7:00 AM - 8:00 AM - Day of packet pickup and registration
7:30 AM - Half Marathon Trail Run Begins
8:00 AM - 8 Mile Trail Run Begins
8:30 AM - 5K Run begins
10:00 AM toddler trot/kids race
10:15 AM awards ceremony
Join us for an extraordinary day of running on October 7th, 2023. We will host our annual 5K, an 8-mile trail run, and an inaugural half-marathon trail run. After great remarks and the high success of our 2022 8-mile trail race, we have decided to convert our half-marathon into a trail race as well, utilizing all of the amazing trails and views that surround the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park. All three races offer the unique experience of running over the famed Royal Gorge Bridge, America’s highest suspension bridge. It is truly an exhilarating experience!
5K Run – Our 5K course runs throughout the foothills just north of the Royal Gorge Bridge. The scenery is magnificent throughout. It is common to see registered runners stop to take photos during the races. The courses offer a good challenge with some a few hills. But not to worry, both races end on a thrilling downhill run towards the Royal Gorge Bridge. Runners will then make their way across the Royal Gorge Bridge toward the finish line. An epic undertaking!
8-Mile Trail Run - In 2022 we hosted an inaugural 8-ish Mile Trail Run and it was a hit! We are thrilled that you are thinking about taking this journey with us… For this race, runners will take off from the same start as the 5K (main parking lot). Runners will run about .5 miles before reaching the trail, Twisted Cistern. Trail runners will travel 1.6 miles on Twisted Cistern, then make their way onto Made in the Shade for a 3.1-mile loop. After the loop, runners make their way up Twisted Cistern and towards the Royal Gorge Bridge where they will run across to the finish. This race will be capped at 200 runners.
Half Marathon Trail Run - We have created a new half-marathon course. This year our half-marathon will be a trail run! With stunning views and spectacular scenery, we hope that you will join us for one of the most beautiful half-marathons in Colorado. The final course map will be released soon. With just the right amount of challenge and fun rolling hills, this is a course that you’re sure to enjoy - a half-marathoners dream, come actual run! This race will be capped at 200 runners.
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