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Welcome to the Great Trailhead Foot Race at Bear Creek Lake Park! Featuring legitimate TRAILS in the shadow of Denver's skyline, you'll love the single-track and dirt as you race 10 miles to the finish line party! Don't quite have 10 miles in ya'? This event also features a 5k distance for the up and coming trail runner. We'll also be adding a 1.25-mile youth race for 2019! Athletes part of a TEAM will have the opportunity to test their speed against other teams by joining the 5k Cardio Challenge!
All participants receive a Great Trailhead Foot Race Collector's Ball Cap, 1-Free Beer (if 21+), a finisher's hot dog, FREE pictures and entrance into the park! 10 Miler Finishers will receive a 10 Miler FINISHER Mug!
Create a group (team) of 5 or more and you'll get $5 off registration fees. This cannot be applied retroactively; you must JOIN the team during online registration. $5 discount does not apply to participants in the kid's race.
Entry fees INCLUDES the cost of entry into the park.
Got a coupon code or voucher? Those must be redeemed HERE, ONLINE in advance of race day. No discounts are given on race day. If your code or voucher isn't working properly, please EMAIL us before PAYING for your registration. Some of the existing promo codes (or volunteer vouchers) may not yet be in the system for this event, but we'll add it for you when you EMAIL Info@trailheadfootrace.com
Walk Up Registration on Race Day is $80 for 10 Miler, $60 for 5k, and $30 for the Kid's 1.25-mile race.
7 AM: Expo Open - Walk Up Registration and Late Packet Pick Up. NOTE: The gates to the park will not open until 7:00 am. No racer admittance to the park PRIOR to 7:00 am.
7:45 AM: 10 Miler Start
8:30 AM: 5k Start
9:15 AM: Beer Garden Opens
9:20 AM: Overall Awards (both distances)
9:30 AM: Kid's Race (untimed)
10:00 AM: Age Group Awards and Cardio Team Challenge Awards (10 mile, 5k and top 3 M/F kids)
10:45 AM: Finish Line and Expo Closes
11:30 AM: Beer Garden Closes
Are you a member of the fastest team? Create a team during registration. All participants from your team should click to join your team when they are registering online.
Perks - Remember, teams of 5 or more people get $5 off registration per person!
Awards - Scoring cross country style, team results are based on GUN TIME and we'll consider the best TWO times from your team. The fastest 5k team will be recognized. Teams may be co-ed or all male, all female; team awards not based on gender/age.
This is a chip-timed event (except the youth race which IS timed, but based on gun time only). Top award winners are ranked on GUN time and age group finishers are ranked on CHIP time. Your chip is attached to the back of your race bib. Please do not remove it. Wear your bib LOW ON YOUR BELLY - front and center of your body, for best results.
The top 3 male and female finishers in each distance will be recognized.
The top 3 male and female finishers in each age group will be recognized. Age Groups: 19 and Under, 20-29, 30-39. 40-49. 50-59. 60-69, 70+
The top 3 male and female YOUTH RACE finishers will be recognized.
Award winners must claim their prize in person during the race day awards ceremony. Awards will not be mailed.
ALL 10 Mile Finishers will receive a FINISHER'S MUG! You must FINISH the 10-mile race in person on race day to earn and receive the 10 Miler Finisher Mug. Mugs will not be mailed.
ALL participants will receive a Trailhead Foot Race, Collector's Baseball Cap. For 2019, you can choose from the GREY cap or WHITE cap! Your hat can be picked up at the time of bib pick up. You must pick up in-person. Swag will not be mailed.
Hat and mug color may differ from the images shown here.
Due to the nature of the single track dirt trails, we are NOT allowed to run on the trails in the event of wet weather before or during the event, as determined by the Parks Department. In the case that the trail is closed to us on Race Day, ALL racers will be moved to the 5k foot race distance which will be moved to the surface streets within the park. This is the best option for all of us so that we don't have to cancel the event completely. The expo and festivities will remain even in the event of rain! Note- there will be NO refunds or deferrals. By signing up for this event, you acknowledge and accept the wet trails policy as enforced by the Parks Department.
5k course will not have an aid station.
10 mile course will have ONE aid station (that you see twice at approximately miles 3 and 7) with water, NUUN (electrolyte replacement) and GU (energy gels.) There will be cups at this aid station for water and NUUN. Shortly after the aid station you will find tables with water jugs for REFILLING your personal, handheld water bottles.
There are NO TOILETS on the course; restrooms are available at the expo/start/finish line.
Course Surface: 99% of this course is on the trails. There might be a section that you have to cross a bridge or sidewalk. The trails are packed dirt and may have roots or rocks!
Here's the tentative Youth Race Course Map. Will be ~1.25 miles and will include at least one small creek crossing!
Like all 3W Races produced events, this finish line will NOT have cups available. Please bring your own water bottle for refilling! Drinking water will be available, but NO CUPS will be present at the finish line.
We are proud to partner with Blessings in a Backpack for the Great Trailhead Foot Race! When you donate online, your money goes directly to LOCAL schools in the Denver region! Donate monetarily when you register or by clicking here.
Race Day Raffle:
Bring 5 in-kind donations for Blessings in a Backpack on Race Day and you'll be entered into the Race Day Raffle. Prizes in the raffle include free race entries to future 3W Races events, t-shirts, and gift certificates and swag from our sponsors! All winning raffle numbers are pulled DURING your run and will be posted at the registration tent before you return to the finish line, so drop off your items BEFORE you start running! Make sure to check the raffle board to see what you've won and to claim your prize at the registration tent!
Please focus on bringing the following items:
- 4 Serve Mac n Cheese
- Canned Pasta (such as Chef Boyardee)
- Canned Soup (such as Tomato or Chicken Noodle)
*Donate $100 online and get a $40 3W Races Voucher!*
Enjoy a cold one after your run! A beer garden, sponsored by Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, will open and stay open untill 30 minutes after the finish line closes.
One free beer from Crazy Mountain is included with your entry for every registered participant over the age 21. Non-participants may not partake of the beer garden (park rules).
MUST show valid photo ID at Beer Garden; no exceptions.
Date: THURSDAY, October 17, 2019
Time: 4-7 PM
Yes, you can pick up for a friend or send someone to pick up for you! All team bibs/swag will be together and must be picked up at the same time, no exceptions!
BONUS! You'll get $10 off a minimum purchase of $30 or more from Road Runner Sports. Or join the VIP Family and save 25% on everything! Don't miss out on this exclusive gift for race participants only when you join the Packet Pickup Party! Restrictions apply. See store for details.
FAQs are answered through our parent website: http://3wraces.com/faqs.html
We're pleased to offer great flexibility with transfers! Click the links below for tutorials.
How to TRANSFER my registration to ANOTHER RUNNER. (No Fee)
How to TRANSFER my registration to ANOTHER DISTANCE. (Fee only applies if transferring to a more expensive event.)
How to TRANSFER my registration to ANOTHER EVENT DATE in the 3W Races family of events. ($15 fee)
Are DOGS allowed? No.
Are STROLLERS allowed? No.
Are HEADPHONES allowed? Yes, but we highly discourage their use.
Can someone else pick up my packet for me at packet pick up? Yes. They should have your email with bib number!
I'm registered with a team, how do I get my packet/bib? Team packets/bibs will be all together and must be picked up at the same time, no exceptions. One person from the team should pick up the group of packets.
How do I reset my RunSignUp Password? CLICK HERE.
Will the event cancel due to weather? No. Refer to the section on this page titled "WEATHER" for notes about this specific course alterations due to wet trails. In the case of extreme weather events such as white out blizzards and lightning storms, you will be notified of race day changes via text messaging, emails and notices on this website. There are no refunds due to weather related issues at the race location or your home location.
Interested in Sponsoring this amazing event? We'd love to see you out at the event meeting local racers! Visit the Sponsor web page HERE for contact information, demographics, etc!
The expo and race start/finish will be a the Pelican Lakes shelter and parking lot. To get there, enter at the main park entrance. Turn right at the first intersection, Kumpfmiller Dr. Follow Kumpfmiller Dr around for almost 2 miles until you reach Hampton Ave and turn left. Follow Hampton until you reach the large parking lot on the left! Walk the 0.2 miles down Hampton to Pelican Point.
We HIGHLY encourage people to carpool, as there is limited parking. There is absolutely NO parking allowed along the streets/roads. You make park in any lot in the park. See photo for parking lots.