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We are so stoked to once again get to invite you all to come run with us at Staunton State Park, off of Highway 285 near Conifer, on October 16, 2021. We are even more stoked to be able to - finally - add an ultra to our event offerings, a 50K this year, in addition to our 25K race. Whichever distance you choose, rest assured you will be running on some of CO's best trails - lovely, flowing, and runnable singletrack - with some decent vert thrown in to keep you honest.
Race Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Start Time: Racers in the 50K will start at 7:30 am, with the 25K runners taking off at 8 am. Both races start from the Mason Creek parking lot.
We are a bottle-free event, so please bring your own bottles. We'll have both water and hydration drink at our several aid stations, so you can fill up along the way.
Volunteers at the aid station can assist you as needed on the hydration front, and ensure you get the other food you need.
There are course maps for each distance on this website, along with a written description of the course, so do check them out. You can also download the Staunton Trail Map here: https://cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/Staunton/Documents/StauntonTrailsMap.pdf
Aid Stations. We'll have 3, a couple of which you'll hit 2X: One at the intersection of Marmot Passage, Borderline and Staunton Ranch Trails, one at the Elk Falls Pond and one at the intersection of Staunton Ranch and Scout Line Trails.
Race Entry: 25K: $70, 50K: $110 (there is also early bird pricing, so sign up early and save some green!)
Like last year, this year's events are both crazy fun and challenging trail races, and a major part of our effort to raise awareness and funds to preserve and protect our precious public lands. We value these special outdoor places and believe strongly that as outdoor athletes we have an obligation to ensure their protection. We encourage each of our runners to become fundraisers themselves and we have a special award for the runner who has raised the most $ by race day. Runners have the ability to raise funds themselves for Conservation CO and/or Protect Our Winters.
A note about distances: We are using the distances laid out by the park, but you should know that we've done each of these routes multiple times, using a variety of standard measuring tools and apps (Suunto, Apple, Strava) and we have yet to record the same distance twice! So, for the record, the stated distances are effectively 25K-ish and 50K-ish.
Here are this year's course maps, along with a map showing aid stations. Both are entirely on Staunton's lovely trails. Easy to follow. Hard to run.
The 25K Course: 25km (15.3 miles), 2264" elevation gain (and loss!)
The 50K Course
Here's the course profile for the 50K: 30-31 Miles, 4915' of vert.
Just so you have it, we've included the basic Staunton Trail Map, showing both the trails and their respective mileage.
It's worth perusing this, along with the 25 and 50K course maps, just so you can orient yourselves in the park. You can also download the pdf below.
Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.
We know you all love trail running, that's why you are here. But we also know that sometimes the "fun meter" needs a little boost. So just to keep us all smiling, we've got two fun pieces to add:
Our good friend, Anelise, aka @running_skirt, has offered to donate one of her incredible custom illustrations to the runner sporting the "best" costume. Anelise is uber talented and so, word to the wise, it's worth dressing up for a few (or a lot) hours on the trail!
Here's one example of this talented artist's work. This could be you!
We have a ton of amazing prizes from our incredible partners - everything from packs to hats to water bottles to mugs to..... Rather than just call out numbers, we'll be awarding prizes to those of you who can run and compose haiku at the same time. Unlike walking and chewing gum, which we all know makes one presidential material, composing haiku requires at least a little thought. We'll have cards and pens at Lions Head for the 50K and at the Elk Pond aid station for the 25K where you can pen your piece. What's a haiku you ask? Fair question:
"A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression."
It so fits with running and being outdoors - simple, intense and direct. Start there.
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