Assuming you had time off for the Fourth of July holiday, welcome back. (If you didn't, thanks for keeping things moving while everyone else was out).
Hopefully, you spent your time doing something you enjoy. We here at Boise Weekly certainly did. On July 1, with the help of our friends Bikes 2 Boards, we brought back Bars & Stripes, our popular annual alleycat bike race/scavenger hunt. After several years of not holding the event and the extra-long holiday weekend, we weren't sure how it would go—it exceeded our expectations. We had around 50 participants, some of whom were ardent competitors and some who just ambled through the course for fun. We met new people and saw some familiar faces. On behalf of all of us here at BW, we want to give a big thank you to Bikes 2 Boards for being our presenting sponsor and to our checkpoint hosts Amsterdam Lounge, BBQ4 Life, The Handlebar, The Lift, Neurolux, The Ram, Spacebar, Sud's Tavern and The Tailgate, as well as our finish-line host and neighbor, Boise Brewing.
We also want to thank all of the staff and friends of BW who volunteered their time manning posts, setting up and helping out in every way.
Last but oh-so-not least, we want to thank all of the race participants. Your enthusiasm, energy and attitude were a big part of why 2017 Bars & Stripes was so much fun.
And, now, for the winners. First place goes to Francisco Alvarez, who received a $1,000 certificate to Bikes 2 Boards; in second place was Brandon Whallon, who gets passes to the Huckleberry Jam music festival and a Cactus Pete's Getaway Package; and in third place was Christian McKenna, who got to choose between Huckleberry Jam passses and the Cactus Pete's package. Well done, you maniacs.
We also want to thank Chris Scuglia and Patrick Sweeney, our OG alleycat organizers, for their expertise and assistance—extra thanks to Patrick for getting great photos, too.
We're already planning for Bars & Stripes 2018, which will likely happen on Saturday, July 7, so consider this your "save the (probably) date."