You’ve got to try these 6 August races in Summit County
Somehow, August is nearly here, which means the end of summer is already in sight for Summit County.
But it’s not here yet. Don’t miss the opportunity to compete in six of Summit County’s best outdoor events before winter arrives, from fondo-style cycling to long-distance trail running.
Hunky Dory Half Marathon — Aug. 6, Breck
When our ski mountains aren’t covered in snow, they become trails for bikers and hikers alike. Breckenridge’s Hunky Dory Half Marathon turns six years old this year and is open to 200 participants.
This 13.1-mile run takes off at 7:30 a.m. near the intersection of Wellington and Reiling roads in the Vista Point Park. Runners follow trails north of town, all of which are well-packed hiking trails above 10,000 feet. Great views are guaranteed during this trek through Colorado ski country.
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If long-distance trail running is your thing, this might be the race for you. Just make sure to register before noon on Aug. 5!
Cost: $65 for pre-registration, $70 for same-day registration
More information: http://www.townofbreckenridge.com or (970) 453-1734
Rocky Mountain Triathlon — Aug. 7, Silverthorne
The Rocky Mountain Triathlon is as epic as it sounds: at 8,730 feet — and higher — it is the highest triathlon in the world.
Silverthorne is hosting the event for the fourth consecutive year. Each participant begins by swimming a leg on a triangular course at North Pond. Next, the competitors move to a section of road biking on Highway 9. Bikers race in a designated lane (next to regular traffic) for 6 miles heading north, and then 6 miles heading back south. The event concludes with a 3.1-mile run on the Blue River Trail, featuring road, sidewalk and gravel trail.
This event includes three time splits, access to aid stations, a race t-shirt and a post-competition beer. Registration is still available for $100 online and closes on Aug. 2 at 11:30 p.m.
Don’t think you’re ready to take on a full triathlon, but want to be a part of the event? Volunteer! Volunteers receive a free t-shirt, and, better yet, a free beer at the end of the day.
Cost: $100 for pre-registration (cost can change based on the date)
Run the Rockies Trail 10K and Marathon — Aug. 13, Frisco
Running and the Rocky Mountains go together like ice cream and cake. What’s better than running on great outdoor courses with stunning views to keep you motivated?
Frisco’s Run the Rockies series features breathtaking trail running along the Frisco Peninsula trail system. Start and finish for this event takes place at the Frisco Day Lodge. The half marathon begins at 8 a.m., followed by the trail 10K at 8:30 a.m.
Included in the registration fee is a piece of commemorative race gear and a post-race meal. There are aid stations along the way to refuel and rest, and awards are given to the top finishers in each of the seven age categories. The Frisco Nordic Center lodge hosts an after-party, where each participant gets a free beer with the included meal.
Cost: $60 late registration for half marathon; $40 late registration for 10K; $65 for half marathon same-day registration; $45 for 10K same-day registration
More information: http://www.runtherockies.com or (970) 668-9133
Vuelta a Dillon — Aug. 13, Dillon
Pining for the U.S. Pro Challenge now that it’s on hiatus? The Vuelta a Dillon is your remedy. This is a Fondo style event, which means it is a long-distance road race. Fondos originated in Italy, where the event meant everything shut down and crowds of people lined the streets with plenty of celebratory wine. And they’re catching on in the U.S.: In 2016 alone, Wikipedia lists over 60 gran fondo events from coast to coast.
Dillon’s fondo event this August takes participants along Montezuma Road, up Ute Pass and through a loop around Green Mountain Reservoir. Racers sign up for a 20, 60 or 90-mile road ride. Each participant receives time splits, an event t-shirt, a water bottle and a pint glass, along with a free lunch and two beverages of choice. Take in the beauty of Summit County while on your favorite road bike, and after the event enjoy a free concert at the Dillon Amphitheater.
Cost: $75 for the 20, 60 or 90-mile rides
More information: http://www.vueltafondo.com or (303) 522-0010
Breck Epic — Aug. 14-19, Breck
The event has the word “epic” in it for a reason. With six backcountry loops, each over 35 miles long, this event is not for the faint of heart. Each of the loops begins and ends only a mile from downtown Breckenridge, making this event very convenient to either watch or participate in.
That doesn’t mean it’s easy. Although the start and finish are in Breck, the trails take riders into neighboring Park County. This year’s trails offer plenty of steep, mountain climbing, with many adrenaline-fueled descents to follow.
The Breck Epic goes for six days, split between stages one to three and stages four to six. Registration is still open, but will close late on Aug. 9. There are four race categories: solo open men, solo open women, solo men 40-plus and solo men 50-plus. Each race entry includes a commemorative jersey, race t-shirt, race socks, three aid bags, a supply of energy foods, an awards banquet, a finisher’s award, and daily foot rubs. (After that much riding for six days in a row, a foot rub sounds like the best reward of them all.)
Cost: $899 for all six days, $549 for either of the three-day sections (Aug. 14-16 or Aug. 17-19)
More information: http://www.breckepic.com
Ed Snell Memorial Walk and Run — Aug. 20, Alma
Want to be a part of a historical running event? Now in its 36th installment, the Ed Snell Memorial Race is a charity fundraiser held in the thin air of Alma, the highest incorporated town in America.
Set to begin on Highway 9 at 9 a.m. for walkers and 10 a.m. for runners, this 10K offers beautiful scenery on a bike path that parallels Highway 9. All racers are welcome to water stations along the route, as well as post-race awards and refreshments. Proceeds from entries are used throughout the Alma community for various needs and services.
Registration ends Aug. 4.
Cost: $30 for adults, $20 for participants under 15 years of age
More Information: http://www.almafoundation.com
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