One of Denver's coolest after-dark traditions returns tonight: the InnovAge Moonlight Classic, during which an anticipated 4,000 cyclists will mount up by the light of the moon and ride through Denver's historic neighborhoods and business district. The mellow ten-mile ride — now in its 21st year — gives riders a chance to experience the city in a different kind of glow.
It also raises awareness and money for the InnovAge Foundation, a nonprofit that helps elderly people stay comfortably in their own homes. "Ten thousand people per day turn 65 in the U.S., and that trajectory extends nearly twenty years," says Dan Lawrence, director of development for InnovAge. "We who are vibrant and healthy often take our energetic lifestyles for granted."
The fun starts with a pajama party and cycling expo at 8:30 p.m. at the State Capitol Building, 200 East Colfax Avenue. The first wave of riders — kids under seventeen and their families — heads out at 10:30 p.m. Adult "casual cruisers" can begin pedaling at 11 p.m., with faster, more experienced riders — the gonzo wave — taking off at 11:30. Adult registration is $40 plus a $3.95 processing fee. Registration for children seventeen and under and seniors 55 and older is $30 plus a $3.25 processing fee. For more information and to register, visit moonlight-classic.com or call 877-228-4881.