Castle Rock Races

Climb4Change – May 12th

Life is often an uphill battle. Climb4Change takes an uphill battle and turns it into progress for an incredibly important cause, the Town of Castle Rock’s Adaptive Recreation Program. Since Climb4Change’s inception, program registration has increased 70% and the event has raised thousands of dollars helping to ensure everyone in the community has access to recreational opportunities. There are four events to choose from:

Race to the Top – A one-time run to the top… think you can beat the course record?

Trail Race – Go up the stairs and down the trail, but hurry, you only have 30 minutes.

Power Hour – You guessed it. Up and down those stairs, for an hour!

Run4Fun – This untimed event is a little less competitive way to show your support. You’ll go up the stairs and down the trail, just once, and it can be done at any time during the event except at the start of any of the other races. Participants in this event still receive a shirt and medal.

May 12th the fun gets underway at 7:00am at the Challenge Hill at Philip S. Miller Park with packet pick up. Power Hour begins at 8am, the Trail Race commences at 9:25am and the Race to the Top starts at 10:15am. The Run4Fun officially begins at 10:45am but can be done at anytime. At 11:15am race division results and Hill records will be announced.
Go to for more information.


Rock Hawk Trail Race – May 26th

Find yourself racing through the gorgeous trails of Castle Rock’s Miller Park and Ridgeline Trail systems in this race series featuring a 5K, 10K and the Rock Hawk Half Marathon. Packet pick up for the races will be at the Miller Activity Complex (MAC) at 6am with the Half Marathon beginning at 7:00am (there is a 4 hour time limit for this race.) The 5K commences at 7:15am and the 10K takes off at 7:30am. While challenging, the trails serving as the courses for these races are not overly technical, making them great events for all levels of runners, from first timers to veterans who may be training for longer summer events.
For more information or to register, go to


Memorial Day Run & March – May 26th

The Memorial Day Run & March invites civilians, veterans and uniformed Military to challenge themselves to friendly competition, all while helping to feed homeless Veterans. Choose the 5K, 10K or 30K route and be sure to bring non-perishable food that you would like to donate. This year, you can upgrade any race to a more challenging Ruck March (participants will bring and carry a 25lb pack filled with non-perishable food during your race.) Finishers of the Ruck March will recived the Norwegian Foot March Badge. All non-perishable food items will be donated to help feed local Veterans in need. Hosted by Colorado Veterans Project, this event will also feature live music by local favorite, Buckstein. Four legged friends and little racers are welcome as well and entry for participants 12 and under is free (timing bib, medal and shirt not included.) The Memorial Day Run & March is the largest single day food donation event in Colorado. Since 2015, over 61,000 pounds of food has been donated to Veterans in need. For more information or to get involved, go to


Just give it a try – Tri the Rock Youth Triathlon – May 20th

Castle Rock’s annual youth triathlon, for all adventurous kids ages 5-14, offers up the chance for kids to get out, get active and give a challenge at try! On Sunday, May 20th, the bike racks at Butterfield Crossing Park and Pool will open at 6:30am with the race beginning at 8:00am. Tri the Rock will compete based on the athlete’s age as of Race Day, with the following divisions: 5-6 years old will swim 25 meters (one pool length), bike 1km (one lap around the park) and run 500 meters. Please note that this age group will not begin their race until 10:30 am. 7-8 & 9-10 year olds will swim 50m, bike 4km and run 1km and the 11-12 & 12-14 year olds will swim 100m, bike 8km and run 2km. The purpose of Tri the Rock is to get kids to try something new, so a portion of each registration fee is donated back to participants’ school or club. Be sure to indicate your school or club when you sign up and the winning school will get the honor of displaying the Tri the Rock trophy at their school this next year!
Go to for more details and the link to registration.

Dalton Moon Foundation

When you watch someone do something extremely difficult with an ease and grace that makes the impossible look effortless, it’s inspiring. Inspiring others is something Dalton Levine did throughout his lifetime through his amazing dance and orchestra performances, his impressive academic achievements and his eternally optimistic and inspiring way he lived his life while fighting a very rare and aggressive form of cancer, adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC). Diagnosed in high school, Dalton’s resolve never faltered. He remained positive and determined to fight this disease and get better, all while keeping his sense of humor and comforting younger cancer patients fighting the same fight. A warrior to the end, Dalton sadly passed away on December 13th, 2016.

Following Dalton’s example of relentless positivity, humanity and kindness; his family was inspired to create the Dalton’s Moon Foundation in his memory. The continual mission of the foundation is to raise funds to empower armies of doctors, nurses, clinicians, scientists and support staff in our hospitals to get the resources they need in order to make cancer a thing of the past. Their dream is that the Dalton’s Moon Foundation will make the dream of “no more cancer” a reality.

With these goals in mind, Dalton’s family and friends invite the community to join them in the 2nd Annual Dalton’s Moon Foundation Golf Tournament on Friday, June 15th, at the Spring Valley Golf Club. Funds raised from the tournament, as well as an online auction that will be live from June 8th-15th, will benefit Dancers Against Cancer, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Children’s Tumor Foundation, and several more deserving causes to be determined. Before his passing, Dalton had participated in Colorado School of Dance’s “Dance for a Difference” show, a fundraiser for Children’s Hospital Colorado, since its inception. To date, this annual benefit has raised well over $100,000 for the hospital. He was also very proud to be chosen as an ambassador for Children’s Hospital in 2016. He represented the hospital at multiple events and supported numerous fundraising initiatives.

Funds will also be used for a Legend High School College Scholarship, to be awarded to a student who exemplifies the same qualities and passion for learning and helping others that Dalton did. Despite the rigors of his intense cancer treatments during his junior and senior years, Dalton continued to excel academically, graduating from LHS with honors, on time, with a better than 4.0 grade point average and in the top 3% of his class. Dalton had plans to attend University of Colorado – Boulder as a Computer Science major and ultimately to go to medical school and become a pediatrician.

If you are unable to attend the event, please consider becoming a sponsor through a donation. All donations, including cash and items donated for silent auction, are tax-deductible. Please go to to register for the event or to contribute.

If you were fortunate enough to see Dalton perform, you know that his love of life came through in his passion for the arts. If you never got that chance, you will no doubt be just as inspired by Dalton through the work of this amazing foundation and the legacy Dalton continues to leave. In tribute to Dalton, or perhaps for someone you know who has battled or is battling cancer, please go to for more information about the online auction, to register for the Dalton’s Moon Foundation Golf Tournament or to contribute to the foundation and their tireless fight against pediatric cancers. Maya Angelou once said, “If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased.” Dalton Levine certainly left his mark, and it’s one that will be impossible to erase. Please consider honoring his legacy by supporting the Dalton’s Moon Foundation at their event next month, and become a part of that legacy.

Ducky Derby

Release The Duckies!

This summer marks the 22nd Annual Ducky Derby and Street Festival coming to Castle Rock on June 9th. The Ducky Derby, hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Castle Rock and Castle Pines, is the largest fundraiser of the entire year for the clubs… and the most fun! Funds raised at the event are distributed to the Douglas/Elbert Task Force, Castle Rock Senior Center, The Family Women’s Crisis Center and Wellspring Community, among others. Rotary also funds student scholarships, youth leadership training and Boy Scouts of America projects.
This year, the event will include an art show and sale hosted by local artist guilds.

Festivities will run from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 9th, at Festival Park at Second and Wilcox Streets. There will be a variety of entertainment for children including a Ducky coloring contest, face painting, a bouncy castle and more. For the adults there will be music, food and drink, a silent auction and a variety of vendors to peruse. Saturday’s art show and sale will be held just one block north on Wilcox Street in front of the county administration building. The Court the Arts event, put on by the arts guilds of Castle Rock, is also free and runs from 10:00am-5:00pm on both June 9th and 10th.

Derby enthusiasts who are ready to race can enter the Ducky Derby by purchasing numbered tickets (available on weekends between 10am-2pm at King Soopers in the Castle Rock area, at Mama Lisa’s in Castle Pines North, or from any Rotarian prior to the race at the Festival.) Tickets are $5 each or five tickets
for $20.

Tickets also may be acquired online at where detailed Ducky Derby information is available.

Each ducky has a number affixed to its bottom. At the event, the Derby will begin at about 3:00pm with numbered Duckies being launched into East Plum Creek just below the I-25 bridge. The ducks will be taken out at a finish line down stream and their numbers will be posted on the festival grounds. People with numbered tickets have a chance to win cash and prizes! The two highest finishers will have a chance at winning $1 million or a new car. If those prizes are not won, the first three ticket holders will win cash; first prize being $2,000, second and third prizes $750 and $250 respectively. Additional prizes, donated by local merchants, will be awarded to people whose ticket numbers match Duckies with finishing positions up to about 50 places. All winners will be notified by phone in the days following the event. People do not have to be present to win.

Kick off the summer with one of the most beloved events in town. Get your tickets and get ready to race in the 22nd Annual Ducky Derby!

Local Business Spotlight: Buff City Soap

Buff City Soap
5050 Factory Shops #175, Castle Rock

Hours of Operation: Mon-Sat 10:00am-8:00pm &
Sun 11:00am-6:00pm

Buff City Soap just opened their doors at the Outlets of Castle Rock in early November.

Please describe your business:
We are a handcrafted soap company specializing in artisan soaps, bath bombs, and shower products.

Why did you choose to open your business in our community?
We chose Castle Rock because of its beautiful location, informed consumers, and commitment to quality products for the family. This community is very passionate about small businesses and shopping local, and we appreciate the outstanding support we’ve had along the way!

What makes your business “unique” or different from your competitors?
Our business is unique in many ways! Firstly, EVERYTHING is produced in-store, from high quality raw materials, by local artisans who are passionate about creating products that are safe and fun for the whole family. We feature a wide variety of products ranging from bath bombs, soaps, and shower fizzies, to face and beard care! Additionally, we enjoy sharing the experience with our customers through soap classes, bath bomb parties, and free demonstrations. We’d love to meet you in person and chat about how our products can fit in to your lifestyle!

Why did you get into this type of business?
We got into this type of business because we are committed to providing safe and ethical bath and shower products for the family. All of our products are plant-based, phalate and paraben free, and free of preservatives and detergents!

What do you like most about owning your business?
It is most rewarding to Hearing back from customers that have skin issues and are willing to give our products a try. Many people with eczema, psoriasis, acne, and sulfate allergies have found relief with our products, and it’s a fantastic feeling to know that we can assist them on their journey to feeling comfortable in their own skin.

For someone who will be coming into your business for the first time, what is the single most important thing they should try/purchase and why?
Give our soap a try! Talk to our staff for suggestions for our most popular soaps, bath bombs, and moisturizing products.

What advice would you give someone wanting to open a business in our community?
Don’t be afraid to network with our community and other small business owners. Oftentimes you will find support where you didn’t expect!

Local Business Spotlight: Altitude Offroad

Altitude Offroad
2276 Manatt Ct. Unit B03
Castle Rock, CO 80104

Open Monday-Friday

Altitude Offroad has been open since 2017 and specializes in custom modification and fabrication for off-road vehicles.

Why did you choose to open your business in our community?
I have always enjoyed Castle Rock and have family in the surrounding area. I recognized a need for a custom 4×4 shop to serve the growing population of off-road enthusiasts in the Castle Rock area.

What makes your business “unique” or different from your competitors?
My goal is help my customers make smart decisions when modifying their vehicles. When completing projects, I aim to think outside of the box and create custom solutions based on individual needs. I strive to gain an understanding of how my customers have been using their vehicles, as well as how they want to use their vehicles in the near and distant future. This ultimately helps me find a balance between performance and the customer’s budget.

Why did you get into this type of business?
What started as a hobby slowly grew into a passion that consumed my life. I love working with my hands and sharing my passion with other off-road enthusiasts.

What do you like most about owning your business?
I love waking up everyday and going to work to build my business. Everything I do has direct impact on the performance of my shop. There is an indescribable level of satisfaction I have everyday that I just didn’t have when I was working for someone else.

For someone who will be coming into your business for the first time, what is the single most important thing they should try/purchase and why?
I would encourage people to stop by the shop and check out whatever projects we are working on. I like when people stop by and just talk about their current vehicles and the vehicles of their dreams.

What advice would you give someone wanting to open a business in our community?
I would tell them to go for it – there is no perfect formula for starting a business. You have to jump out of the airplane and build your parachute on the way down. There are endless avenues of support in the community and from other business owners to help you get started.

Senior Life Expo

April 19th 2pm-6pm Douglas County Events Center

With the senior population rapidly growing, services and programs for seniors are expanding equally as fast. It can be rather overwhelming to make sense of it all . The goal of the upcoming Douglas County Senior Life Expo is to bring seniors and their family members together with providers of services, all in one place. At this free event, attendees will be able to meet with representatives regarding “all things senior” topics including housing, health care, insurance, senior organizations, home care, estate planning, assistance and services, funeral and cremation services, transportation, government programs and services, and activities for socializing and keeping busy, and much more.

The Senior Life Expo will also offer free seminars with topics of interest to seniors by experts in their respective fields. These will run on the half-hour beginning at 2:30 pm. Topics included in these seminars include “Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning,” “How to Navigate the Medicaid Process,” and “The Truth About Preparing to Downsize (Right Size).”
Even if certain services are not needed now, it is valuable to know where to find help before the time comes when those services are needed.
All attendees will receive a program book with contact information sorted by category for all partners, providing a wealth of information and resources. Written materials, giveaways and door prizes will be found throughout the exhibit hall. Concessions will also be available for purchase.

This free event, organized by the Castle Rock Senior Activity Center, is a place where seniors, and those who care about them, can come to get questions answered, to seek out services available for now or for the future. A current list of partners and schedules of seminars can be found by visiting or by calling 303-688-9498.

Annual Senior Life Expo
April 19th ~ 2:00pm-6:00pm
Douglas County Events Center in Castle Rock at the Fairgrounds

Castle Rock Adventure Park

You’re in luck because one of the best outdoor adventure destinations is right in your backyard in Castle Rock. Castle Rock Adventure Park, home of the EPIC Adventure Tower, EPIC Sky Trek and incredible Zip Line Tour calls Philip S. Miller Park home. Rated Denver’s #1 Zip Line Tour, Rated #1 in Outdoor Activities by Trip Advisor, Castle Rock Adventure Park is an adrenaline pumping good time! So where to start? Let’s check all the options out…

The Zip Line Tour:
Castle Rock Zip Line Tours is without a doubt the most fantastic ride in the Rockies. Open year round, the zip line tour boasts 10 lines spanning over 1.5 miles of smooth, fast cables. Think you can’t zip line anytime? Think again. The scenery is just as spectacular in cooler weather, so don’t think you have to wait until summer to enjoy the tour. Along the way, you’ll reach speeds of up to 50mph, ending on the spectacular 1500 foot dual race line. The Zip Line is open year round and the entire adventure lasts 2-3 hours.

EPIC Adventure Tower:
When it comes to adventure – 13 is a lucky number. With 13 amazing elements departing daily from the 75’ Eagles Nest, the Epic Adventure Tower is a different challenge every time you tackle it. With a 42’ climbing wall, instructional rappelling, adrenaline jumping stations, and the 75’ Eagles Nest platform with the World’s Highest Flight Line, dropping off the top of this structure makes this undeniably one of the most exhilarating experiences found in Colorado’s front range. The tower also includes a kamikaze zip straight to the ground and a zip station that combines a zip line and auto-belay system to provide an exciting drop to the ground below. Check online for Epic Tower specials – expect your EPIC Tower adventure to last 2-3 hours.

EPIC Sky Trek:
This three-tiered, aerial trekking course has no less than 110 challenging components, making it one of the best in the United States. The course itself is built on an amazing and technically sound Kristal Turm Platform. All three platforms of this course make it an unforgettable destination for family outings, reunions, and workplace team building events. The course can handle groups of 2-200! During the spring and summer seasons (March through September) the course is open 7 days a week, 10am-6pm. (From October-February, it’s open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm)

Looking to tackle more than just one EPIC adventure? You can purchase package deals to bundle the fun. Bronze, Silver and Gold packages are available. For details on package deals or to book individual excursions, go to Want to give an EPIC gift? You can purchase any of the EPIC Adventures for friends or family as well.

Feel like taking your adventure on the road? Or rather, on the river? Just 1.5 hours away from Castle Rock is another adventure waiting to be had – Colorado White Water Rafting with Royal Gorge Rafting is a “must do” for residents and visitors to our state alike. World class rafting tours are available beginning the middle of this month through September. All-inclusive rafting packages as well as amazing vacation rental facilities are available. There is so much fun and excitement in the Royal Gorge Region – which makes this one of Colorado’s top destinations. Royal Gorge Rafting, Zip Line Tours, Vacation Rentals & the White Water Bar & Grill – One Location – 100% FUN! Go to for more information or to book your rafting tour.

There’s no “what should we do this weekend?” or “got any plans this summer?” with all the adventure to be had right here in Castle Rock and not too far away on the water in the Royal Gorge. Be it Zip Lining, conquering the EPIC Sky Trek or taking on the EPIC Adventure Tower, your down time will be nothing short of thrilling!

Castle Rock Adventure Park is located at 1375 West Plum Creek Pkwy
For rate, reservation and all other information, go to Or call 720-733-9477

Vintage & Vibrant

You won’t want to miss Vintage & Vibrant a day-long educational event at the Douglas County Events Center.

The Seniors’ Council of Douglas County is thrilled to present Vintage & Vibrant, a day-long educational event at the Douglas County Events Center, featuring a number of exciting workshops and two very special keynote addresses, specifically designed for older adults in Douglas County. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day and lunch is also included, as well as the chance to win some great door prizes at the close of the day’s offerings. This event will offer a variety of additional topics that will interest older adults in Douglas County and help ensure our communities are a good place to Live Well and Age Well!

After opening remarks, the keynote morning’s keynote speakers, Karen Brown and Wade Buchanan will begin their remarks at 9:00am. Karen Brown is the Chair of the 2018 Colorado Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging and Wade Buchanan serves as the Governor’s Senior Advisor on Aging. Following the first keynote addresses, will be the first opportunity to mingle and meet with some of the event sponsors prior to the first breakout session opportunity at 10:15am. Breakout sessions will include topics such as Tai Chi for Seniors, Care Mapping, the Douglas County Library’s Study Corps, Artificial Intelligence, Coming Soon – The New Medicare Card and Personal Safety.

At the 11 o’clock hour will be another opportunity to meet with sponsors of the event, followed by the next breakout session at 11:30am. Lunch will be served at 12:15pm and during that time, the next keynote address will be given by Dr. Mohammed Mahoor from the University of Colorado along with Ryan the Robot. Ryan was created to assist seniors and those with memory loss remain independent and engaged in the community. Curious attendees will be given the chance to “visit” with Ryan the Robot after lunch.

The third and final breakout session will begin at 2pm, with some final closing remarks and a video presentation from AARP, Changing the Perception of Aging, scheduled for 2:45pm. Door prizes will be awarded at the close of the day’s activities at 3:00pm.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 2nd, and plan on making a day of it at Vintage and Vibrant at the Douglas County Events Center. This event, bringing together older adults with cutting edge educational sessions and networking opportunities, is the first of its kind hosted by the Seniors’ Council of Douglas County. Cost of the event is just $5 per person for the entire day’s schedule.

For More Information about Vintage and Vibrant hosted by Seniors’ Council of Douglas County Contact Gretchen Lopez, Event Chair at

Local Business Spotlight: Castle Rock Music

Castle Rock Music

429 Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-5pm &
Sunday 12pm-4pm

Castle Rock Music has been locally owned and operated since 2005

Please describe your business
Castle Rock Music is a full line, grassroots music store. We offer instruction in music lessons for all ages and levels as well as selling a wide variety of instruments, pro audio equipment and providing instrument repair. Our shop is also a music community with recitals, special music performances and an open atmosphere for getting to know each other.

Why did you choose to open your business in our community?
In 2005 my wife and I were living in Washington, D.C. and became pregnant with our first son. We quickly moved into nesting mode and starting looking for a great place to raise a family. My wife’s sister had recently moved to Castle Rock and we came to visit. We quickly fell in love with Colorado and saw an opportunity for a better way of life. We sold our house, moved across the country, and opened the business!

What makes your business “unique” or different from your competitors?
We are a true old school music shop. There are not many of us left. Folks come in here all the time to chop it up about music, Colorado, sports and just life in general. With the ongoing trend in online shopping, our shop is a place where people can fellowship.

Why did you get into this type of business?
I’m a musician, a jazz trumpet player. I started working in a music store when I started my undergrad in 1997. The jazz musician life doesn’t mix well with a newborn baby. After my first son was born, I went into provider mode and decided to open my own shop. I’ve only ever worked for small businesses. I’ve never worked for a corporation. I really love the small business culture and feel they are so important to society, so it was a natural fit for me.

What do you like most about owning your business?
I love our customers! I also love a challenge. I enjoy seeing the fruits of my labor. I love investing in young musicians. I bring in teachers looking to make a living in music, and then get to watch them teach young musicians to experience the joy of playing an instrument.

For someone who will be coming into your business for the first time, what is the single most important thing they should try/purchase and why?
They should try a music lesson. We don’t have a registration fee and there are no contracts. You can take just one lesson if you’d like. In our fast paced world it’s important to slow down and find things to enjoy and there is nothing better for that than music. So many people have it on their bucket list, sometimes people just need to jump out and experience it.

What advice would you give someone wanting to open a business in our community?
Work for a small business. Better yet, work for a small business in the industry you want to get into so you can experience all the different aspects of business ownership. In my place I’m the president, the secretary, janitor, head of marketing, counselor, carpenter, purchaser etc…and after 22 years of being in the biz I’m still learning. You’ve got to keep your head on a swivel. Things are constantly changing.

Local Business Spotlight: The Urban

The Urban Event Spaces

221 Perry Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104

Hours of Operation:
By Appointment Only

The Urban just opened their doors in December of 2017!

Please describe your business:
The Urban is a performance and event venue in the heart of downtown Castle Rock. We offer a venue that provides a unique experience people crave, with a mixture of art, thoughtful design and industrial rustic accents.

Why did you choose to open your business in our community?
Downtown Castle Rock is a unique and growing community with beautiful scenery to be enjoyed. Prior to opening this venue, there were not any options for the community to host larger events, celebrations, parties, and even weddings in the heart of downtown.

What makes your business “unique” or different from your competitors?
Our space is like none other! With hints of historic architectural charm, The Urban has brought a renewed purpose to a building built in 1922. With free parking, being within walking distance to restaurants and bars, and our own on-site liquor license, we can offer that little something extra that other venues can’t compete with.

Why did you get into this type of business?
Being a business owner in Castle Rock for over 25 years, I realized that one thing downtown was lacking was a place for social gatherings, celebrations, and events that could accommodate larger crowds and groups. That’s where The Urban comes in.

What do you like most about owning your business?
I love being able to network in the community with other business owners, locals, and newcomers as well.

What advice would you give someone wanting to open a business in our community?
Familiarize yourself with the area, meet the people, interact with other business owners in the community, and get involved in local events.