Welcome to the Chaffee County Running Club
Ongoing Group RunsSundays 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
Lifetime CCRC Memberships!
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.
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.
CCRC August 2016 News
Hayden Creek Fire and Trail Running
The fire burning in our Sangre de Cristo and Wet Mountain areas certainly has an impact on the running trails. For a time it will limit access to many of the trails in and around those mountains, many of which are favorites of local runners. This includes the Rainbow Trail between Coaldale and Hayden Creek and the Porter Gulch Trailhead. However, as the fire is contained and safe conditions return, it serves an important purpose in helping clear out beetle kill and dead fall that have made it difficult to navigate the trails in recent years. Be safe and follow the USFS fire restrictions so that we can continue to enjoy our lovely mountain trails!
Summer in the outdoors in Chaffee County
We live in a beautiful area of the country, with easy access to mountains, trails, rivers, etc. However, there are also dangers associated with time spent in the outdoors, and when things go wrong, our local Search and Rescue teams often end up assisting with rescues. The following was posted on July 9 (there have been further rescue missions since this post) by Chaffee County Search and Rescue North on their facebook page.
So far in 2016, CCSAR-N has responded to 19 missions. Our busy season typically runs from May – Sept. This season we've had 12 missions just since the beginning of May. These include 3 responses to Brown's Canyon rafting accidents, a report of an empty boat hung up on the river, an injured horseback rider, 2 lost hikers on Mt. Yale, 2 distressed or injured hikers at Cottonwood Pass, an injured ATV rider, an injured hiker on the Midland trail, a hiker with HAPE (high altitude pulmonary edema) and a 3:30am welfare check on a couple of 14er climbers who forgot to notify their mothers that they were ok.
Chaffee County Search and Rescue is an all volunteer, non-profit organization. Thank you to all of the volunteers for their hard work year round in helping people in distress in the outdoors of Chaffee County! And a reminder, Colorado Search and Rescue cards are available for purchase at local stores such as the Trailhead. Money from the sales of these cards help reimburse local Search and Rescue teams for the costs incurred during an incident.
Fall Cross Country Headed our Way
As summer wanes and the new school year approaches, the Chaffee County XC teams will begin official training in August, with meets beginning in late August and early September. SHS has lost a few key athletes to graduation and we look forward to following the collegiate running careers of CCRC members Sydney Fesenmeyer as she joins the CO School of Mines team and Taylor Stack in his ventures running for Western State CO University. Good luck to all the XC runners who graduated!
Though it's sad to lose athletes to graduation, it's fun to watch as the new freshman move in and ply their talents on the high school stage. This year we are welcoming a great crew of committed young athletes from running families in our communities.
Here is the XC schedule if you would like to follow the teams' progress:
Friday, 9-2-16: Arapahoe at DeKovend Park, Denver
Saturday, 9-10-16: Lyons
Saturday, 9-17-16: Gunnison
Tuesday, 9-20-16: Buena Vista
Thursdsay, 9-22-16: Coronado
Saturday, 10-1-16: Salida at Vandaveer Ranch
Friday, 10-7-16: League at Colorado Springs
Thursday, 10-20-16: Regionals at Pueblo
Saturday, 10-29-16: XC State Championships, COS
Upcoming CCRC Board MeetingThe next CCRC board meeting will be held on Monday, August 8 at 5:30pm at Oxygen Hog in Buena Vista. CCRC members are welcome and encouraged to submit any agenda items for board meetings, or to attend a meeting and discover exactly how fun it is to be on the board! For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCRC Running Retreat
CCRC has reserved a US Forest Service cabin for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, Oct 7-9, for a Club member running retreat.
This is a semi-rustic 2 room cabin with bed space for 9, a fridge, stove, heater and lights. There is adequate additional floor, tent and other parking/sleeping space at the cabin.
The Cabin is located near Bonanza, CO ~38 miles from Salida just off a county road.
There are numerous trails, dirt roads, and runs to do from the cabin.
We hope CCRC members can plan on attending all or part of this free gathering to enjoy good runs, good friends and good food.
Look for more details on this fun event later in the summer.
CCRC Board of Directors Meeting
All CCRC members are invited to attend the CCRC Board of Directors Meeting on Sunday, February 7 at 2pm at the home of CCRC Board President Kristy Falcon, 1305 F Street in Salida.
If you have anything you would like to discuss, please email us in advance so we can place it on the agenda.
Special BV Sunday Morning Run
On Sunday, February 21 the regular CCRC Sunday Morning Run Group will travel to Buena Vista to meet up with the Colorado Mountain College Leadville trail running club.
We will meet in Buena Vista at the Whipple Trail Bridge/east end of Main St. at 9 a.m.
For those coming from Salida, we will meet at Marvin Park/baseball fields on Hwy 291 at 8:30 a.m. to carpool up.
Time to Renew your Membership!
As always, we encourage any and all runners in the community to become a member of the CCRC. This can be done through the mail or on-line. Registration forms can be found at our website.
Please renew your CCRC membership for 2016 if you have not already done so. For anyone who paid for their membership at the Two Turkey Relay or later in 2015, those dues are good for 2016.
This will be the last newsletter you receive if you do not pay dues for 2016.
Cost of membership is only $10 per person, or $15 per family. Thank you for your support of our efforts to promote running for health, recreation, and competition, for runners of all ages and abilities.
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 email@example.com.
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..