PO Box 2107
Crested Butte, CO 81224
The trails that have made Crested Butte world renowned for mountain bikers are also a haven for trail runners. From mid-May when the snows are receding through the summer when the wildflowers are breathtaking to the fall as the aspen leaves turn golden, the trails in the area always astound with their beauty.|
The Crested Butte Mountain Runners organise a series of trail runs starting in mid May and ending in late September to take advantage of these great trails. All runners of varying abilities are welcome to join us for any run.
$25 annual membership in the Crested Butte Mountain Runners includes entry into all runs except as noted in the schedule. Non members pay $5 per run. Many runs have suitable distances for walkers and less serious runners. Refreshments are provided after each run but runners should carry their own food and drink while running if necessary. Information on all runs may be obtained from Martin Catmur at 970-349-5326 or by calling the individual run director.
2014 Schedule of trail runs|
CRESTED BUTTE MOUNTAIN RUNNERS
MAY 11, SUN. 10.00am SUN FUN RUN AT HARTMAN ROCKS
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a springtime run and a nice warmup for the upcoming Sage Burner race at Hartman Rocks, south of Gunnison. We will run approximately 6 miles on trails through rock outcroppings and sagebrush with a good climb to start then over rolling terrain. Meet at the Hartman Rocks base area off Gold Basin Road south of Gunnison. Moms run FREE!!
Director: Heidi Lovett
MAY 17, SAT. 7.00am SAGE BURNER TRAIL RUN *
25km and 50km courses at Hartman Rocks in Gunnison.
JUNE 7, SAT. NATIONAL TRAILS DAY *
Come out and help build a re-route of the Upper Upper Loop. A great opportunity to give back to the trails. Check this website for details:
JUNE 10, TUE. 6.00pm SNODGRASS TRAIL
An out and back run on the Snodgrass trail through aspen groves and with nice views of Crested Butte mountain from Washington Gulch to just short of the Gothic road. Maximum distance of 6 miles but run shorter if you prefer. Meet at the Alpineer in Crested Butte to carpool at 6pm or at the Washington Gulch trailhead at 6.20pm.
Director: Skip Berkshire 349-0290
JUNE 15, SUN. 9.00am WATERFALL CREEK
A loop run starting on the Fenceline trail parallel to Cement Creek Road and then climbing and crossing back under Double Top on the Waterfall Creek cutoff trail. Return to Cement Creek road on the Warm Springs trail. Views of Italian Mountain and a run through aspen and evergreen woods. Distance is about 9 miles all on single track trail and with a few creek crossings. Meet at the Fenceline trailhead about 6 miles up Cement Creek road.
Director: Martin Catmur 349-5326
JUNE 20, FRI. 7.30pm WALROD GULCH SOLSTICE RUN
Celebrate the summer solstice with a twilight loop run around Walrod Gulch. Starting at Walrod, run up Cement Creek Road to the Homeowners trail then down to Pioneer guest ranch. Cross Cement Creek road then onto trail 409, up past the caves and over trail 418 to Walrod Gulch and back to the start. Distance of about 6 miles. Meet at the Walrod Gulch trailhead on Cement Creek Road. The run is followed by the 18th annual “Brian’s beer, brats, boys and babes bash” so bring warm clothing and hang out around the bonfire for a beer (or soda) and brat.
Director: Brian Dale 349-2107
JUNE 26, THUR. 6.00pm GOTHIC TO MT CRESTED BUTTE
A chance to hone your strategy on the first part of the upcoming Gothic to Crested Butte 1/3 marathon. The distance is 5 miles on gravel road and pavement starting in Gothic and finishing at the town center in Mt Crested Butte. Pizza, beer and refreshments at The Avalanche Restaurant after the run. Meet at the main ski area parking lot entrance opposite the Nordic Inn in Mt Crested Butte at 6.00pm for transport to Gothic.
Director: Cynthea Gunderson 349-5073
JULY 4, FRI. 8.00am GOTHIC TO CRESTED BUTTE 1/3 MARATHON *
8.6 miles on gravel and paved roads starting in Gothic and ending on Elk Avenue in Crested Butte.
JULY 10, THUR. 6.00pm SNODGRASS MOUNTAIN LOOP
An evening run on the beautiful trails on the east side of Snodgrass mountain through fields of wildflowers and aspen groves. Distance is about 5 miles over moderate terrain. Meet at the Snodgrass parking area on Gothic road, north of Mt Crested Butte.
Director: Rosie Catmur 349-5326
JULY 19, SAT. 9.00am THE GRIN AND BEAR IT GREEN LAKE RUN*
This course involves a good hill climb on the Grin and Bear It course from Crested Butte to Green Lake under Mt Axtell and back. Distance is 9 miles with 1600' vertical on single track trails and dirt roads. Enjoy great views and wildflowers. Meet at The Nordic Center at 2nd St and Whiterock Ave in Crested Butte. The Nordic Center will host a cookout following the run. Benefits the Nordic Center. Drew Holbrook
JULY 26, SAT. 8.00am LIVING JOURNEYS HALF MARATHON *
A half marathon on the dirt roads and trails on Mt Crested Butte. Start in the base area and wind up through the Westside trails and top out at the top of the Silver Queen chairlift and return via the top of Painter Boy and the Columbine trail.
AUG 1, FRI. 6.00pm LOWER LOOP
A mellow evening run from Crested Butte to Gunsight Pass road via the Woods Walk, Budd trail and the Upper Lower loop returning on the Lower lower loop trail to town. A moderately flat course with a distance of about 7 miles. Meet at old St Patrick’s church at 108 Maroon Ave in Crested Butte.
Director: Jessie Earley 349-0682
AUG 10, SUN. 8.30am PARADISE DIVIDE LOOP
A long run circumnavigating Mount Baldy. Start at the Rustler’s Gulch trailhead north of Gothic and run down the road to Gothic campground. Turn west and climb trail 403 to the head of Washington Gulch. Follow the dirt road up and over Paradise Divide at the head of the Slate River valley and over to Schofield Pass. Climb trail 401 and then descend on the trail back to Rustler’s Gulch. Distance is about 15 miles with some serious climbing and incredible views and wildflowers. Meet at the turn off to Rustler’s Gulch about 2 miles north of the Gothic townsite and please carpool if possible. Carry your own food, water and energy drink.
Director: Emma & Greg Chase 596-2815
AUG 16, SAT. 6.30am SUMMER GT *
Runners will start on Elk Ave in Crested Butte at 6:30am, run to the Upper Upper Loop trail via Tony’s, over to Brush Creek Road, and out to Canal Trail. They will continue on through Death Pass (Trail 400) to Star Pass to Taylor Pass and Richmond Ridge and into the Aspen Ski Resort for the Finish at the base of Aspen Mountain. Racers may do the run solo or as a team of two. With the team entry, both teammates will run the entire course. This is not a relay race. Both teammates must arrive at each check point together and finish the race together. Distance is about 36 miles.
AUG 30, SAT. 8.30am RENO, FLAG, BEAR AND DEADMAN GULCH OR RENO DIVIDE
A great opportunity to run one of Crested Butte’s classic bike rides. Start on Cement Creek road and run up the Reno Divide road. At the top either take Reno Ridge trail over to Deadman Gulch or run Flag Creek to Bear Creek and then Deadman Gulch trails. Both courses then finish down the Deadman Gulch switchbacks back to the start. The long course is about 20 miles and the Reno Divide course is about 13 miles all on single track trail or dirt roads. Carry your own food water and energy drink. Meet at the Deadman Gulch trailhead almost 7 miles up Cement Creek.
Director: Marcel Medved
SEPT 14, SUN. 8.30am LEAD KING LOOP *
25km and 12.5 km dirt road courses starting and finishing in Marble.
SEPT 20, SAT. 8.00am CAMP 4 COFFEE, CART TO CART TRAIL RUN
A half marathon and 19 mile course. The 19 mile course will run from Crested Butte to Crested Butte South via Tony’s trail, Upper upper loop, Brush Creek Road, Canal trail, Strand bonus, Trail 409, Walrod cutoff, Walrod Gulch and Cement Creek road. The half marathon will shuttle to Brush Creek road and then follow the 19 mile course to the finish. The start and registration will be at Camp 4 coffee at 4th and Elk in Crested Butte and the finish at Camp 4 coffee in CB South. Transport back to Crested Butte will be provided. Entry fee to this run is $20 for non members and $15 for members and includes a cool collectable coffee mug for all finishers.
Director: Martin Catmur 349-5326
SEPT 24, WED. 6.00pm WOODS WALK TRAIL - TITAN FUNDRAISER
See how you measure up against Crested Butte’s finest student athletes. Run with the High School Cross Country team on a mellow end of season run from Crested Butte to Peanut Mine and return on the old railroad grade. All proceeds from this run will go to the Titan Booster Club supporting High School sports. Distance 4 miles. Meet at Totem Pole park at 3rd St and Maroon Ave in Crested Butte at 5.45pm for registration. The run will be followed by pizza at The Brick Oven and the drawing for the Paradox Footwear raffle.
Director: Austin Ross
* These events are not Mountain Runners events and may require entry fees.
$25 annual membership in the Crested Butte Mountain Runners includes entry into all runs except as noted above. Non members pay $5 per run. Many runs have suitable distances for walkers and less serious runners. Refreshments are provided after each run but runners should carry their own food and drink while running if necessary. Information an all runs may be obtained from Martin Catmur at 349-5326 or by calling the individual run director.
Run to win! The Paradox Footwear Mountain Runners raffle. Win a pair of shoes.|
Attend four or more Mountain Runners runs and be entered into the end of season raffle. Your name is entered after you have attended (or directed) four runs. At the final run we will draw names for two pairs of Salomon trail shoes from Paradox Footwear.
Thanks to our run sponsors and supporters:
Sue Schappert Chiropractic
Ice Mountain Jewelry
The Avalanche Restaurant
Crested Butte Nordic Center
Camp 4 Coffee
Brick Oven Pizza
A Massage Studio
Located on the Gunnison National Forest under permit from the Forest Service USDA
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