Following last week’s break for the Fourth of July, the Summit Trail Running Series resumes Wednesday, July 9, with the Baker’s Tank 4K and 7K courses.
“This race is typically our biggest for out-of-town racers,” said event organizer Brian Schaefer of the Breckenridge Recreation Department. “I think the draw for this course is you get a pretty good view and there’s a lot of history to it.”
Wednesday’s race will be the third in the six-race series. Day-of registration will be available in the Stephen C. West Ice Arena parking lot prior to the run. The race is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at the Baker’s Tank Trailhead. Runners are asked to arrive early and park at the ice arena in order to catch a shuttle to the trailhead. The last bus will leave the parking lot at 5:40 p.m. There will be no parking or registration at the trailhead.
Both the short and long courses will start on Boreas Pass Road at the Baker’s Tank Trailhead. Runners will run up Boreas Pass Road and return on portions of Baker’s Tank Trail.
“Technical-wise it’s probably one of the easier courses in the series,” local runner Liam Meirow told the Daily. “You’re running a lot faster than you would in the woods. Once you get into the woods the fun starts because it’s downhill and technical.”
Unlike other courses in the series, this run is half dirt road and half trail. It also includes a steady climb followed by a steady descent, where other courses in the series are more varied in terms of gains and descents and are mostly on trail. Runners will be treated to big vistas from Boreas Pass Road — formerly a storied rail line from Breckenridge’s mining days. With the entire course above 10,000 feet, the Baker’s Tank run is the highest in the series, Schaefer said. The series’ final run at Carter Park will include the most overall elevation gain.
Schaefer described Wednesday night’s race as the last of the “easier” runs. The final three races in the series will include longer course options.
Now in its 13th year, the series continues to grow, notably among younger, middle-school-aged runners, Schaefer said.
“We’ve had a lot more runners this year,” he said. “A lot more youth.”
Day-of registration is $25 for runners 19 and over, $5 for ages 18 and under. Day-of registrants must pay with cash or check.
More information is available at www.townofbreckenridge.com