PHOTOS: Boulder’s Tube to Work Day lets commuters get “weird before work”

As hundreds of people — tubes in hand — gathered Wednesday morning at Eben G. Fine Park, Jeff Kagan made an announcement that, for once, had nothing to do with the cost of living in Boulder.

“Inflation is at an all-time high,” Kagan said.

Now in its 11th year, Tube to Work Day once again saw about 1,000 people jam Boulder Creek for an event that has become a summer staple in the city, a celebration of alternative transportation and Boulder wackiness.

“It’s just a party on the river,” said Kagan, who started the event with Andy Gruel in 2008.

What began as just Kagan and Gruel floating down the creek has grown every year to the point where people now come from far and wide just to participate.

Former Boulder resident Jenn Baehre now lives in Florida, but flew in Tuesday night to make sure she was back in town for her first ever Tube to Work Day — though she noted she’s on vacation.

“So it’s Tube to Tequila,” she said.

While Baehre had never tubed the creek, her husband Mike had, and convinced her to try it.

“I don’t like rocks, and I don’t like rapids, and I don’t like cold,” Baehre said. “But I can’t believe I missed three years of this. Look at this. This is very Boulder.”

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Source:: The Denver Post – Lifestyle


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