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Beware the Bear Trail Races
Oct 29, 2017
Bear Creek Lake Park, Lakewood, CO

Come out for some late season trail racing fun. Choose from the Little Bear 5km, Big Bear 14.25km, or do the 5km + 14.25km double.
Bring your kids for a
1km or 2km

The all dirt courses are enough of a challenge to keep veteran trail runners on their toes, yet a good intro course to real trail running for novices - not too hard, not too easy,
JUST RIGHT
.
Bring your friends and family along for great spectator viewing.

2017 results
2015 results
2014 results

Course details and map
Driving Directions,  Parking & carpooling
Volunteers
Rules
Course Measurement & Markings
Weather
Registration*
 
2017 OPEN
Online1      or   Mail-in3

Dates 5km
14.25km
Double4
thru 9/30
$23
$29
$39
10/1 - 10/22
$29
$35
$45
10/23 - 10/26 $35
$40
$50
Race Day2 $40
$45
$55
1No additional online service charges.
2Cash or check only.
3Available soon.
4The 5km starts at 8:45am, the 14.25km approx 9:45.

Volunteer and race for free. Contact Runuphill Racing for info.
Back to Basics Racing
Fun courses. Affordable and straight forward pricing (no discount codes). Simple SWAG and food.* No bands, gimmicks, or other fancy extras. You think those are free? Look at how much you are paying. If you 're looking for a party, try RnR. This is just good, old fashioned, trail racing fun, the way it used to be.
 

*Registration includes swag (tbd), awards (overall, master, and 10yr age group), food, and the chance to win raffle prizes. Double entrants get two bibs, but only one SWAG item.

Add mud/weather insurance to your registration for just $4. The park will not allow us to race on the trails if they are muddy. If that happens (as in 2015), an alternate course will be used that may be all or partially paved. If the weather makes road or racing dangerous, the race may be postponed. This is unlikely. Purchase insurance to get a refund if you do not wish to race pavement, or are unable to race at a later date, if either of those happen. Otherwise, no refunds.

Race number pickup on race day only, beginning 7:45am.


An additional waiver, for the City of Lakwood, must be filled out on race day by all before picking up your race number, whether you pre-registered or are signing up on race day. Please allow extra time for check-in and parking.

Race day schedule
7:00am  Park gates open.
7:45am  Packet pick up and race day registration begins.
8:40am  5km & double reg and pick up ends
8:45am  5km race starts.
^9:25am  Kids 1km & 2km starts.
^9:35am  14.25km reg and pick up ends
^9:45am  14.25km race starts
^10:00am 5km awards
^11:45am  15km awards
^Times are approximate, based on the status of prior races. Be prepared to start early.

Course updates: The park has changed the trails, so the new courses will be somewhat different than in the past, but still a lot of the same: fun, rolling flats, short & steep hills.

Little Bear: The 5km has ~350' of climbing, covering the eastern, hillier section of the big loop.

The 5km will have one aid station at ~1.2mi.

No late starts!

Big Bear: The 14.25km has ~950' of climbing, single and double track, over a mix of moderate to steep hills and rolling/flat sections. Start with a ~1km loop around the meadow, then two ~4.15mi outer loops on the surrounding trails.

The 14.25km will have two aid stations per lap, four total, at approx. 0.60mi, 3.05mi, 4.70mi, and 6.15mi.

All Runuphill Racing courses come with a Won't-Get-Lost guarantee.*

In case of muddy trails, an alternate course will be used.
The park does not allow races on muddy trails. It may be all or partially paved, using park roads and bike paths, but will be hilly. The race will not be postponed to a later date due to muddy trails. Click for the National Weather Service forecast for the area.

Cut Offs
5km: No cut-off, but anyone not finished before the 14.25km start may be held for a minute or two ~1/3mi before the finish.


14.25km: 1:12 (that's 1 hr 12 min from the start, not 1:12pm) at the end of the first big circuit, approx 4.70mi, ~15:19/mi pace.

Rock by rock:
The course will be well marked with arrows and mile markers.

Click below for 5km course map^
Click below for 14.25km course map^
Beware the Bear 5km Beware the Bear 15km,
                                counter clockwise
Start for both distances: Start at the W end of the open field, W of the pavilion. The start will be cross-country style, spread wide. Head E towards the pavilion. Go right past the parking lot chain out do the dirt road. Go left on the dirt road, Take the dirt road down the steep hill. Just before the gates at the bottom, go left onto the single track and across the footbridge. Shortly thereafter, go left at the fork, then left again, heading back towards the W. Cross the footbridge and continue up the trail. As the trail flattens out, stay left at the fork, and continue around the N side of the pavilion.

5km: After the opening loop, at the end of the pavilion, veer left onto the single track. Follow the trail around the back stop and the S side of the meadow. At the W end of the meadow, stay straight and up a short hill. Follow the trail to the right to the footbridge. Go left across the bridge, then right on the other side.

Follow the double track path along the canal and out towards Morrison Road. Go right on the trail alongside Morrison Rd, across the culvert. On the other side of the culvert, go right, then right again downhill and back into the park. Continue down the trail along the W side of an open meadow.

Take the first left at the NW corner of the bottom of the bluff. Climb the steep hill, 15%-20%. Stay left as the trail starts to flatten out along the N edge of the bluff. There's a short, steep drop, then a fairly flat stretch. The trail veers right and drops fairly steeply into a small canyon. It curves right at the bottom of the canyon to a fast and gradual downhill double track

In ~
¼mi, take a sharp right at the next trail junction. This trail climbs ~7% for ¼mi. It flattens out below the top of the bluff. There, take a left at the 3-way junction and head downhill. Stay straight at the first trail junction, then right at the next. This will take you onto the trail you took on the opening loop, across footbridge, and back up to the pavilion. Finish at the NE corner of the pavilion.

14.25km big Loop, 2x: After the opening loop, at the end of the pavilion, veer left onto the single track. Follow the trail around the back stop and the S side of the meadow. At the W end of the meadow, take a sharp left down the short, steep, and rocky trail. Take a sharp right at the bottom up a ~7% grade. The trail curves right at the top. Continue straight to the footbridge. Go left across the bridge, then left on the other side.

Follow the double track service road as it rolls to the W. It dips in the middle, then climbs back up. Go through the gate, then take a sharp right onto a single track. Follow this flattish trail back to the E, alongside Morrison Rd. The trail splits as you come to the W side of the bluff. Veer right at the fork, and follow the fence line to the top of the bluff. The climb starts ~7%, nearly levels off, then 10%-12% for the upper half. The trail turns right at the top, through the fence line. It descends 15%+ steep and rocky at first, gradually flattening out. At the end of the single track, go left onto the wide, dirt path (merging with the 5km course).


Follow the double track N, along the irrigation canal, out to Morrison Rd. Go right on the trail along Morrison Rd, across the large culvert. Go right, through the fence line, back into the park. Stay to the right, down the trail, across the W edge of a meadow.

Take the first left at the NW corner of the bottom of the bluff, and climb the steep hill, 15%-20%. Stay straight as the trail starts to flatten out. Follow the trail along the N edge of the bluff with a short, steep drop, then a fairly flat stretch. The trail veers right and drops fairly steeply into a small canyon. It curves right at the bottom of the canyon to a fast and gradual downhill.

In ~1/4mi, take a sharp right at the next trail junction. This trail climbs ~7% for ¼mi. It flattens out below the top of the bluff. Take a left  at the 3-way junction and head downhill.
Stay straight at the first trail junction, then right at the next. This will take you onto the trail you took on the opening loop, across footbridge, and back up to the pavilion.

Repeat this loop twice. After the second loop, finish at the NE corner of the pavilion
.

Driving & Parking: Please carpool to save money, gas and carbon.

Bear Creek Lake Park is located at 15600 W. Morrison Rd, just E of the town of Morrison, Red Rocks Ampitheatre, and the Bandimere Speedway.

Create your own map/directions and/or follow the directions below.

Take hwy C470 to the Morrison exit. Go E ½ mi to the park entrance. Turn R into the park. Proceed past the toll booth - racers and volunteers don't have to pay a fee on race day. Go left at the Y, just past the toll booth. Continue another ~¾ mi to the start.

Parking: Click for parking map and directions to the start.


CarpoolPlease carpool to save money, gas and carbon. Post messages to Runuphill Racing's facebook page, or one of many other trail running related pages.


When in doubt, run uphill! ©