Trail runners- Colorado is calling your name! Glenwood Springs, CO is the next host city in Colorado’s Endurance Race Series (ERS). If you've been keeping up with our coverage of the Beaver Creek and Keystone races, you know ERS is designed for trail runners of all abilities. The series' mission is to provide great competition with a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. The races so far in 2014 have been a testament to that!
What To Expect From the Course
This time, the starting line will be drawn in beautiful Glenwood Springs. Whether you choose the Half Marathon course or the 10k, expect a challenge. ERS describes the route as “Brutal but Beautiful," and rates it as a 6 on a 1-10 difficulty scale. This is a great race for beginners and intermediates looking to get to a new level.
For both courses, you'll take off from the Glenwood Rec Center - and your heartbeat will get moving quickly! At mile two, you'll head up Red Mountain (8% grade) on a closed dirt road. Use the first two miles to set your pace and, while we recommend you focus on your way up the mountain, remember to look around and enjoy the views on the way down! 10kers will only head up 1/5 of the mountain, while half marathoners go further on a zigzag path. On the descent, both groups can look forward to the last 5 miles. Running against the bright red rock cliffs of Glenwood Springs, this stretch has amazing rolling paths of dirt and gravel that will make you fall in love with Colorado. The finish line will bring you back to your friends and family at the Rec Center!
It wouldn't be race day without a post-run celebration. After the race, everyone will gather for a BBQ and beer garden - the perfect cure for tired legs. Keep in mind it’s a family-friendly environment so bring the whole gang! We promise everyone will have a good time.
As always, Wigwam will be there cheering on the runners. Stop by and find us throughout the day to learn about our latest trail running styles.