Garden of the Gods Race Adds Trail Run


The Garden of the Gods Ten Mile Run® has always had it all—a spectacular setting, a physically demanding course, competition in almost every age-group, excellent runner support, unique awards and great shirts. The event traditionally offers a 10 mile and a 10K. This year, a trail run has been added. The event will take place on June 13, 2021.

The races run through the incredible Garden of the Gods Park, which lies between Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs. The course elevation ranges from 6,210′ up to 6,530′ and back down and up and down and over and around all over again. The race winds its way through the heart of the Garden’s most amazing rock formations. Indeed, the formations are so amazing they bring visitors from around the world!

Clear, dry weather is the norm with temperatures at the start usually is in the low 60’s. Once in the Garden, the temperature can quickly rise into the 70’s and low 80’s due to the large rock formations and lack of shade. There are eight aid stations on the course so you can get water and/or Gatorade at almost every mile.

The race is run under a special use permit from the Parks and Recreation Department which means the park is closed to vehicles and cyclists so you can enjoy the magnificent surroundings without concerns for your safety! Please train and plan to complete the race under the 2h30m cut-off. After 9:30am any runners remaining on the course will be “on their own.”

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