Chaffee County Running Club

Welcome to the Chaffee County Running Club

Turret fun runOngoing Group Runs

Thursdays - 6:30pm at Oxygen Hog (113 N Railroad) in Buena Vista

Meet for varying distance and terrain group runs, and then join the group for $3 pints afterwards. For all ages and abilities.

Sundays at 8:00 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.

Tuesdays - Just after noon (12:05 - 12:10ish)

Meet at the Sackett Ave/bike path intersection (in front of the SteamPlant) for an easy paced, 3 mile, no drop, road run.

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 the facility is being used by school classes, sports or is rented out or conditions are unsafe,
Check it out! Read more about using the Salida High School Track

Join the CCRC!

Guess what?! The CCRC is now offering lifetime memberships (for individuals OR families) for only $100! We know, people are busy, can't always remember if they've renewed their membership, forget to mail in their check, etc. Now, you can mail in one check and registration form, and be a member for life! And if you've already paid your dues this year, just subtract that amount from the $100, and you are all set for a lifetime. Our goal is to make CCRC membership easier for everyone.

CCRC annual memberships are now good for one year from the date of purchase (they used to expire at the end of each calendar year). Cost of annual membership is still $10 per person, or $15 per family. Benefits for all members include weekly group runs, special longer or destination runs, discounts on certain local races, club newsletter, and involvement and input in your local running club, whose mission is to promote running for health, recreation, and competition, for runners of all ages and abilities.

Registration forms can be found at our website.

Cost of annual membership is still $10 per person, or $15 per family. Benefits for all members include weekly group runs, special longer or destination runs, discounts on certain local races, club newsletter, and involvement and input in your local running club, whose mission is to promote running for health, recreation, and competition, for runners of all ages and abilities.

Mission Statement: Chaffee County Running Club, promotes running for health, recreation and competition, for runners of all ages and abilities.

Two Turkey Relay - Saturday, November 12

The 16th Annual Two Turkey Relay, organized by the Chaffee County Running Club, will take place on November 12 at 10am. Registration will begin at 9:00am at the Riverside Park Amphitheater and we will begin picking teams at 9:30am. This is a mostly for fun, two person relay race. The first team member will run a two-mile loop on paved and unpaved road, running CR 175, Spiral Drive and CR 177. The runner will tag his or her teammate, who will run the same loop. A two minute handicap is given to all females, anyone under 13 years old, and anyone over the age of 60. Cost is $3 for CCRC members and $5 for non members. All registration will be done on site. Participants of any age are encouraged to enter if they can run continuously for two miles. The CCRC is also looking for people to bake pies or any other Thanksgiving themed dessert as prizes - please contact Kristy at if you're interested or if you have any other questions.

This race was originated by Don Breece, and continues for its 16th year in his memory. The running club will also have membership forms available at the race for anyone who is interested in renewing their current membership, or becoming a new club member.

CCRC September News and Events

Autumn is in the air and a new season is upon us.  This is one of the most beautiful times for running in Chaffee County with the cool, moist mountain air and changing colors.  Read on for news, events and recaps of summer running meanderings.

Ragnar Relay 2016

Salida and Buena Vista runners participated in the Ragnar Relay in mid-August.  

Ragnar Relay Colorado is a 194 mile relay starting at Copper Mountain and ending at Snowmass Ski Resorts.  

It takes place over two days and one night and each team involves two vans with 6 runners each that leapfrog 36 legs from start to finish.  This event traverses through the high country of Colorado reaching elevations as high as over 10,000 feet.  

CCRC board members Kristy and Sarah joined the Salida High School Cross Country team, some of whom are also CCRC members, to complete this epic team building and bonding event.  Board member Mark also joined a team called 'Are We In Rio Yet'. Sleep came intermittently and brief, as teams coursed through day and night to the final destination.  Salida #1 finished first in 23h 02min and Salida #2 finished 6th in 26h 12min, while 'Are We In Rio Yet?' finished 27th in 28h 41min.

This is a remarkable showing by our regional athletes, considering that there were 183 teams overall!
If you'd like to see the overall results and check out the event here is the link:

TransRockies Run 2016

This August, 350 RUN6 team and solo runners and 100 RUN3 solo runners took on the Colorado Rockies for a trail running experience like no other. During the six days of the TransRockies Run, runners from all over the world  run, eat and live together as they cover 120 miles of spectacular scenery, fully supported by a dedicated and professional Event Team who will look after all aspects of their food, accommodations and on-course support.

Based upon the wildly successful TransAlpine-Run in Europe and the TransRockies mountain bike race, the TransRockies Run is run on a multi-day point-to-point format which allows athletes to access and traverse wild and fantastic scenery, while building camaraderie, overcoming adversity and sharing a singular adventure.

The TransRockies Run course runs from Buena Vista to Beaver Creek, through the heart of the White River and San Isabel National Forests. The course includes a mix of singletrack and forest road with nearly 20,000 feet of elevation gain, reaching altitudes of over 12,500 ft.

Racers are fed and housed in a tent city, and treated to hot showers and other amenities every night, and are supported throughout each stage with feed and aid stations along with a fully-equipped and mobile medical team.

Each morning, the racers leave the race village en masse and tackle the day’s course before arriving at the finish where the Event Team has moved in and rebuilt the village from the night before. With gear bags, tents, showers and food waiting, the racers spend the rest of the afternoon and evening trading stories, healing wounds and recovering in preparation for the next day’s run.

While many participants come to endurance trail running stage events with the simple goal of getting to the finish line, there will be fierce competition at the front of the pack in five different team categories: Open Men, Open Women, Open Mixed, Men 80+,  Women 80+, Mixed 80+, and 100+ mixed gender. The 80+ categories consist of teams whose participants’ ages combine to 80 years or more.

Regardless of category or experience, participants of the TransRockies Run cross the line with a deep sense of accomplishment, a lifetime’s worth of stories and memories, and a group of new trail running friends in adventure.

Check out this year's results at the following link:

CCRC Sunday Group Run

Don't forget the F Street bridge Sunday morning run time change: meeting at 9 am starting Sunday  Sept 11th.

CCRC Mountain Cabin Running Retreat

The CCRC cabin trip is Oct 7-10

Where: USFS Brewery Creek Guard Station. Bonanza, CO .
This is a fairly rustic Forest Service cabin at an elevation of 9500 feet
*Warm Clothes.
*Sleeping gear.  sleeping bag, pillow and a sleeping pad
There are limited beds (bunk beds with mattresses) inside. Depending on how many come, you can sleep in a bed, on the floor, in a van, on a couch, on a cot, or in a tent. We will bring some extra gear and options.

*Food. We will be doing some group meals. Bring large amounts of food to share. There are some pots, pans and utensils, propane stove,fridge and lighting.  Please bring a personal water bottle, and personal eating utensils.

No electricity or plumbing.  There is an outhouse.

Please plan on coming for as little or as much of the time as you wish:   for camaraderie, fun, to run, or just to relax. CCRC members can stay for free any or all of the 3 days/nights.

This semi-rustic  Forest Service cabin is passenger car accessible and has beds, a stove, fridge, lights, water, facilities and heat.

Please let us know (email if you plan on coming and when.  Let's try to carpool.

Cheaper Than Therapy:  How Running Can Help Fight Depression and Anxiety:

Check out this link to read more about how running can help our mental health!

Reminders for Trail Users

A reminder to trail users that fall hunting season is coming up. Hunting is allowed on many public land areas in Chaffee County, so please remember to wear blaze orange or other bright colors if you're out running, hiking, biking, etc in these areas during hunting season. It's important that dogs also wear blaze orange (vests, collars, etc) during hunting season as well!  Below is a list of 2016 Colorado hunting season dates.


Buena Vista HS XC is underway and showed up well at the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede last weekend.  BV moved to 2A this year due to CHSSA rule changes in enrollment numbers and has a chance to show up well in the championship races this season.  Salida HS debuts in their first meet of the season on Friday, September 2 at DeKovend Park in Denver.

If you would like to attend or follow these young runners from our community check out the following schedule:

Friday, 9-2-16:  Arapahoe at DeKovend Park, Denver (SHS)
Saturday, 9-3-16:  Lake County Invitational (BVHS)
Friday, 9-9-16:  Liberty Bell Invitational (BVHS)
Saturday, 9-10-16:  Lyons (SHS)
Saturday, 9-17-16:  Gunnison (SHS)
Tuesday, 9-20-16:  Buena Vista Invitational (SHS, BVHS)
Thursdsay, 9-22-16:  Coronado (SHS)
Saturday, 10-1-16:  Salida Invitational at Vandaveer Ranch (SHS, BVHS)
Friday, 10-7-16:  3A League at Colorado Springs (SHS)
Friday 10-7-16:  TCA Titan Thunder (BVHS)
Thursday, 10-20-16: 3A Regionals at Pueblo (SHS)
Thursday, 10-20-16:  2A Regionals at Colorado Springs (BVHS)
Saturday, 10-29-16:  XC State Championships, COS

Club Newsletter

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

Salida Mountain Trails

Check out the Salida Mountain Trails blog for more information about volunteering for trailwork, new trails and happenings!

P.O. Box 1441
Salida, CO 81201

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