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As Kirsti Free­land and Andi Jobe crossed Canyon Boule­vard in down­town Boul­der on Fri­day morn­ing, a driver stopped at the cross­walk leaned out his win­dow to ask why the two were decked out in wet­suits and car­ry­ing in­ner tubes.

“We tubed to work,” they shouted at the driver, who looked at the women with a mix­ture of dis­be­lief and be­muse­ment.

“I can see how some peo­ple in other places might think this is weird,” said Free­land, in what might have been the un­der­state­ment of the day. “But this is nor­mal for me. This is nor­mal for Boul­der. That’s why we live here.”

“It’s the Boul­der way,” Jobe said. “That’s what I love about this.”

About 1,000 tu­bers joined Free­land and Jobe on Boul­der Creek as Tube to Work Day cel­e­brated its 10th year Fri­day morn­ing with by far the largest com­mute in the event’s his­tory.

When Jeff Ka­gan and Andy Gruel took to Boul­der Creek in 2008 for the in­au­gu­ral Tube to Work Day, it was just the two of them. In 2017, so many peo­ple showed up that tu­bers had to wait in line and flash wrist­bands, as if Boul­der Creek was the area’s new­est amuse­ment park ride.

“So many smiles,” Ka­gan said. “It felt re­ally good to be part of the crit­i­cal mass on the creek.” — Mitchell Byars, Boul­der Daily Cam­era

Charles Garabe­dian, left, and his wife, Laura Zaun­brecher, on the uni­corn, han­dle the rocks in Boul­der Creek dur­ing the 10th an­nual Tube to Work Day in Boul­der on Fri­day.

This com­muter brought his lap­top along to ride the waves of Boul­der Creek. About 1,000 tu­bers took part.

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