Colorado Running Festival
July 12–13; Copper Mountain, Colo.
In just its second year, this high-altitude running fest, formerly known as the Copper Mountain Half Marathon, is just coming into its own. The event is one stop on the nine-part Endurance Race Series Colorado. Staged at beautiful Copper Mountain Resort, 75 miles west of Denver, the alpine adventure features runs and fun for the whole family. The current lineup includes a dirt-road and trail half marathon, 10K, 5K, duathlon, twilight 10K and two kids half-mile dashes. A pasta lunch, live music, family movie night, and a sports and health expo round out a weekend packed with action.
July 19; Colorado Springs, Colo.
The 17th running of this Colorado Springs 10K is indeed a classic. The speedy, mostly downhill course draws elite runners from all over the state and beyond. “It’s also popular with everyday runners, as they try to set their personal best for a 10K—bragging rights!” says race director Carol O’Donnell. The point-to-point race follows the relatively wide Pikes Peak Greenway Trail, winding along Monument Creek and finishing in the beautiful, shaded North Monument Valley Park. The event is part of the six-race Colorado Springs Grand Prix of Running long series.
July 26; Denver
Part of the national “urban hybrid adventure” series, the longest running of its kind, the Denver stop offers up city mystery—with a view. Teams of three to six racers can choose their own adventure—a half course (three teammates) for 10 to 15 miles or the full oyster (up to six team members) for 20 to 30 miles around town. The half typically requires up to 3 hours to complete; the full, up to 6. Racers move on foot and bike as they combine athletic ability with sheer strategy to crack clues leading to the next location. Stellar stunt performances and technology prowess also come in handy for the event’s top teams.