4 buoys (one lap) and compete for the fastest times amongst all heats in men’s and women’s categories. Note: Maximum weight limit on provided boards is 275lbs.

All races will start on a “ready, set, go” call while on the board in the water behind the first buoy. While standing, racers will paddle in a clockwise direction around the buoys until the lap(s) are complete. Racers are encouraged to watch out for other racers to avoid any contact of SUP boards. If you are responsible for making another racer fall, you will be disqualified. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd is determined on the position of the nose of the board and the time when it crosses the finish line. Male and female youth athletes will be combined and awarded medals in one division.

Event #2 – Obstacle Race: Athletes will begin in a prone paddle position and “swim” out to get their actual the paddle then will complete a pivot turn (basic instructions will be given if needed) to paddle around three buoys, pick up items in the water with your paddle for points, “shoot” a ball into a goal, paddle under a SUP limbo bar, then race back to the start.

Rocky Mountain State Games and RMSG Commissioners reserve the right to cancel, combine divisions or close registration based on number of registrations, at their discretion.

Dress Code:
Recommended attire includes swim-trunks for men and swimsuit underneath board shorts or yoga leggings for women and a quick dry top for men and women for the race. It is also advised to bring a warm pull-over layer for use after the event. Water shoes are optional. Water bottles with a carabineer that can be attached to your board are suggested.

*The RMSG has a NO REFUND policy. Click Here for details on eligibility, inclement weather, refunds, etc.

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