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Running Up For Air (aka RUFA) is an endurance mountain challenge that was originally created in Utah to raise money in support of the fight for improved air quality for those who live along the Wasatch Front in Utah.
Running Up For Air Colorado is the Colorado edition of Utah's RUFA, an endurance running event to raise awareness and money in support of the fight for improved air quality for all of us who live along the front range of Colorado, encompassing everything from Colorado Springs to Ft. Collins, and, like Salt Lake, subject to unsightly and unhealthy winter air..
RUFA-CO, March 9 2019, involves running up and down a mountain outside of Denver for 3, 6 or 12 hours. Here, too, runners are asked to get pledges for Protect Our Winters (POW), a 501(c)3 non-profit that works tirelessly to reduce the negative impacts of climate change - improving our air quality and preserving and protecting our public lands.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?
RUFA-CO takes place on a parcel of protected private land near Evergreen, CO, with spectacular views of both Mt. Evans to the west and the city of Denver to the east from the high point, Granite Peak at 8400'. The course - a combination of rugged single track and forest road - winds through pine and aspen forest. Runners will do as many loops as possible in their allotted time.
Cup Free Event
In the spirit of what this event is all about, we are doing everything we can to ensure that we minimize our - and your - footprint. To that end, we will not be offering cups for runners at the start or the aid station at the peak. Of course, there will be hydration beverages available, but all runners will need to provide their own bottles. Likewise, while we will have coffee available at the base tent, please bring your own reusable cup. Thanks for helping us ensure that we are all doing our part.
There is severely limited parking at the race site and we are always conscious of the environmental impact, especially since we are running up for cleaner air, of all kinds of cars, so we ask that all runners please carpool. No one should come with just a single runner in their car.
The simplest solution is to meet up at the Park n Ride on US 285 just 0.7 miles past the Indian Hills exit. It is just 5 miles from the race site and an easy spot to meet up with other runners. We suggest that single runners swing by the Park n Ride and see if others are there and you can partner up. Runners can meet up there and travel together to the race. Please.
We will be offering a shuttle service from Marshdale Elementary School, just 5 minutes to the race. We’ll have cars going to the school at 10-15-minute intervals, starting at 6:00 am on Race Day. If you are stuck driving on your own, park at the school and our shuttle drivers will fetch you!