Glendale, Colorado is Rugbytown, USA
Gutsy and glorious
Reason number 314 that Colorado is Awesome is RugbyTown, USA (located in Glendale, Colorado, a Denver suburb)! We believe as of this writing, it’s still probably one of the lesser known treasures unique to the state. However, it is widely known around the world in the international rugby community as their games are live broadcast in over 30 countries.
As the first national women’s rugby leagues date back to 1972 in Colorado, it seems that the rugby spirit runs deep here. And that spirit is very much alive as the Glendale Raptors (women) are the 2014 and 2015 National Champions.
They practice and play at Infinity Park at Glendale. RugbyTown USA is also home to a men’s team; D1, D2 and D3 teams; and a youth rugby program for kids as young as 5 years old.
Below a look at some of the highlights from the season and the Raptors women rugby team in BEAST MODE ON!
p.s. I heart the Raptors women’s photographer/designer.
Photo Credits: Glendale Raptors Women’s Rugby
“The History of women’s rugby in the United States can be traced back to three teams that existed in 1972 – The Colorado State University Hookers at Fort Collins; the University of Colorado, at Boulder; and the University of Illinois, at Champaign. During the mid 1970’s women’s teams began to spring up on college campuses across the United States. As those players graduated they went on to set up teams near cities and urban centers. At that time there was only one division for all women’s rugby.” Source: US Women’s Rugby Foundation
Sarah Chobot, Proud Glendale Raptor and USA women’s national rugby team captain in beast mode on
The most interesting politician in the world!?
Glendale’s current Mayor, Mike Dunafon was one of the leading forces behind making Rugbytown, USA a reality when it launched in 2007. He is a former international rugby player with a rugby playing wife and son at the elite level. Perhaps that is a cool trivial thing but not so ‘interesting’ for most people.
But as the owner of a castle; a strip club; a church; and judging by the photo gallery below from his 2014 campaign website, we have to say he is very much deserving of the title ‘Most interesting politician in the world’ 🙂
Sidebar: After interviewing him personally for this story, I can say without question he is a character indeed.
Glendale, Colorado Mayor Mike Dunafon
Infinity Park at Glendale
In less than 5 years, Infinity Park had become a global destination for rugby. It was known internationally more than it was in the state of Colorado. In addition to housing the rugby stadium, Infinity Park offers a full service entertainment and sports complex. They host events year round such as family movie nights, festivals and other activities that unites the greater Glendale community with the world. Anchored by a Loewe’s hotel, they also serve host to national and international rugby events and tournaments.
Infinity Park at Glendale
What are raptors, anyway?
Raptors are birds of prey such as eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. They also have a historical significance in Colorado. In 1999, working with Colorado legislators and then Colorado Governor Bill Owens, the Raptor Education Foundation (REF) designed and issued Colorado’s first-ever motor vehicle license plates featuring an environmental/wildlife theme to bring greater awareness and literacy to REF. The work continues to date and in Colorado alone, and over one million students have participated in REF’s unique programs. Source: USAREF.org (Raptor Education Foundation)
Wondering what to do until the 2016 season kicks off?
1. Use the winter to get in the gym and workout if you want to try out for the team next year!
2. Watch videos from their 2015 matches on YouTube!
3. Pass the time at one of these fun upcoming events in Colorado until their season resumes in March 2016.
Enjoy your off-season Raptors. See you in March at the home opener.
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Denver Mart Expo Building
Downtown Estes Park
Sie Film Center
Sloan’s Lake Park
The Oriental Theater
The Denver Film Festival (November
The Denver Film Festival (November 4-15, 2015) is the largest premier film celebration in the Rocky Mountain Region. Founded in 1978, the Denver Film Festival is held annually in November, primarily at the Sie FilmCenter, in Denver, Colorado. Premiere events are also held in the Buell Theatre and Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
More than 200 films will play throughout the event. The twelve-day roster includes international screenings, red-carpet premieres and awards ceremonies—among them the prestigious Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for Best Feature Film, the Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary and the achievement-based John Cassavetes Award.
4 (Wednesday) 12:00 am – 15 (Sunday) 12:00 am PST
Sie Film Center
The ninth annual Denver Arts
The ninth annual Denver Arts Week is an eight-day celebration of all things art in the Mile High City, running from November 6-14, 2015. The program, presented by VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, features more than 300 events at a wide variety of art galleries, museums, theaters and concert halls many of which are deeply discounted
6 (Friday) 12:00 am – 14 (Saturday) 12:00 am PST
A fun, timed, mustache-themed 5k
A fun, timed, mustache-themed 5k benefiting Movember men’s charities aka running for a great cause while trying to look like Tom Selleck = WIN!
The Mustache Dache is the nation’s premier mustache-themed running series! Men, women and children are all invited to embrace their inner Mario or Luigi and participate in this slightly irreverent, timed 5-K. Taking place during the month of November, the national series helps Movember, the global men’s health charity, combat prostate and testicular cancer. All participants receive a t-shirt and mustache finisher’s medal, plus access to the Mustache Bash post-race party, with photo booth, costume contest, food trucks, and plenty more.
The Mustache Dache is a slightly irreverent, timed mustache-themed 5K with a killer post-race party to raise awareness and funds for Movember men’s health, with an emphasis on prostate cancer. Men, women, and children are all invited to participate in the race, grow a mustache (if able), and register at Movember to become Mo’ Bros and Mo’ Sistas.
Photo Credit: Mustache Dache
(Saturday) 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sloan’s Lake Park
1700 S. Sheridan Blvd.
Jillian Becker, Cooper Wynn Eventsjillian@cooperwynnevents.com
Degrees North mixes hair-raising action
Degrees North mixes hair-raising action footage of leading freeriders with a story of adventure and discovery. World-renowned freeriders Xavier De Le Rue, Samuel Anthamatten and Ralph Backstrom progress the sport of freeriding through the use new technology to scope remote areas in order to show ski and snowboard action in a way never seen before.
The plan was simple -head to remote northern territories of Svalbard and Alaska, then use a paramotor wing to access areas unreachable by helicopter. The film charts the progress of an idea to use these wings to access areas from the air in a more personal and organic way, with the aim of capturing great action footage. However the realities were not so simple.
We see the adventurous spirit of the riders pushing the idea further throughout the film. They begin with the idea of using the wings to scope lines then develop the skills to allow them to be dropped on the top of breathtaking mountains. Finally they take it to the next level by cutting out the climbing altogether and use the wings to drop directly onto the faceto ride.
Degrees North is an intimate expose of what adventure means to leading action sports athletes. We see a dangerous and untried technique coupled with the worst snow season for generations. Degrees North is an adventure story filled with high and lows. Literally!
(Monday) 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm MST
The Oriental Theater
4335 W 44th Ave, Denver, Colorado 80212
Photo Credits: Official Glendale Raptors