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Localworks Update

By Ginny Schwartzer

Even before I lived in Wheat Ridge, I began coming to various events hosted through Localworks. In fact, the weekly Run Club was actually the reason I learned of the community.

I had moved to Southwest Denver for what was supposed to be a temporary six-month work project. Six months turned into 11, and I began looking to learn more about what this area had to offer. In Raleigh, N.C., where I had lived for the previous decade, I had been a part of a large run club. While searching for options in the Denver area, I came across the local Wheat Ridge club.

I went a few times over the summer and learned more about the community and its residents. It was refreshing to see how much the residents loved their community and were invested in making it a great place to live. I even met my Realtor at run club, and three years after I first came to a meeting, I became a resident.

Fast forward to present day, I am now part of the Localworks Active Committee helping to plan fun fitness activities for my community. And guess what? I organize the run/walk club now. My hope is to pay back some of the warm welcome I received. Every Tuesday night June through August, meet us at Right Coast Pizza for Run/Walk Club. This activity is great for all fitness levels. There is a one-, a two-, and a three-mile loop from which to choose. Stop by Right Coast after your walk or run for a $5 pizza and beer special.

This summer Localworks is also offering other opportunities for people to exercise while connecting with neighbors and meeting new businesses. In partnership with the Active Transportation Advisory Team (the ATATs), Localworks will host Cruiser Rides. These monthly rides will take place on one Thursday evening May through September. Together we’ll ride to a local restaurant or brewery for drinks and snacks.

Finally, every other Saturday June through August, Localworks will host Fitness in the Park. This is a free fitness class offered by a variety of local businesses. There will be many different types of activities throughout the summer, including yoga, martial arts, boot camps and more. Check out the event calendar on as more details become available.

I hope you are as excited as I am to stay active this summer. If you want to get more involved and share your love of fitness with your community, please consider joining the Localworks Active Committee. This committee plans all of these great fitness events, and we’d love your input. Email Jenny Snell at for more information. See you outside this summer!

Ginny Schwartzer is a resident of Wheat Ridge and owner of an emergency management consulting firm.