Ten Sports Groups to Get Involved With This Summer

Summer is the time to get up and get out, try a new sport, challenge yourself, meet people. And the season comes and goes pretty quickly, so here are ten suggestions for some new, mostly outdoor activities to try. We promise you’ll work up a sweat.

Denver Cruisers
Wednesday nights, 7 p.m.
Various Denver locations
Join a few hundred of your closest friends for this ever-popular weekly themed ride. The 2015 Denver Cruisers season — the group’s tenth — has five starting points around town, and themes ranging from Knights and Nighties to Freakshow. It’s the perfect, often boozy opportunity to dust off your bike, meet new people and make the most of your Hump Days.

Denver Trail Heads
$2 for weekend activities, $1 for after-work activities
Those looking to enjoy all of the hiking, climbing, camping and backpacking this state has to offer would do well to join the Denver Trail Heads on one of the group’s upcoming trips. With more than 1,000 past events and nearly 5,000 current members, the Denver Trail Heads consistently have a full schedule of outdoor activities for various levels.

November Project Denver
Wednesday and Friday mornings, 5:30 a.m. and 6:15 a.m.
Civic Center Park
Baggy-sweater weather is gone, which is why the November Project is here, meeting twice a week when the sun comes up. The local chapter of this national group makes fitness a priority — but a fun one: The free, all-level workouts are filled with high-fives and spray-painted T-shirts. Can’t make it to Civic Center Park? The group adds an alternate location every Friday.

Play Mile High
Multiple times and locations
Few things in life go together as well as kickball and flip cup, so follow the Play Mile High motto by getting active and getting social. Summer registration for the Denver-based sports and social club is open through June 23; available league activities run from -volleyball to bocce ball and everything in between. Don’t worry about being the best athlete (or not), because win or lose, there’s a weekly post-game happy hour.

Rocky Mountain Road Runners
Wednesday nights, 6:15 p.m.
North High School
2960 Speer Boulevard
If you’re looking to start running but aren’t quite ready to pay dues for a running club, test the waters (or in this case, the track) with Rocky Mountain Road Runners’ free track workouts. The club offers a long and short workout, alternating between two and three miles.

Mile High Disc Golf Club
Phenix Disc Sports
7100 Broadway
The members of Mile High Disc Golf Club take their sport seriously. A mere $20 gets you access to a lengthy schedule of open tournaments and clubs around Colorado, as well as discounts to Frisbee shops around the metro area. Whether you want to com-pete in high-stakes tournaments or are just looking for fun on a summer afternoon, membership in the Mile High Disc Golf Club is a perfect summer deal.

Fitness in the City
Thursdays, 11 a.m.
Civic Center Park
Fitness in the City is partnering with Civic Center Moves and The River to present a signature Crossfit class called Yoga Cross. While the normal drop-in rate for Fitness in the City runs $17, you can swing by Civic Center Park on Thursday mornings and embrace your inner yogi/Crossfit junkie for free. Fitness in the City will offer additional free classes at the South Platte Riverfest, June 27 and 28.

Denver Social Climb
Multiple times and locations
Whether you’re just learning how to belay or you regularly handle difficult, 5.13-graded climbs, Denver Social Climb is waiting for you with open arms and strapped-on helmets. This active group seeks to educate new climbers and connect them with more experienced ones. Denver Social Climb offers indoor lessons for newbies as well as various outdoor climbs throughout the week.

Train OC
Multiple times and locations
Remember Field Day in grade school? Back then, team-building meant (literally) jumping through hoops and climbing over obsta-cles — long before the grown-up version presented itself in the office board room. Now, with Train OC’s portable obstacle course, Denver kids and adults can get back to basics. The organization works mainly on site at elementary and middle schools, but the company’s website has a list of adult events, as well.

Saturdays, 10 a.m.
HealthQ Club
8755 East Orchard Avenue
Jump-start your weekends with HealthQ’s free Fit Camp on Saturday mornings. Located in the Denver Tech Center, the group ac-commodates all fitness levels and includes an occasional Colorado Rapids player as a workout buddy. HealthQ’s Fit Camp combines a total body workout that starts indoors and then heads outside for some cardio in the summer sun.

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Lauren Archuletta is a contributor for Westword's arts section covering the Latinx community and reproductive health.

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