Of course you want to Live Strong. But what if you don't have a multimillion-dollar U.S. Postal Service or Discovery Channel sponsorship: Can you still be like Lance? Yes, thanks to Carmichael Training Systems and the Internet. For anywhere between $39 and $500 a month, the Colorado Springs-based CTS -- and, yes, Chris Carmichael does train Lance Armstrong -- will train you for your next big athletic event via your computer. Packages range from the Classic -- send your training questions to a chat forum -- to the Ultimate, which entitles you to a daily phone conversation with your personal coach. The actual sweating is up to you.


Of course you want to Live Strong. But what if you don't have a multimillion-dollar U.S. Postal Service or Discovery Channel sponsorship: Can you still be like Lance? Yes, thanks to Carmichael Training Systems and the Internet. For anywhere between $39 and $500 a month, the Colorado Springs-based CTS -- and, yes, Chris Carmichael does train Lance Armstrong -- will train you for your next big athletic event via your computer. Packages range from the Classic -- send your training questions to a chat forum -- to the Ultimate, which entitles you to a daily phone conversation with your personal coach. The actual sweating is up to you.

Dolph Grundman, a Metro State history professor, became interested in a lost chapter of Denver's sporting history while doing research for a class. He discovered that for a few decades, Denver was a center of the basketball universe, hosting the annual AAU men's basketball championship on the stage of the Auditorium Theatre. And while the game was light-years away from today's run-and-gun NBA, Grundman found that the corporate-sponsored teams -- including the Denver Piggly Wigglys -- helped pave the way for today's hoopsters. Heck, there was even a squad called the Nuggets. The era lives again in Grundman's tome The Golden Age of Amateur Basketball: The AAU Tournament, 1921-1968.


Dolph Grundman, a Metro State history professor, became interested in a lost chapter of Denver's sporting history while doing research for a class. He discovered that for a few decades, Denver was a center of the basketball universe, hosting the annual AAU men's basketball championship on the stage of the Auditorium Theatre. And while the game was light-years away from today's run-and-gun NBA, Grundman found that the corporate-sponsored teams -- including the Denver Piggly Wigglys -- helped pave the way for today's hoopsters. Heck, there was even a squad called the Nuggets. The era lives again in Grundman's tome The Golden Age of Amateur Basketball: The AAU Tournament, 1921-1968.

Boulder photographer John B. Weller fell in love with the Great Sand Dunes years ago, and he began documenting the beautiful sand swells on repeated trips. His compilation, Great Sand Dunes National Park: Between Light and Shadow, released by Westcliffe Publishers last year, is a stunning introduction to a unique part of our state. And while Weller was torn about over-publicizing the fragile area, he believes that the more people come to love the Dunes, the better the chances of preserving them.


Boulder photographer John B. Weller fell in love with the Great Sand Dunes years ago, and he began documenting the beautiful sand swells on repeated trips. His compilation, Great Sand Dunes National Park: Between Light and Shadow, released by Westcliffe Publishers last year, is a stunning introduction to a unique part of our state. And while Weller was torn about over-publicizing the fragile area, he believes that the more people come to love the Dunes, the better the chances of preserving them.

The Nuggets' barely sophomore star has endured plenty of hardships -- and we're not just talking about the All-Star Game snub. Melo's life gets a frank examination in Carmelo Anthony: It's Just the Beginning, a 48-page hardcover authored by sportswriter Greg Brown, who has also profiled the lives of Vince Carter and Dan Marino. "I lived in depressed places, and I've felt depression," Carmelo told Brown. "My biggest goal growing up was surviving." With the addition of a new coach and gal pal LaLa, it seems that Melo may be moving ahead.


The Nuggets' barely sophomore star has endured plenty of hardships -- and we're not just talking about the All-Star Game snub. Melo's life gets a frank examination in Carmelo Anthony: It's Just the Beginning, a 48-page hardcover authored by sportswriter Greg Brown, who has also profiled the lives of Vince Carter and Dan Marino. "I lived in depressed places, and I've felt depression," Carmelo told Brown. "My biggest goal growing up was surviving." With the addition of a new coach and gal pal LaLa, it seems that Melo may be moving ahead.

A simian sprint in which participants were encouraged to dress like apes? Only in our animal-lovin' urban jungle. For a $150 registration fee, participants in the Denver Gorilla Run received their own gorilla suit and the chance to roam five miles through the heart of downtown Denver. Climbing high-rises was optional, but for hairy fun, this was the one. All proceeds from the run went to the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund. The second edition -- with a sliding fee scale -- is set to escape on October 22. Start stocking up on bananas: This race has appeal.


A simian sprint in which participants were encouraged to dress like apes? Only in our animal-lovin' urban jungle. For a $150 registration fee, participants in the Denver Gorilla Run received their own gorilla suit and the chance to roam five miles through the heart of downtown Denver. Climbing high-rises was optional, but for hairy fun, this was the one. All proceeds from the run went to the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund. The second edition -- with a sliding fee scale -- is set to escape on October 22. Start stocking up on bananas: This race has appeal.

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