10 Weeks of Racing to Hold onto That Summer Bod

Photo: courtesy Estes Epic

Photo: courtesy Estes Epic

From 5Ks to Marathons, Colorado Offers it All

By Emily Moyer

As the heat of summer winds down, and the crisp, cool autumn air nudges closer, it is the most ideal time to go for a run. The combination of perfect weather and the urge to hold onto that feeling of summer makes this the best time of year for running in solitude, or with some friends. Regardless of whether you are looking to get fit, or just want to get out and enjoy the outdoors, running a competitive race can be rewarding for just about anyone.

August 3 – Fit Foodie Run 5k/10K


Starting in Westminster City Park, this race combines exercise enthusiasts with delicious and healthy food. The Fit Foodie Run includes nutritious bites along the way, served by local restaurants to keep you fueled for this 5/10K run. Beer and wine keep the fun rolling after the running is over. Donations from this event go to support the charity, No Kid Hungry. 

August 11 – Denver Nuggets Run to the Rim 


Come meet Rocky and your Denver Nuggets Dancers at this fun 5K Run for the whole family. The race starts at the Pepsi Center, goes through the Auraria Campus and finishes with a festival. Ticket purchase includes Run to the Rim t-shirt, medal and post-race festival admission. You also receive a free upper-level ticket to one 2019-20 Denver Nuggets game.

Photo: courtesy Color Run

Photo: courtesy Color Run

August 17 – The Color Run

Commerce City

The Color Run is a celebration of color and fit, active fun combined in one place. This 5K is dubbed the “happiest 5,000 meters on the planet” and is sure to be a blast of funky fun for both adults and kids alike. Using powdered paint, participants throw the colored dust into the air and at each other to celebrate healthy living. Don’t forget to wear white so you can get colorful!

 August 24 – The All Out Runapalooza


The All Out Runapalooza is a perfect race for all experience levels. The course starts at the beautiful Apex Center in Arvada and runs along the Ralston Creek Trail. Race distances range from 1 mile, to 5K, 10K and even a half marathon. Enjoy views of the Front Range, stunning open spaces and golf course communities along the way.

Photo: courtesy Estes Epic

Photo: courtesy Estes Epic

August 31 – 2019 Estes Park Epic

Estes Park

Estes Park is known for its vast system of stunning trails to run as well as to mountain bike. Come celebrate Labor Day by submersing yourself in mountain activities. This race offers the best of both worlds, running and single- or double-track mountain biking. You don’t have to choose with this epic race, you can bike and run up to 55K, or just do one or the other. This race supports a great cause and participants are asked to donate to the Estes Park High School Mountain Bike Team to support students who enjoy exercising outdoors. 

September 7 – Summit Assault

Winter Park

This six-mile race is sure to get your heart pumping. With a 2,500-foot elevation gain, runners will race from the base of the mountain to the summit. This natural obstacle course is designed to challenge runners of all skill levels and offer stunning mountain views along the way. Early in September is a great time to run and enjoy the changing leaves among the beautiful mountain scenery.

September 14 – The Pasta Run


What better way to enjoy your favorite, carb-filled indulgence than to earn it first? At the Pasta Run you are sure to do just that, with race options for every type of runner. The races start at a mile and you can run distances up to 10K to earn your right to the all-you-can-eat pasta bar at the finish line. A commemorative bowl and participation medal are also included in your gift bag so you can prove that you earned your delicious carbohydrates.

September 21 - The Sangre de Cristos Ultras


This marathon is not for the inexperienced, but for the avid trail runner who enjoys sweeping views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains in the spectacular fall season. Camp along the trail as you run distances from 27K up to 100 miles for the ultimate fall training session. Gear up for the long winter and say goodbye to summer with this epic mountain runner’s adventure in the beautiful, small town of Westcliffe.

September 28 – The Rut Run

Estes Park

What better way to enjoy fall and have the opportunity to see some wildlife than to go for a run out in nature? The Estes Rut Run provides just that, with a slow and steady 5K. You will have the chance to run along some of Estes Park’s most scenic trails while enjoying the company of a few antlered friends. This event offers the wildlife experience you’ve been longing for, while also giving you a chance to get fit and get outdoors before the snow moves into the mountains.

October 5 – Castle Rock Trail Festival

Castle Rock

This race offers an opportunity to get fit while exploring all the new, freshly cut trails in the Castle Rock area. Experience double- and single-track trails, and distances from 5K to a half marathon, and full marathon through the scenic trails and towering buttes of Castle Rock. A family friendly obstacle course and zip line adventure at the end of the course promises activities for the whole family to enjoy.