My Jewish grandmother used to make me schlep everything. Schlep the folding card-table chairs out of her basement for dinner, schlep groceries from her car, schlep the patio furniture out for the summer and back in for the winter. No male in the family was free of his schlepping responsibilities.

Now that I’m grown and don’t get to see Grandma as much, all the schlepping I do is my own. But Denver’s Jewish community is offering an opportunity to get back to my roots with today’s Schlep the Slopes, a bike ride that offers 10-, 28- and 50-mile non-competitive rides. The 50-miler departs the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Road in Castle Rock, at 8 a.m.; the 28-mile departs at 9, followed by the 10-mile at 9:30. All riders must check in by 7 a.m. on race day; registration is $45 for adults, $18 for kids ages fourteen to seventeen riding with an adult.

Support vehicles will follow, and snacks and water will be available along the route. All riders are required to wear helmets so, as Grandma would say, “you don’t bang your keppe!”

Enjoy a kosher barbecue at the fairgrounds once all riders return to the departure point. Visit call 303-316-6487 to register.
Sun., July 29, 8 a.m.

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Luke Turf