Parking and post-event activities are at The Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.
8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road
Littleton, CO 80128
—–> We’ve received some questions about dogs. Dogs are allowed on the finish line and the trails at Deer Creek Canyon but NOT at the Botanic gardens (where the parking, packet pickup, shuttle and post run festival takes place).
Due to the lack of parking at the trailhead, we can only allow 15 vehicles from our race up there. We will be giving passes to the first 15 full cars to park up at the top/start line. We will also be offering a shuttle leaving at 7am, 7:30am, 8:00am and 8:30am.
**Please arrive here between 6:45am-7:15am (wave 1) and 7:30-8:15am (wave 2). We will be busing people up to the start line at Deer Creek Canyon Park from 7am-8:30am.
Race day packet pickup: 6:45am-8:30am
1. Open course: It is an open course on race day. We don’t expect a lot of foot traffic, but you may run into mountain bikers and hikers along the trail. Please follow basic trail etiquette.
2. Passing: If you wish to pass someone on single track, you must do so without contact and ideally let them know when you are passing.
3. Aid station: There will be a water/gatorade station which you will pass two times during the course which will also have a light snack, if you require more than this, please carry it! There is not vehicle access, everything that was brought in for this course was by foot! So, the aid stations are minimal, there will be a first aid kit.
4. The course: The course starts at the bottom of Deer Creek parking lot. This is for any competitive runners to have 150 yards to space themselves and get in position for the trails. After the initial sprint the course veers to the left beginning on single track up Plymouth trail. After the first 1/2 mile or so it opens up and is basically a climb for the first couple of miles. At the top of Plymouth you will veer off to a hikers only trail, Homestead, this is arguably the prettiest part of the run with lush green forest and smooth single track. After a mile on Homestead you will take a left towards Red Mesa loop. The first 1/2 mile on red mesa is deceiving as you are back at climbing. The next 2 miles are rolling single track with a couple of great meadows to run through. As you’ve almost completed the loop you will be taking a left onto Golden Eagle trail. This section is an out and back turnaround to the lookout, with a great view. Finishing up the loop you head back down towards Plymouth trail- note- this is where the sole aid station for the course is at 2 and about 8 miles. At this point you will be hauling back up good ole Plymouth trail and will this time at the top take a left followed by another quick left to a scenic loop. This is your last turnaround loop, don’t forget to take in the views at the 1/2 mile detour. Once you get back to Plymouth trail you will take a left and navigate quick switchbacks down the mountain. This trail will come out where you initially climbed for the first couple miles of the race. When you get to the intersection of Meadowlark trail you will take a left onto the bridge followed by what will be an annoying climb for 1/2 a mile. At this point you are less then a mile and a half from the finish so pick it up and finish strong. The finish line will be at the entrance of the parking lot and the trail.
5. Cut-off: Note, the cut-off time is at the 2nd aid station around mile 7 at 11am sharp!
6. Weather: Be prepared for all elements: mud, creek crossings, possibly ice patches!
POST RACE INFO:
When you finish with the race we will have basic snacks and water at the finish. We would love if you stick around and cheer for a couple racers behind you. Our shuttle will be ready to go when we have enough people to fill it 3/4 of the way.
—-> Back at Botanic we will have giveaways from our sponsors, a smorgasbord of snacks, beer and we’d love everyone to hang out and enjoy the day.
*Feel free to bring some comfy portable chairs or blankets for post race lunch and hang out.
We always need great volunteers to help with packet pickup, race day setup and on the course! Our volunteers get breakfast, snacks, a beer, a tee, a medal and a really fun time!
Shifts are Friday packet pickup at Runners Roost from 3-7:30pm (dinner provided) and on race day 6am-1pm.
If you are training for another event and looking to get a great workout we need people that can be on the course, which may require you to hike anywhere from 2-10 miles!
We still need a couple volunteers so if you have any friends/family members interested we just created an easy volunteer sign-up sheet HERE and we will be in touch soon with details.
Otherwise they can contact us with questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
That’s it folks. Expect a couple of emails from us a week or so out from race day with additional details/updates.
Pictures from the 2016 event are HERE.
More info/fun stuff on our FACEBOOK page