The Cheyenne Mountain Run

Sat October 10, 2020 Colorado Springs, CO 80926 US Directions
Events

5K

9:30AM MDT - 3:30PM MDT

10K

9:15AM MDT - 3:30PM MDT

25K

9:00AM MDT - 3:30PM MDT
The Cheyenne Mountain Run is Canceled

In recent weeks, the Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park (organizers of the race), have been determining if it's possible to hold the race this year.  They found out that since the race is held at a State Park, the COVID-19 capacity limits for state parks falls under the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) rules.  The CPW limit for group sizes is 25.  The Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park were hoping that an exception could be made and the race could use the capacity limits for El Paso County.  But that effort has not worked out.  Thus The Cheyenne Mountain Run is cancelled for 2020.  For those that already registered, organizers will be getting in touch with you regarding your registration.

Thank you for your support.

Description

The Cheyenne Mountain Run on October 10, 2020 will feature three trail races, a 25K to the top of Cheyenne Mountain for the more advanced trail runner, a 10K for experienced runners and a 5K trail run/walk for all to enjoy.

The Cheyenne Mountain Run 25K will start at 9:00 at the Limekiln Trailhead at an elevation of 6,000 feet and follows the Talon and North Talon Trails to the start of the Dixon Trail. Runners will follow the Dixon Tail to the top meadow and will turn left and continue to the top of the Dixon Trail. At that point the course continues on the Top of the Mountain Trail and runners will reach an elevation of about 9,350 feet and complete a clockwise loop that returns to the lower junction of the Dixon Trail and the Top of the Mountain Trail.  Runners will continue down the Dixon Trail and return to the Limekiln Trailhead finish line on North Talon and Talon Trails. Total elevation gain and loss will be about 3,350 feet over the 25K distance. Because this is a mostly an out and back course and the Dixon Trail is mostly single track, hiking poles will not be allowed. 

Due to the safety of both runners and volunteers we will have a CUT OFF TIME of 10:45 AM at the Dixon saddle on the way up. This is at the 2.5 mile mark on the Dixon Trail and about 5.8 mile miles from the start. This point is where the trail increases in steepness and elevation gain. Our top of the mountain split time will be recorded at the top of the Dixon Trail and we will have an aid station there also. The top of Dixon split timing station and aid station will close at 1:00 PM.

In addition to the water stop at the top of the Dixon Trail there will be water stops at the Talon/Sundance and Talon/North Talon junctures and one just up the lower section of the Dixon Trail. From the lower Dixon Trail water stop to the top of the Dixon Trail aid station runners will need to carry their own hydration and be prepared for weather changes. We will have course marshals and communication methods but there won’t be a way off the top other than coming back down the race course to the Limekiln Trailhead. The finish line timing station will close at 3:30 PM.

The Cheyenne Mountain Run 10K will start at 9:15 AM at the Limekiln trailhead. The course goes out Talon Trail to South Talon Trail and does a counterclockwise loop on South Talon. The course returns on Talon Trail to the first junction with Sundance Trail and returns to the trailhead finish. This course will have aid stations at the Talon/Sundance and Talon/North Talon junctions.

The Cheyenne Mountain Run 5K will start at 9:30 AM at the Limekiln trailhead. The course goes out Talon Trail to Sundance Trail at about 1.5 miles and returns to the Limekiln Trailhead on Sundance, Turkey Trot Trail and Talon. This is a loop course with one water stop at the Talon/Sundance junction.

Pikes Peak Ascent Qualifier

The Cheyenne Mountain Run 25K is a qualifying race for the 2021 Pikes Peak Ascent.  To qualify a runner must finish the 25K within the cut off time of 2.5 times the overall male and female finish times, respectively, winner's time.

For example, if the male winner finishes the 25K in 2 hours, male finishers need to finish the 25K within 5 hours to qualify for the Pikes Peak Ascent.  If the female winner finishes the 25K in 2 hours and 30 minutes, female finishers need to finish within 6 hours and 15 minutes to qualify for the Pikes Peak Ascent.

Dixon Trail Work for The Cheyenne Mountain Run

The Cheyenne Mountain Run 25K will go to the top of Cheyenne Mountain and back.  This is possible because of great trail work by several organizations and volunteers.

All profits from The Cheyenne Mountain Run will be used to develop and maintain the trails in Cheyenne Mountain State Park.

Place
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
410 JL Ranch Heights
Colorado Springs, CO US 80926
25K Course Map
10K Course Map
5K Course Map
Race Day Registration Fees

5K - $35
10K - $55
25K - $80

Note that race day registration fees are more expensive than pre-registration fees, thus register early and save some bucks.

Awards

The awards breakout for The Cheyenne Mountain Run is as follows.

5K:
Top 3 Overall (men and women)
Top 1 Age Group (men and women)
Age Groups are: 1-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+

10K:
Top 3 Overall (men and women)
Top 1 Age Group (men and women)
Age Groups are: 1-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+

25K
Top 3 Overall (men and women)
Top 1 Age Group (men and women)
Age Groups are: 1-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

For all distances, the Top 3 Overall winners are not eligible for age group awards.

The Cheyenne Mountain Run Gift Certificates provided by Trails End Taproom

Gift Certificate Awards

The Trails End Taproom will provide Gift Certificates for The Cheyenne Mountain Run 25K, 10K & 5K races.

  • $50 - 1st Place Men’s & 1st Place Women’s
  • $25 - 2nd Place Men’s & 2nd Place Women’s
  • $10 – 3rd Place Men’s & 3rd Place Women’s
Packet Pickup

Early packet pickup is from noon - 2:30 PM on Friday, Oct 9th, at the Visitor's Center in Cheyenne Mountain State Park.  You can also pickup your packet on race morning starting at 7:30 AM.

Registration Limits

The 25K course has a limit of 400 registrations.  The limit is due to the two-way traffic on the narrow and steep sections of the Dixon trail.  There is no limit on the 5K or 10K courses.

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://friendsofcmsp.org/?page_id=957.

Race Contact Info
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at
Dixon Level
Talon Level
Sundance Level
In-Kind Sponsors
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