Outdoor group ActiveBoulder being revived

BOULDER – Outdoor industry leaders in the region are reviving the industry trade group ActiveBoulder.

ActiveBoulder was formed in 2005, but has not been active since previous August 2012 when leader Leslie Bohm died of brain cancer.

ActiveBoulder wants to create a group similar to Naturally Boulder, according to a press statement. Naturally Boulder is an industry trade group in Boulder sponsored mainly by key natural food companies in Boulder County.

ActiveBoulder also is supporting the Boulder Outdoor Executive Series -talks from key outdoor industry executives – in conjunction with the Boulder Chamber and the Leeds Outdoor Industry Club, a club made up of students at CU-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

John Sanchez, president of Zeal Optics Inc. in Boulder, spoke at the Boulder Chamber, Thursday, Oct. 24, to start the speaker series. The independently run company sells sunglasses and ski goggles. It is owned by Maui Jim Inc. in Peoria, Illinois.

Other area companies involved in ActiveBoulder include Boulder-based Skirt Sports Inc.; Spyder Active Sports Inc., which is owned by Authentic Brands Group LLC in New York; Sea to Summit Inc. in Boulder; Eldora Mountain Resort in Nederland; Leisure Trends, an NPD Group Company, in Boulder; and others.

Advisers include representatives from the Outdoor Industry Association, which is based in Boulder; the Boulder Chamber; and the city of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks department.

ActiveBoulder will host an event on Saturday, Oct. 26, to help restore area trails damaged by flooding in September.

The group is calling for volunteers from area outdoor industry companies to be involved in the daytime event. It’s being held in partnership with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, a nonprofit group with offices in Boulder and Fort Collins. ActiveBoulder will hold a separate private fundraiser the evening of Saturday, Oct. 26.

To register for trail volunteer crew leader training, go to https://wlrv.net/index.php?section=events&action=list&type=trainings#event1293.

For general volunteer inquires, send an email to info@activeboulder.org.

ActiveBoulder also is soliciting donations for trail repair. The group is asking that people interested in donating can send money to The Fund to Restore Colorado Trails, Waterways, and Parks in care of the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado nonprofit group in Denver. Donations can be made in care of Ann Baker Easley, executive director, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, 600 S. Marion Parkway, Denver, CO. 80209.

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