News June 14, 2017

Register now for the Starlight June 17th! Online registration ends Thursday, June 15
WINNER of the Starlight light set giveaway on Facebook.
Rain Barrel Sale ends June 15th
Trails and Open Space Coalition celebrates 30 years.
NEWS JUNE 14, 2017

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23rd Annual Starlight Spectacular on June 17th, 2017, the SUPERHERO Starlight!
Register online by June 15, before the price hike!
This fun night-time bicycle ride is suitable for most ages and abilities. 14-, 17-, and 21-mile courses. All riders must wear helmets, and have front and rear lights on their bikes.
Festivities begin 9 pm. Enjoy music, food and drink, and fun!
Walk-in registration and packet pickup 9-10 pm inside Garden of the Gods Visitor Ctr.
Ride starts 10:30 pm.

More information at this link.

Ted’s Starlight Light Giveaway and Specials.

Our friends at Ted’s Bicycles donated a light set, value $75.00, for a drawing! 
Julie McGough is our winner!

Ted’s is also having their annual Starlight Spectacular light sale, 3016 N Hancock Ave, 719-473-6915.
Check out their website here.

Earlybirds pick up packets by June 15.

Earlybird registrants (registered by June 4) can pick up their packets at their chosen bike shop now through Thursday, June 15, end of business.

To find out where you said you wanted to pick up your packet, search your email for and find your registration email. Your packet pickup location is listed in the email.
Registrants after June 5 pick up packets 9-10 pm at the event, in the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center.

Starlight Route Map
You can download a more detailed map at

Friends and Partner News

Save water and $$–buy a rain barrel!
Benefits Greenway Fund and Legacy Loop.

Sale ends June 15th
For a limited time, you can purchase your Classic Black 50 gallon Ivy Rain Barrel and gutter diverters at a discounted price.
Your purchase today will benefit the Greenway Fund and Legacy Loop! Regular retail $129–buy now for $75!
Rain barrels are legal in Colorado:
  • Most homeowners in Colorado are now allowed to use rain barrels to collect rainwater.
  • A maximum of two rain barrels with a combined storage of 110 gallons or less are allowed at each household.
  • Collected rainwater may be used to irrigate outdoor lawns, plants or gardens.

Buy your rain barrel now! More info here.

Cheyenne Mtn State Park Trail Challenge

More than 300 have signed up for the Cheyenne Mountain State Park Trail Challenge–to complete ALL 18 of the park’s existing trails for a total of 21.87 miles.
Not enough of a challenge for you?? The 100 Mile Trail Challenge goal is to log 100 miles of trail within the park.
Completion of the Trail Challenge will earn a special patch and the 100 Mile finishers will earn a CMSP Challenge Coin.  Sign up at the Visitor Center.

Volunteer Events this week:
Saturday, June 17
7:45 am Barr Trail
8:30 am Garden of the Gods
8:30 am Palmer Park
8:30 am Cheyenne Cañon
Sunday, June 11
7:45 am Barr Trail
8:30 am Garden of the Gods
Tuesday, June 20
5:30 pm Upper Codell–Red Rock Canyon

Volunteers needed to serve on the Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) Working Committee

The City of Colorado Springs is seeking volunteers to serve on the Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) Working Committee.  Members of the committee manage the revenue and expenditures for the TOPS funds and guide our City in the prudent acquisition, development and preservation of trails, parks and open space. The committee meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 a.m. at the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department Headquarters at 1401 Recreation Way, and conducts property tours on the third Wednesday of every month at 3 p.m. as needed.
Please submit your application by Friday, June 16.  The online application is available at


Bike to Work Day
Wed. June 28th, 2017 6- 9 am
NEW FORMAT! This year you can truly ride your bike to work! Rather than have a big breakfast in one location, ride your route and stop by any of the nearly two dozen breakfast locations on your way.
We’ll have a breakfast station here at the Sustainacenter–come by and see us, and enjoy coffee from Fifty Fifty Cafe and bagels courtesy of Willamette Market and Deli!

Save the Dates

Save the date–Sept 4–for the ADT Races!
Join over 1,000 runners competing in the 2017 American Discovery Trail Races Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and Kids 1K. The scenic course along paved and dirt trails is about as fast and flat as you can find in Colorado. All proceeds directly benefit local trails and local non-profits dedicated to trail stewardship and community running events in Colorado Springs.
Labor Day – Monday, September 4, 2017
America the Beautiful Park
  • Marathon will start at Palmer Lake and finish at America the Beautiful Park.
  • Boston marathon qualified point-to-point course through the United States Air Force Academy.
  • The half marathon, 10K, and Kids Races will start and finish at America the Beautiful Park in downtown Colorado Springs.

More information.            Registration link

The Trails and Open Space Coalition Celebrates 30 years!

Donate now–your donation helps preserve open space and parks.

Thanks to those of you who have generously renewed your membership AND added $30 as we celebrate our 30th anniversary. It was 1987 when a group of community leaders came together to form the Pikes Peak Trails Association to see that land was set aside, trails were built and connected.
We come to you each spring asking you to renew your annual membership. If you just joined us last fall, renew when it’s most convenient for you. We’re glad to have you! By sending out membership letters all at once, we save on staff time and postage. Thank you!

Donate or renew at this link.

TOPS turns 20–inspiring video!
TOPS Turns 20
TOPS Turns 20

The City TOPS (Trails, Open Space and Parks) turns 20 this year! The City put together a wonderful video featuring people who helped make TOPS a reality, and the landscapes that inspire us all. (6-minute run time)

Here’s the link in case you can’t just click on the picture above.

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