Ah, the morning commute. Whether you get to work via car, bike, bus, or any other form of transportation, many of us have a love/hate relationship with it. Depending on traffic and the weather, it can be a long and laborious slog. On other days, it can be a quiet and peaceful few moments of alone time before starting the workday. This Friday, July 15th, however, a couple of clever Boulderites will show us how commuting to work can actually be exhilarating and proactively fun with one of the most quintessentially Boulder events around.
Tube to Work Day is celebrating its ninth annual event this year with local commuters dropping into Boulder Creek at Eben G. Fine Park on Canyon Drive in their tubes and business finest to rollick their way to work.
“Both tubing the creek and alternative methods of commuting, such as Bike to Work Day, are iconic Boulder summer activities,” says Jeff Kagan, co-founder of Tube to Work Day, “so it makes perfect sense to combine the two.”
Just as one would expect a uniquely Boulder event to be created, Kagan and a friend first hatched up the idea for “Colorado’s only aquatic commute” over a meal at Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery. Both with jobs at offices along the creek and avid tubers, the pair made it an annual tradition and, after four years, other locals began to catch on. What was once a two-person tradition has exploded in recent years with over 200 sustainability-minded, fun-loving participants in 2015.
The morning of July 15th will feature bands of costumed and raucous commuters rolling through Boulder Creek’s rapids and barreling towards their places of work. As Kagan explains, it’s the colorful Boulder community that truly brings this event to life.
“There’s enough wacky, employable, eco-minded folks in our city to make this event happen,” says Kagan. From the ceremonial address at the time of tube launch to the coffee stations provided by event sponsor LogRhythm near Broadway, the event is full of morning fun and laughter and has become a Boulder tradition.
Drop in for tubing participants at Eben G. Fine Park is at 8:00 A.M. on Friday, July 15th, and tubers are free to hop out of the water wherever they need to along the way in order to reach their office. The event is “bring your own tube” and a helmet and close-toed shoes are mandatory in order to participate. Wetsuits are strongly recommended, but it’s advised to wear them under your work clothes to be sure you’re fully immersed in the theme of the event, as one of Kagan’s favorite aspects of it is “the glory of walking into the office in a dripping wet business suit!”
Whether you choose to participate yourself or just want to cheer on your local comrades, keep an eye on the creek this Friday morning so you don’t miss this creative and hugely fun event. And, if you work along the creek and have a colleague who shows up on Friday morning soaking wet, clink coffee mugs with them and give them a high five for participating in such a unique, eco-friendly Boulder pastime.