Arvada TRYathlon a huge success

 04/01/2013 | 03:50 PM 
Sally Collins

Arvada resident, Sally Collins, works her way up the climbing wall during the first-ever Arvada TRYathlon.

Thanks, Arvada TRYathlon participants!

The first-ever Arvada TRYathlon was a huge success! Around 2,000 people gave more than 50 free and discounted activities a “TRY” during the two-month collaborative effort.

“We’re extremely pleased with the results,” said Justin Maillet, Apex Center Assistant Manager, who took the lead in coordinating the programs and activities at Apex Park and Recreation District. “The goal was to encourage as many people as possible to come out and have some active fun, by bringing them a wide variety of one-time activities at little or no cost.”

The TRYathlon began on January 14 and ended on March 9. Apex Park and Recreation District, the City of Arvada, the Arvada Press, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce, and Majestic View Nature Center collaborated on the program, which offered community members a chance to stretch their boundaries without stretching their wallets. In addition, the TRYathlon’s January launch may have appealed to those who had “try something new” on their list of resolutions.
Each week offered 6-10 different one-session activities. For example, during the kickoff week, free or discounted programs included adult dance, discounted admissions at the Apex Center, a watercolor class, public skate, Zumba, hiking and Cycle Burn.

Some of the TRYathlon participants came to an event and then returned to enjoy more activities. For example, Sally Collins, active Arvada resident and Community Recreation Center “regular,” got introduced to the climbing wall at the Apex Center – then came back for another session! She’s making her way up the wall in the accompanying photo.

Many thanks to all the participating agencies and the 2,000 Arvada TRYathletes! Everyone at Apex PRD hopes to see you again soon.

Sweetheart Silent Auction proceeds increase 25% over last year’s event

The third annual Apex PRD Foundation Sweetheart Silent Auction brought in nearly $10,000 to benefit quality, accessible and affordable community recreation, thanks to generous donors, auction participants and the efforts of the Apex PRD Foundation, a volunteer board of community leaders. The event took place on February 22 at Indian Tree Golf Club, featuring refreshments and a silent auction of hundreds of donated items.

Thanks to all who donated and attended, and in particular, major sponsors Arvada Beer Company, Das Meyer Fine Pastry Chalet, Forty Weight Coffee, Heronema Homes, Indian Tree Golf Club Restaurant and Silver Vines Winery. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the next two Foundation fund-raising events: the 9th annual Father’s Day 5K and Car Show on June 16, and the 33rd annual Golf Tournament on September 20! For more about the Foundation, visit

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