Welcome to the Chaffee County Running Club
The Tunnels Ten Mile Race is a new race to Buena Vista for the 2015 racing season.
It is a unique and picturesque route that begins approximately 9 miles north of Buena Vista near the Antero Pump Station. The route follows the Arkansas River for the majority of the race and runners will run on a gravel road, which used to be the Midland Railroad Grade until it was abandoned in May of 1922. The old railroad tunnels still remain and athletes will run through the series of tunnels between miles 6 and 7.
Ongoing Group RunsSundays at 9:00 am at the F Street Bridge in Salida.
These runs are free and open to all. Paces and distances will be decided by those who show up each week. The group runs are designed primarily to offer runners an opportunity to run with other people.
Salida High School Track
The new Salida High School track facility now has public access every day of the year from 6 am to 8 pm.
There is a locking turnstile on the west side of the track near the school that allows entry and public use, unless school is in session, conditions are unsafe, or the facility is being rented or used for a school function.
Check it out! Read more about using the Salida High School Track
Mission Statement: Chaffee County Running Club, promotes running for health, recreation and competition, for runners of all ages and abilities.
Chaffee County Running Club News and Events
Chaffee County Running Club - February-March 2015 News
In Memory of Don Breece
Long time CCRC supporter/member Don Breece recently passed away.
Don served on the CCRC Board of Directors as Secretary for a number of years and was instrumental in laying the foundation for, guiding and managing the club. The CCRC would not be where it is today without his efforts.
Don also started the Spiral Drive Run and Two Turkey Relay, and was the race director for those events for a number of years.
Don was a rare and inspiring individual who worked hard to promote running at all levels, was a serious and dedicated runner himself, and also was a huge fan of the sport of running.
From Lewis Chandler: Don Breece passed away on Thanksgiving morning. He was 62 years old. Don was the very first runner I met when I moved to Salida in 1999. He LOVED running. During his time in Salida he was involved with all facets of running, racing, and spent many hours volunteering for anything that had to do with running. Don started the infamous Two Turkey Relay. Everyone loves this event basically because its fun and it involves all age groups with emphasis on the family. I talked to Don about naming the Two Turkey Relay as The Don Breece Two Turkey Relay. It took about 2 seconds for him to nix that idea. He felt that he had done no more than anyone else for the running club.
From Tom Sobal: Don was a dedicated runner. I remember running with him in the dark when it was 5 below, in pouring down rain, in 40 mile per hour winds…
Don was a true fan of the sport of running, at all levels. Someone who could talk about Young, Gioscia or Wottle.
I will always sadly remember the day when he wanted to evaluate his heart condition and asked me to help pace and time him over the Two Turkey Relay course. He really struggled and seemed disappointed to run a time far off his best (but better than many people could do). I tried to be upbeat, hopeful and positive. But deep down as runners we silently both knew the clock never lies.
Don lived his life/ran/finished his race the way he wanted. No extra frills, hype, medals, trophies or acknowledgements required. The goals were internal and the reward was the satisfaction in knowing the effort was real and his best.
His best was great.
New Year's Day 5K
Congratulations to everyone who came out for our snowiest New Year’s Day 5K ever!
Thanks for participating and kicking off your New Year with the Salida Recreation Department.
1st and 2nd place overall went to Kenny Wilcox and Taylor Stack in 19:46, while Russell Orris placed 3rd in 21:19.
First place for the women was Kate Wilson in 23:21, followed closely by Sydney Fesenmeyer in 23:28. 3rd place went to Janie Hayes in 24:48.
Full results are available here: http://salidarec.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/New-Years-5k-2015-results.pdf
Run Through Time Marathon/Half Marathon
In March of 2005 Chaffee County Running Club ran the very first Run Through Time Marathon/Half Marathon/2 Mile Fun Run. We had around 120 runners compete consisting of about 25% women from all over Colorado. The Scout Hut was race headquarters where pre-race activities, award ceremonies and after race refreshments took place. The run started at the foot of Tenderfoot Mountain and took place entirely on roads to Turret and back. We considered it a great success.
Today we are working on the tenth annual Run Through Time. The race this year will take place on Saturday, March 14th starting at 8:00 am and should have as many as 450 runners from not only Colorado but several other states including Ontario Canada. Our race headquarters is now at the Salida SteamPlant Event Center. We no longer run to Turret but much of the race now takes place on the Salida Mountain Trail system. We also have a FREE kids sprint race in Riverside Park at 10:00 am. Almost half of our runners this year are females and around 10% are from right here in Salida. For the last several years at least half of the proceeds of this race go towards Salida Mountain Trails and the rest go towards our mission which is to promote running in Chaffee County.
On Friday evening March 13th Salida SteamPlant will host the pre-race dinner. It is open to all for a price of $10. Please call 719-530-0933 to make your reservations. By the time you read this newsletter, we are expecting the race to be near full or full.
We would like to thank all those who have helped us in the past to make this run what it has become. For those who wish to volunteer in some capacity, have questions or concerns or even like to donate prizes please contact Jon or Rickie at email@example.com
The Tunnels Ten Mile Race
The Tunnels Ten Mile Race is a new race to Buena Vista for the 2015 racing season. It is a unique and picturesque route that begins approximately 9 miles north of Buena Vista near the Antero Pump Station. The route follows the Arkansas River for the majority of the race and runners will run on a gravel road, which used to be the Midland Railroad Grade until it was abandoned in May of 1922. The old railroad tunnels still remain and athletes will run through the series of tunnels between miles 6 and 7. This is a net downhill race with an elevation loss of approximately 683’. There is a section of about 2 miles of the race that is on pavement and 1 mile on dirt trail. A 5k race will also start and finish at the location of the 10 mile race finish area at the Community Center (715 East Main Street). Special awards will be given to the top 3 men and women in each age group following the completion of the 5k race and the 10 mile race. There will be water and gatorade available at miles 2.5, 5 and 7.5 in the Tunnels Ten Mile race and there will be no aid stations in the 5k race.
Start Time: 9:00 AM for both the 10 mile and 5k
Last bus leaves for the 10 mile at 8:30
10 Mile - $40/$45 day of race
5K - $25/$30 day of race
Running Times on Bill Dooper
Super running fan Bill Dooper of Leadville is featured in a story about running fans in the March/April 2015 issue of Running Times. He has also been featured in a short video, available for free viewing at http://trailrunnermag.com/people/video/
If you have been to any kind of running event in the upper Arkansas valley in the last 25+ years, you have likely seen Bill there. You might not have known who he was but he likely knew who you were.
Bill, who is over 80 years old, has had various health issues. He is as tough and determined as the runners he watches and has always been able to overcome life's challenges.
Tom Sobal writes “In the 16+ years I lived in Leadville I would see Bill everywhere. Although not much of a runner himself, I helped set him up with snowshoes and train for the Turquoise Lake 20 mile Snowshoe Run one year. He diligently put in the miles, as he does when he can today. He was almost was able to finish that event, which was known as one of the more difficult in the state.”
Return of the Community Track Meets
May 18 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm - Community Track Meet
- At the SHS Track, $2 for kids/students and $4 for adults. Field events, short distances appropriate for small children, longer distances and relays. For all ages!
Also...check out the remarkable story of runner Kayla Montgomery...
Time to Renew your Club Membership for 2015
Please renew your membership for 2015 if you have not already done so.
Yearly membership is $10/individual or $15/family.
Previous members can mail a check (Made out to CCRC) to CCRC, POB 1441, Salida, CO 81201. Or give your payment to Treasurer Kristy Falcon.New members should fill out the application form.
The club puts out a newsletter every month and we're always looking for things to add to it. If you have any running news, want to organize a group run, or have pictures or quotes you'd like to contribute, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCRC on facebook!
The CCRC has a page on facebook. We keep this page updated on current events, group runs, etc. You can "like" our page here.
Salida Mountain Trails
Check out the Salida Mountain Trails blog for more information about volunteering for trailwork, new trails and happenings!
Chaffee County Running Club is a proud member of the Road Runners Club of America. The Road Runners Club of America is the national association of running clubs, running events, and runners dedicated to promoting long distance running as a competitive sport and as healthful exercise. RRCA's mission is to represent and promote the common interest of its member clubs, events, and individual runners through education, leadership, programs and other services..