Race day schedule
7:00am Park gates open.
7:45am Packet pick up and race day registration begins.
8:50am 5km & double reg and pick up ends
9:00am 5km race starts.
9:30am 14.2km reg and pick up ends
9:45am 14.2km race starts
10:00am (approx) 5km awards
12:00 (approx) 15km awards
Course updates: 2016 races will be back on trails. The park has changed the trails, so the new courses will be somewhat new, and a lot of the same: fun, rolling flats, short & steep hills. Maps and decriptions will be updated later..
Baby Bear (Ursa Minor): The 5km has ~300' of climbing, and will cover the eastern, hillier section of the big loop.
The 5km will have one aid station at ~1.2mi.
No late starts!
Momma/Poppa Bear (Ursa Major): The 14.2km 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.
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.
14.2km: 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 marked with arrows at all trail junctions. However, I do encourage you to review the maps in advance, and even bring a copy with you for 2016.
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. Continue straight, 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.
14.5km 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.
Create your own map/directions and/or follow the directions below.
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.
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. There will be no race officials to help with parking for 2016.
Inside the park, you will need to pay the park entrance fee, $10/vehicle. The gate to Coyote Crossing (the start/finish) will be locked. Instead, park at the Whitetail lot, where they do boat inspections, or the dirt lot just across from the service road to Coyote Crossing. Please stay out of the paved Fsherman's lot.
There is very limited (6 or 7 vehicles) free parking (FP) along Morrison Rd, about 1/2mi from the start. You can also park for free just outside of Morrison, about 1.75mi from the start, and carpool, bike, or run in.
Carpool: Please carpool to save money, gas and carbon. Post messages to the groups:
DenverTrail Runners on Yahoo or Facebook
BoulderTrailRunners on Yahoo
Incline Club message board - Colo Springs area.
You can also bike there via the Bear Creek path.