Colorado Cold Rush Ultra is the "coolest" winter running event! Run along historic High Drive and through the amazing tunnels of the Colorado gold rush. Although there is always a possibility of snow, the course is an exceptional route for winter running.
Saturday, December 2nd, 2023:
50K and Half Marathon
Race Day Schedule:
Saturday, December 2nd-
6:15AM: Packet Pickup Begins
7:00 AM: 50K Start
8:00 AM: Half Marathon Start
5:00PM: Course Closes
Maps, Elevation Profiles, Aid Station Charts:
50K: Elevation Gain 5,500'
-The 50k is an out-and-back course that begins at Bear Creek Regional Park. The course climbs historic High Drive before continuing on Gold Camp Road. Runners turn around where Gold Camp meets Old Stage Road. Some of the best views of Colorado Springs can be seen from this beautiful course!
-Elevation Range: 6,175' - 9,090'
Half Marathon: Elevation Gain 2,847'
The Half Marathon is an out-and-back course up and over the top of historic High Drive.
All aid stations will be well stocked with Tailwind, Muir Energy Gels, sweet and salty snacks, fruit, and soda. The Cheyenne Canon Aid Station will also be cooking bacon, quesadillas, potatoes and many other warm options!
Friday- 4:30-6:00PM at the Colorado Running Company (5262 N. Nevada Ave, #140)
Saturday- Beginning at 6:15AM at Bear Creek Regional Park under the largest pavilion.
Registration closes on November 27th, 2023. All registrations include;
Gender Specific race shirt
BOCO Winter Neck Gaiter
Personalized bib and finishers' award
Well stocked aid stations
Beautiful and easy to follow course
Register online via Ultrasignup
Bear Creek Regional Park is a beautiful Colorado Springs park at the base of the mountains! There is plenty of parking and is convenient and accessible to the start/finish line. Parking attendants and signage will direct vehicles to the north-west section of the parking lot.
Crew Accessible Aid Stations: See attached Google map for locations and directions to crew accessible aid stations.
-North Cheyenne Canon Aid Station is accessible, easy to locate, and within 10 minutes of the start/finish line.
-Gold Stage Aid Station is at the intersection of Gold Camp Road and Old Stage Road. The road, Old Stage Road, to the aid station is winding, narrow and washboarded at times. There is a high probability of snow. 4WD is highly recommended, but not required. Please use caution while on the road, especially around blind curves.
Colorado Springs Municipal Airport: Colorado Springs has the closest and most convenient airport. It takes about 20 minutes to drive from the airport to the event.
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. It takes about 90 minutes to drive from the airport to the event.
Things to See and Do
The Manitou Incline: This very popular and scenic trail climbs 2k in less than a mile. The 2,744 step trail overlooks Manitou and Colorado Springs. Due to the popularity of the incline, free reservations are required.
Barr Trail: Colorado Springs is known for America's Mountain: Pikes Peak! Barr Trail is a bucket-list adventure that climbs 7,390 feet above Colorado Springs to the summit at 14,115'.
Red Rocks Open Space: This beautiful trail systems offers some of the best views of Colorado Springs, Manitou and Garden of the Gods.
Garden of the Gods: This is one of the most beautiful places on Earth! The amazing rock formations are unique and stunning. The trail and road running is amazing but can be very busy.