What You Missed Around Denver While You Were Away Welcome back to the Mile High City! Here’s a quick recap of what you might have missed while jet-setting… Denver, Colorado August 5 – 11, 2016
DIA Plane Pull Event
This past Saturday hundreds visited the Denver International Airport to participate in a Plane Pull event to benefit Special Olympics Colorado. The annual Plane Pull event has teams competing to pull a 164,000-pound plane 12 feet. The event on Saturday helped raise $250,000 to benefit the Special Olympics Colorado. Watch teams pull the Boeing 757 here.
Surfing Comes to Denver
Denver, Colorado offers a lot to the outdoor enthusiast, and now surfing is one of them. Starting August 25th, you can surf a ½ mile stretch that features six waves along the South Platte River. The waves and water park located in Englewood, Colorado are free to the public. Learn more about the new surf water park here.
The Return of Mile High
The infamous Mile High stadium that was once home to the Denver Broncos is back! Sure, it might be a mini replica, but rest assured, it does fit real people. The Mile High stadium replica includes 176 of the original seats from the stadium that was home to the Denver Broncos for over 40 years, and can host up to 300 people. The mini Mile High stadium is set to open on Saturday, and you can see images of the replica here.
Missy Franklin’s Homecoming
Olympic swimmer and Colorado native Missy Franklin returned to her home state on August 17th after competing in the Summer Olympic games in Rio, Brazil. Missy Franklin did not have the best performance at this year’s Summer Olympics, but that didn’t stop her fans, neighbors, and friends from giving her a warm welcome home. The Olympic swimmer returned to a lawn full of handwritten notes on pink hearts. See Missy’s reaction here.
CU Track Athlete Wins Bronze
Colorado native, Emma Coburn made history this past Monday at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil. Emma Coburn was a former University of Colorado at Boulder track athlete and is the first American to win a medal since 1984 in the steeplechase, a 3,000-meter event. Coburn is the first American female to medal in this event and just missed the silver medal by 0.51 of a second, with a final time of 9 minutes, 7.63 seconds. See her parade the American flag around the track here.