3 Ring Weekend Full of Eco-Awareness, Live Music and Family Activities: Copper Half Marathon and Trail 10K Added to Weekend Festivities

June 29, 2010

3 Ring Weekend Full of Eco-Awareness, Live Music and Family Activities

Copper Half Marathon and Trail 10K Added to Weekend Festivities 


Copper Mountain, CO…June 29, 2010…Following the "3 Rings" of The Copper Environmental Foundation's credo - connect, respect, protect - Copper's 3 Ring Weekend, July 2-4, is full of eco-'edutainment,' hands-on activities promoting movement, creativity and learning, a mountain carnival atmosphere and live music from acts including Billy Kelly and the Blah Blah Blahs, The Martini Shot and Rojos Calientes. In addition to those looking to get a bit more active this weekend, make sure to check out the Copper Mountain Half Marathon and Trail 10K on July 3-4. Please help us and do your part - bus, bike, walk or jog to the event. 3 Ring Weekend – Red, White, Blue…and Green!


3 Ring Weekend Schedule of Events*:

Friday, July 2

10 a.m. – 7 p.m.           Fridays at Copper (FAC) – Free activities with every $30 shopping or dining purchase at Copper, including a free one-time pass for the climbing wall, bumper boats, quad power jump, paddle boats, go-karts and mini-golf

6 p.m.                          Free Music at West Lake by Rojos Calientes

Dusk                            Free Movie - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (G) - in Burning Stones Outdoor Theatre

Saturday, July 3

9 a.m.                           10K Trail run Start

10 a.m.                         Decorating for the Kids' Primp My Ride Parade at West Lake
11 a.m.                         Primp My Ride Kid-Powered Parade in the Village at Copper

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.           Conscious Carnival in the Village at Copper, including a Solar Bubble Tower, Cosmic Fire Poi Spinning, Juggling, Giant Murals, Hula hoops, Face painting and Kids’ Story Telling with The Green Minstrel & the RADventures of Nico

11:30 a.m.                    10K Trail run awards in the Village at Copper

Noon                            Free Family Concert by Billy Kelly and the Blah Blah Blahs

2 – 8 p.m.                     Ski, snowboard and skate sessions at the Woodward at Copper Barn

4 – 6 p.m.                     Free live music by Spin Cycle with DJ Laundry at West Lake

6 – 9 p.m.                     Free live music by The Martini Shot in the Village at Copper

Dusk (~9:30 p.m.)         Fireworks over West Lake and fire dancing by Cosmic Fire  

Sunday, July 4 (Happy Birthday, America!)

9 a.m.                           Copper Half Marathon Start

11:30 a.m.                    Kids’ MaraFUN - fun run in The Village at Copper

Noon                            Awards Ceremony

Dusk (~9:30 p.m.)         Fireworks at the Frisco Lakefront Park & Marina - take the Summit Stage Free (and Green!) shuttle to Frisco. 


Live Music during 3 Ring Weekend*:

Guests won’t want to miss Rojos Calientes on Friday, July 2 at 6 p.m. Since 2007, Rojos Calientes has been Summit County's most exciting, innovative and respected acoustic band, providing a unique mixture of original music. The band draws from Peruvian and South American folk music, Gypsy Jazz, Bluegrass, Americana and Jam, developing a unique sound that absolutely captivates audiences. 


On Saturday, July 3 at noon, guests will enjoy a free family concert by Billy Kelly and The Blah Blah Blahs. Billy Kelly and the gang perform sing-able and dance-able indie rock songs that are enjoyed by children and parents alike. Their musical mix will remind you of Jonathan Richman, They Might Be Giants, R.E.M., and Wilco, and those influences perfectly compliment the band's breezy, slyly humorous tunes.


Following the concert, families will love the 80s DJ style of Spin Cycle with DJ Laundry at 4 p.m.  Then at 6 p.m., the Burning Stones Plaza Stage will light up with The Martini Shot, a cover and original six-piece pop-rock rand based out of Southern Colorado. The band was established in 2000 and most of the members are local music teachers. The name, "Martini Shot," refers to the Hollywood slang term for the last shoot of the day.


Copper Mountain Half Marathon, Trail 10K and Kids MaraFUN*:

Starting off the weekend, on Saturday, July 3 at 9 a.m., join us on a scenic run starting at the base of Copper. For this challenging Trail 10K participants will enjoy all the beauty the Rocky Mountains have to offer, perhaps some wildlife and crisp mountain air. The majority (80%) of the race will take place on trails with a gorgeous route that is challenging but not too difficult.


With some of the most beautiful scenery, bike trails, creeks and mountain views, the Copper Mountain Half Marathon will give participants the full experience of mountain running. This mountain half marathon is one of no comparison. With lush surroundings, spectacular sights and views for miles, the NEW course incorporates more trail routes and continues to use the bike path for a beautiful run up Vail pass. This event has come to be known as one of the toughest and highest elevation half marathons in the U.S. - the start line is set at 9,700 ft., topping out on Vail Pass at 10,600 ft.

For the active kids, there will be a free children’s mini-marathon on Sunday, July 4 at 11 a.m. for a quick run through Copper and around West Lake. Every kid will receive a finisher ribbon and frozen treat. For more information on the Half Marathon, 10K Trail race, or the kids MaraFUN, including detailed course and registration info, visit www.copperhalf.com.


Environmental Education and Entertainment during 3 Ring Weekend*

Saturday, July 3, guests enjoy Primp My Ride, a kid-powered parade.  Kids and families can decorate their bike, skateboard, roller skates, scooter, tricycle or pogo stick starting at 10 a.m. at West Lake and then at 11 a.m. cruise through the Village at Copper for this earth-friendly 4th of July parade, led by Giant Puppets and the Copper Fire Department’s customized Humvee.  Decorations will be provided, but feel free to bring your own eco-craft supplies.  Prizes will be awarded for artistic merit, technical merit and best overall.


The Solar Powered Bubble Tower is self-sufficient and requires no outside electricity. Children of all ages are captivated by the endless variety of shapes, sizes and colors of the bubbles.

The Conscious Carnival features story telling with an eco-twist, designed to engage the participants with entertaining and fun activities while learning about a variety of issues concerning the environment and sustainability. Jugglers, stilt walkers, face painting and hula hoops make for a fun-filled and free weekend for the whole family.


*All events are subject to change and are weather dependent.


For more info about 3 Ring Weekend, visit www.3ringweekend.com






David Roth
Office: 970-968-2318 ext.38827
Email: DRoth@coppercolorado.com

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