Revived trail running series starts Thursday
BRECKENRIDGE – After a year-long hiatus, organizers of the Summit Trail Running series feel that runners are raring to put down some racing strides.
The 2003 running series kicks off at 5:45 p.m. Thursday on the Baker’s Tank Trail in Breckenridge.
“We’re shooting for about 50 people,” said Jerry Stafford, who, along with Rich Cook and Virgil Best, pioneered the trail running series two years ago. “About 35 turned out for this race before. So, (with) interest generated by anticipation from last year, when it wasn’t happening, we’re hoping for some new runners. We had some pretty intimidating course lengths before, and that’s why we added the 5-(kilometer) course.”
There will be a 5K and a 10K course for Thursday’s race, and trail runners of all ages and abilities are encouraged to register. Race organizers are still trying to decide whether they should begin the courses at the Boreas Pass Road trailhead to go up the singletrack switchbacks and descend on the road, or go up the road and descend on the switchbacks. Both courses will be loops on dirt road and singletrack with segments of uphill, downhill and flats. The 10K will take runners all the way to Baker’s Tank before making its way back to the finish line, and the 5K will loop back sooner on the road or down the switchbacks.
“I love the course,” said Diane McBride, recreation coordinator at the Breckenridge Recreation Center, which is organizing the trail running series this year. “I’m psyched about it. I hope it goes well and people are ready to shift gears into trail running. It’s been a later summer for it this year. Last summer, people were out in April running on the trails.”
Racers are asked to tread lightly as there are still a few wet sections on the trail. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in both the 5K and 10K races.
Members of the Summit County Trail Running Group will be on hand at Thursday’s race. The group has drawn several new members this year with regular weekly runs.
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