While pumpkins take their share of abuse around Halloween, no one seems too upset when these squash go sailing through the blue sky. Denver Urban Gardens' Aurora-based Delaney Farm hosts the annual Jack-O-Launch, in which participants compete to see how far they can fling the fall fruit via ingenious catapults. Paging Billy Corgan...

This volleypalooza has been going for more than three decades in Aspen. With some 700 teams competing on eighty courts over Labor Day weekend, it sports the title of the nation's largest volleyball party. Players range in ability from international competitor to laid-back park-grass warrior. Spectators can watch for free, but look out for those the 110 mph shots: If you get beaned, you'll be seeing stars -- and not the normal kind for Glitter Gulch.


This volleypalooza has been going for more than three decades in Aspen. With some 700 teams competing on eighty courts over Labor Day weekend, it sports the title of the nation's largest volleyball party. Players range in ability from international competitor to laid-back park-grass warrior. Spectators can watch for free, but look out for those the 110 mph shots: If you get beaned, you'll be seeing stars -- and not the normal kind for Glitter Gulch.

Team CWW may not boast the most race winners or state records, but if you're a woman looking to enter the sweaty world of triathlons -- yet are too intimidated by the prospect of swimming, biking and running farther than you've driven your car in the past month -- CWW is a fine place to begin. Founded by Celeste Callahan (who did her first triathlon on a dare more than twenty years ago, at the age of 42) and two friends, CWW is a non-profit corporation dedicated to helping non-athletic women prepare for the Denver Danskin, Tri for the Cure and Boulder Peak triathlons. "If you can swim across a pool with a gun to your head, ride your bike to the end of your driveway and run if someone's chasing you, you can do a triathlon," promises Callahan. Training begins with a "get your face wet" pool session in January, progresses to a teeny, tiny triathlon in May, and builds to standard, race-length distances by summer. The cost is $175 for a year of training and support.


Team CWW may not boast the most race winners or state records, but if you're a woman looking to enter the sweaty world of triathlons -- yet are too intimidated by the prospect of swimming, biking and running farther than you've driven your car in the past month -- CWW is a fine place to begin. Founded by Celeste Callahan (who did her first triathlon on a dare more than twenty years ago, at the age of 42) and two friends, CWW is a non-profit corporation dedicated to helping non-athletic women prepare for the Denver Danskin, Tri for the Cure and Boulder Peak triathlons. "If you can swim across a pool with a gun to your head, ride your bike to the end of your driveway and run if someone's chasing you, you can do a triathlon," promises Callahan. Training begins with a "get your face wet" pool session in January, progresses to a teeny, tiny triathlon in May, and builds to standard, race-length distances by summer. The cost is $175 for a year of training and support.

Looking for a little girl-on-girl action? Then head over to the 20th Street Recreation Center on Wednesday nights for the women-only boxing class. For one hour a week, a half-dozen street-savvy ladies practice their right hooks, uppercuts, jabs and roundhouses. Although this is strictly a no-contact class, 20th Street is a serious boxing gym, with fighters in the ring around the clock. So don't expect some chichi tae bo or kickboxing class -- and don't forget to bring shampoo and conditioner, because the locker rooms are the epitome of stripped down. But for just $5 a class or $125 a year (includes access to all of Denver's recreational facilities), this is a deal that kicks serious ass.


20th Street Recreation Center
Looking for a little girl-on-girl action? Then head over to the 20th Street Recreation Center on Wednesday nights for the women-only boxing class. For one hour a week, a half-dozen street-savvy ladies practice their right hooks, uppercuts, jabs and roundhouses. Although this is strictly a no-contact class, 20th Street is a serious boxing gym, with fighters in the ring around the clock. So don't expect some chichi tae bo or kickboxing class -- and don't forget to bring shampoo and conditioner, because the locker rooms are the epitome of stripped down. But for just $5 a class or $125 a year (includes access to all of Denver's recreational facilities), this is a deal that kicks serious ass.

Like most women with similar goals, you head to the gym with visions of sugar buns dancing in your head, but the sad truth of the matter is evident in those hammy hocks you continue to inspect in the mirror each day. In fact, half the challenge of working out in public is overcoming the self-consciousness you feel when you must expose your jiggling contours to the world, particularly to members of the opposite sex. Truth, we're afraid, ain't always beauty. But there's safety in numbers at Ms. GoodBody, where the only people looking are most likely in the same boat as you, body-wise, and the workouts and exercise programs cater particularly to women's concerns and needs. What a boon for your buns.


Like most women with similar goals, you head to the gym with visions of sugar buns dancing in your head, but the sad truth of the matter is evident in those hammy hocks you continue to inspect in the mirror each day. In fact, half the challenge of working out in public is overcoming the self-consciousness you feel when you must expose your jiggling contours to the world, particularly to members of the opposite sex. Truth, we're afraid, ain't always beauty. But there's safety in numbers at Ms. GoodBody, where the only people looking are most likely in the same boat as you, body-wise, and the workouts and exercise programs cater particularly to women's concerns and needs. What a boon for your buns.

First things first: Matrix Fitness|Spa is not cheap. You pay for every amenity. But, oh, the amenities. The posh new place in the Beauvallon is packed full of them, from the locker rooms to the spa to the gym floor. The weights are made of urethane, so there's no clanking and clanging. Each piece of cardio equipment has its own flat-screen TV monitor, so there's no fighting over the remote. Plus, the screen gives you Internet access and allows you to order food from the Beauvallon restaurants and read magazines online. And best of all, it's not packed or full of meatheads, so you can get in, get a serious workout and get out. Feel the burn.


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