We hope you enjoy your visit to the Mile High City. Below is a summary of some social activities organized by the conference, as well as some ideas that you may want to pursue on your own (e.g., hiking, visit to Golden, Denver Botanic Gardens).
Summary of Social Program and Spouse/Partner Meet-Up Events
Tuesday morning – NAM25 5K Run – 5:45 a.m.
Meet in Hyatt hotel lobby at 5:30-5:45 a.m. for orientation and to walk to race start at 6:00; you can pick up bibs at registration or on the race morning (further race details are found below).
Tuesday evening – Colorado Rockies vs. Cleveland Indians baseball game at 6:40 p.m.
A group discount and block of seats has been obtained for the Colorado Rockies vs. Cleveland Indians baseball game on Tuesday, June 6th at 6:40 p.m. Tickets cost $31 each. The seats are in section 145 along the 3rd base line. Coors Field is located in downtown Denver and is about a 20 min (1 mile) walk from the conference. Tickets may be purchased on-site during registration.
Wednesday evening – Denver Pub/Brewery Crawl – 6:45 p.m. in Hyatt Lobby
Denver has been called the Napa Valley of beer. Come enjoy an evening checking out some of downtown Denver’s breweries and bars, where you will have the opportunity to sample some and Denver’s local products. The tour will be led by local catalysis researchers from Colorado School of Mines, who are also beer aficionados. Specific pubs/breweries on the tour TBD.
Meet-up Times in Hyatt Hotel Lobby for Unguided Events during the Conference
We are providing some specific “meet-up times” when you can meet in the conference hotel lobby with other people who might like to engage in certain activities. The concierge can help answer questions and/or arrange transportation to the event locations. *Note: There will be no formal guide/leader for these activities so it will be contingent upon interested parties to guide themselves.
Meet-up in Lobby on Monday, June 5th, 10 a.m. – Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, Denver, CO
- (3 miles, 10 minute drive/taxi from hotel)
- Enjoy one of the nation’s top 5 botanic gardens set in the heart of Denver
Meet-up in Lobby on Tuesday, June 6th, 10 a.m. – Denver City Park stroll and/or Museum of Nature and Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO
- (3 miles, 10 minute drive/taxi from hotel, 20 min bus #20)
- This museum is located in Denver’s City Park, which also houses the Denver Zoo. In addition to the museum and the zoo, Denver’s City Park offers attractions of its own – including a rose garden, a lake, a “Mile High Loop” walk among many species of trees, beautiful mountain views and walks, as well and boat/bike rentals are available in City Park. Beginning your stroll of the park “behind” the museum (on the western side) provides terrific views of downtown Denver, the Rocky Mountain, the fountain in the park’s lake – and this is the iconic “post-card view” of Denver. A restaurant is available inside the museum and does not require museum admission.
Meet-up in Lobby on Wednesday, June 7th, 10 a.m. – Trip to downtown Golden
- (~15 miles to downtown Golden, 20-30 minute drive, 1 hr bus #16L ride, or combo train/bus)
- Enjoy shopping, dining, mountain views, Coors Brewery and other microbreweries, and/or walking through Colorado School of Mines campus (more details about Golden are below)
i) NAM25 5K Run
Come represent your local catalysis club and get in your day’s exercise on Monday morning before the technical talks at the NAM25 5K Run. The 5K run will take place on Denver’s Cherry Creek trail, running through the heart of the city. The Cherry Creek Trail has a convenient access point 3-4 blocks from the conference hotel – you can enter the trail at the northeast corner of Speer Blvd and Colfax Ave.) The event is free for conference attendees and/or their guests. There may be fabulous prizes and awards for both individual categories and regional catalysis clubs based on both participation numbers and finishing times/places. Additional information will be available on Sunday at the conference registration tables and well as registration for the event and bib pickup.
5K Schedule for Monday, June 5, 2017
- 5:30-5:45 a.m. – meet in Hyatt hotel lobby for orientation, race registration/bibs and walk to start of race
- 6:00 a.m. – start of 5K race on Cherry Creek trail (near northeast corner of Speer Blvd. and Colfax Ave.)
- 6:40 a.m. – post-race snacks/awards and return to hotel to prepare for opening catalysis lecture
- Link to approximate course map: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/1460365765
- Awards to top male/female finishers in the following divisions: i) student/post-doc, ii) professionals/industry/labs, iii) professors/faculty. There will also be team awards with the “team” being the local catalysis club or “other” for international or unaffiliated attendees. Team scoring will add the finishing places of the top three finishers (regardless of sex) of the team. The low score wins. If a team/club has <3 runners, missing team members receive the # of points of the last place finisher.
The city of Golden is a short drive, or light rail trip, from Denver that puts you in a small mountain town with beautiful scenery, outdoor activities, good food, and unique shopping. The Colorado School of Mines is at the center of the town with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory only a few miles away. Paved trails along Clear Creek are easily accessible as well as several hiking trails including Chimney Gulch and North Table Mountain Park. For a low-key afternoon, stop by the Foothills Art Center. The world’s largest brewery (Coors Brewery) is located in downtown Golden offers free tours and tastings. There are also several local breweries including the Golden City Brewery and Mountain Toad, with Mountain Toad reliably having a food truck within its outdoor seating area. Coffee shops abound with the Windy Saddle and Café 13 being local favorites. The Clear Creek Trails, Foothills Art Center, restaurants, breweries, and shops are all within a short walking distance of the parking garage. To get to Golden via public transportation, take the Mall Ride Bus from the 16th Street Mall California Station (about one block east of the Convention Center on California St) to 16th Street Mall & Wynkoop St. Walk an additional block to Union Station. The light rail goes from Union station to Golden. At the Golden station you can easily call the Call-N-Ride Bus (303-519-9162) which will take you the few miles to downtown Golden.
iii) 3 Hikes within 30 minutes of Denver
Red Rocks Park: Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre offers a shorter 1.4-mile pedestrian-only hike, the Trading Post Trail, that remains relatively flat and winds through extraordinary rock formations. For those looking to add a more strenuous workout, the amphitheater is open, beautiful, and has an abundance of stairs to climb.
Mount Falcon: The Turkey Trot Trail at Mount Falcon Park is a 1.7 mile climb for hikers only. It is an out and back so plan on 3.4 miles of hiking. The beginning is relatively steep but is becomes a much more gentle incline as you progress and the view at the end is well worth the effort. There are an additional 11 miles of trails to explore but these are multi use trails popular with mountain bikers (hikers do have the right-of-way). Use the East Trailhead for access to the Turkey Trot Trail.
Chimney Gulch Trail on Lookout Mountain: Chimney Gulch Trail is a steep multi-use 2.5 mile out-and back trail (5 miles round trip) with breath taking views at every turn. This is a more challenging hike but a local favorite for good reason. Parking is roadside off of highway 6 in Golden, Colorado.
For additional hikes, we recommend checking out the Bear Creek Trail at the Lair O’Bear Park, Alderfer Three Sisters in Evergreen and Elk Meadows Trail in Evergreen. These are a little further of a drive, although still around 30 minutes from Denver, but are typically less crowded and offer longer trails.