Go Play: More than 2 dozen trail, road and triathlon races hosted in Summit County, Colorado
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Summer-sweat sessions are on the rise in Summit County, with more than two dozen running and pedaling events between now and late September. Prep your gear and start training — race season is here.
“Frisco offers a variety of single-track trails that showcase the beautiful views of Dillon Reservoir, Peak One, Mount Royal and Buffalo Mountain,” said Linsey Kach, recreation programs manager for the town of Frisco. “Our trails offer a variety of terrain and are very welcoming for people new to trail running or mountain biking.” New signage on the trails makes for easier navigation this summer, Kach added.
The town kicks off its summer of recreation on Saturday, June 6, with the Run the Rockies 10K and Half Marathon. It’s a nice option for the first-time half marathoner, with an ultra-manageable course that touches single-track trails and dirt roads.
The Bacon Burner 6K follows on Saturday, June 20. It’s a 3.8-mile out-and-back run on the paved Frisco Recreational Path. There are even bacon-aid stations for savory treats along the way.
On Saturday, July 18, the Frisco Triathlon brings a new flavor to the fitness trifecta. It starts with a 3K stand-up paddleboard on Dillon Reservoir, followed by a 15K mountain bike and then a 5K trail run, both on the Frisco Peninsula. Participants can register as individuals or teams of three to compete in the triathlon.
To close out the racing season in Frisco, the Run the Rockies Trail 10K and Half Marathon will be held on Saturday, August 15.
New this summer is the The Frisco Mountain Goat Kids Trail Running Series, which consists of four trail races during the month of July, all starting at 5:45 p.m. from the Frisco Adventure Park. The distances will vary from a half-mile to three miles, and all four races are open to kids ages 13 and younger. All participants will receive a finisher medal.
“Families are encouraged to hang out and enjoy the free activities the Frisco Adventure Park has to offer,” Kach said of the new kids series, “and the evening will end with a movie that will be shown inside the Frisco Day Lodge.”
Visit the town of Frisco recreation website for more information and to register for any or all of the races.
The Children’s Hospital Courage Classic is a three-day road bike tour, beginning Saturday, July 18, and ending Monday, July 20, with a variety of high-country riding routes — all starting and finishing at Copper Mountain. The event supports Children’s Hospital patients in Colorado, along with their families. Register as a team or an individual through the Children’s Colorado Foundation website.
On Saturday, Aug. 1, Copper hosts another big cycling event with the Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle. The 78-mile loop takes riders up and over three mountain passes: Fremont Pass (elevation 11,318 feet), Tennessee Pass (elevation 10, 424 feet) and Vail Pass (elevation 10,666). The total elevation gain for the course is 5,981 feet.
The 2015 Colorado Warrior Dash will be held at Copper Mountain on Saturday, Aug. 15. It’s 3.1 mountainous miles with 12 dastardly obstacles, like mud pits and adult-sized jungle gyms.
“The Highest Tri in the World” is coming back to Dillon on Sunday, Aug. 9. The third annual Rocky Mountain Triathlon offers sprint, Olympic and relay options for participants. It’s also the only open-water swim event in Summit County.
Breck is holding over a dozen outdoor-recreation events this summer, including six running races in the Summit Trail Running Series, held on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. from June 10 to Aug. 26. Sign up for the races individually or as an entire series. The first race on June 10 is a 5K and 8K at French Gulch.
The Summit Mountain Challenge mountain-bike series is on select dates from June 3 through Sept. 6. Visit the Maverick Sports website for more information.
On Saturday, July 4, Breckenridge boasts two big events: the Firecracker 50 mountain-bike race and the Independence Day 10K trail run, both sponsored by the town and Maverick Sports.
The Breckenridge 100 Mountain Bike Challenge on Saturday, July 18, is an off-road, ultra-endurance race, climbing more than 13,719 vertical feet during the 100-mile course. There are also a 68-mile endurance race and a 32-mile cross-country race available.
Only 200 runners can enter the Hunky Dory Half Marathon, which starts at Vista Point Park in Breckenridge on Saturday, Aug. 1.
The Breck Epic Mountain Bike Stage Race runs from Sunday, Aug. 9, through Friday, Aug. 14, and features six lengthy backcountry loops, each between 35 and 50 miles long.
On Saturday, Aug. 29, the Breck Crest takes runners into the heart of the Tenmile Range. There is a 10K, a half marathon and a marathon.
Later in the season, don’t miss the Oktoberfest 5K on Saturday, Sept. 12, or the Breckenridge Road Marathon on Saturday, Sept. 19.
Get young riders (ages 2 to 5) on wheels up in Keystone this summer for the Strider Balance Bike Series. On select Sundays from June 14 through early September, the eight-race series takes place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in River Run Village. Registration opens at 9 a.m. Entry is free, helmets are required and prizes will be given to the top finishers.
On July 11 and July 12, the Big Mountain Enduro is all about the adrenaline as a part of the North American Enduro Tour. See the event website for more information.
The Hike MS Colorado event on Saturday, July 25, has three courses for just about every ability, split between 2 miles, 6 miles and 10 miles. Registration includes breakfast, lunch and a t-shirt.
When the beer starts flowing for Oktoberfest, Keystone offers a run to balance the booze on Saturday, Sept. 5 with the Das Bier Burner 5K. Prost!
“Keystone Resort welcomes a variety of outdoor enthusiasts through races and events that welcome children and adults, as well as the causal participant to the highly competitive,” said Russell Carlton, senior communications coordinator at Keystone Resort. “Little ones can cruise through River Run Village during a Strider Balance Bike Series, while elite downhill mountain bikers are vying for the top spot during Big Mountain Enduro … while the Das Bier Burner 5K can be enjoyed by an entire family.”
The fourth annual Summit Challenge Trail Run will be held at Arapaho Basin on Sunday, July 26. Join one of two divisions: summit or mid-mountain, or just come to spectate and enjoy the mid-mountain barbecue, topped off with a free concert at the race finish (You can take the lift up). Live music plays from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
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