This single loop 50k starts in the historic mining town of Canon City, Colorado. Runners' journeys will begin along the beautiful Arkansas River and travel through the historic granite blasted tunnels along Tunnel Drive. From here, runners will begin their steep climb to the highest point of the course at 7,109’ feet. At the top of the climb, runners will be greeted by the expansive views of the Royal Gorge, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and America’s mountain; Pikes Peak! After many miles of rolling pristine singletrack and incredible views within the Royal Gorge Mountain Park, 50K runners will cross the highest bridge in the United States before making their final descent through Temple Canyon. With only 3,500’ feet of elevation gain, this race will certainly have you feeling your fastest! Join us for this inspiring, late season 50k/35k in “The Climate Capital of Colorado!!”
50K / 35K
Saturday, November 4th, 2023
Race Day Schedule:
Saturday, November 4th-
6:30 AM: Packet Pickup Begins
7:30 AM: 50K Start
8:00 AM: 35K Start
8:30 AM: Heavy Half Marathon Start
5:00 PM: Course Closes
Maps, Elevation Profiles, Aid Station Charts:
50k: Elevation Gain: 3,400' ft
35K: Elevation Gain: 2,400' ft
All aid stations will be well stocked with Tailwind, Muir Energy Gels, sweet and salty snacks, fruit, homemade pumpkin bread and soda. The cooking aid stations will be serving bacon, quesadillas, potatoes and pierogis!
Friday, November 3rd, 2023
4:00 PM- 6:00 PM
Location: Canon City Brews and Bikes
Saturday- Beginning at 6:30 AM at Centennial Park
Registration closes on November 3rd, 2022. All registrations include;
Gender Specific race shirt
BOCO Trucker Hat
Personalized bib and finishers' award
Well stocked aid stations
Beautiful and easy to follow course
Register online via Ultrasignup
Crew and Pacing:
Pacing is prohibited. Crewing is available crew accessible aid stations only. Reference the Google Map for aid station locations and parking instructions. All aid stations are accessible by 2WD vehicles.
-For crew wanting to aid their runner at Temple and Hard Times aid stations, please use Highway 50 to access both locations. DO NOT DRIVE on Temple Canon Rd when traveling from Temple to Hard Times aid station to avoid dusting-out runners as they travel along this road. From Temple to Hard Times aid station along Highway 50 is approximately a 45 minute drive.
Start/Finish Line Parking:
Parking is available in the many Centennial Park parking lots (blue squares). Additional parking is also available on the north side of the Arkansas River and in the neighboring communities. Blue arrows indicate direction of parking.
Travel and Lodging:
-Colorado Springs Municipal Airport: Colorado Springs has the closest and most convenient airport.
-Denver International Airport: The Denver airport is not as close as the Colorado Springs airport, but will usually offer better flight options and be less expensive.
-Royal Gorge Park East Ridge Campground is a beautiful primitive campground within walking distance of the Gorge Aid Station. The nightly fee is $20 and on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Things to See and Do
-Oil Wells Flat: This spectacular system of trails is to the north of Canon City. Island in the Sky trail runs along a 200' rim overlooking the Sangre De Cristo Mountains and Canon City! There are many varying loops and levels of difficulty for a pre or post race shakeout!
-Canon City Brews and Bikes is the place to be for a delicious local beer!