Chaffee County Running Club

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Ongoing Group Runs

Sundays 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.

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

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

Chaffee County Running Club May News

Welcome to springtime in the Colorado Rockies. Have no fear, green grass and warm, sunny days will come. In the meantime, enjoy the incredible moisture that we continue to get in our little mountain towns of Chaffee County! Read on for more running news...

Inspiring Video!

If you think you are too old to run fast, watch this video
Ida Keeling, 100 years old, sets world record at Penn ... Keeling electrified the Philadelphia crowd.

Salida Crater Run 2016

Saturday May 14. CCRC group run to the Crater. You have heard about it, seen it from a distance, but have you been there? Few have, and this is your chance. Meet at Marvin Park in Salida (baseball fields on Highway 291) at 8:30 am to carpool to start location. The total distance, out and back, is <8 miles total. Shorter options available. Snacks and drinks after.

Chaffee County HS Track and Field Schedule

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Upcoming Chaffee and Lake County Races!

May 23 - (Salida) Community Track Meet (also 6/27 and 7/18)

May 29- (BV) Spirit Trail Run Half Marathon and 8K

June 4 - (Leadville) Turquoise Lake Half Marathon

June 5 - (Leadville) Fish Hatchery 5km

June 16 - 19 - (Salida) FIBArk Running Races

For more information about CKS PaddleFest events:!land-events/a8th4

Tunnels Ten Mile and 5K Recap

For the second year in a row, the Tunnels Ten Mile and 5K race faced the challenge of significant snow fall. Last year's race was cancelled after 20" and more snow fell in the area, this year the race directors, Bill Weeks and Mark Walters, decided to hold the race no matter the conditions. A last minute decision to make the course an out and back, instead of starting at the Antero Pump Station, was made since the conditions on the road worsened each mile heading north. 90 athletes were pre-registered to run and 48 of them showed up to brave the elements. The main challenge was the extreme slush and mud on the tunnels road and every athlete finished with varying degrees of mud caked to their backside. The race this year could have easily been an addition to the Tough Mudder series.

Many local athletes led the overall and age group divisions. For the men, Kenny Wilcox from Salida won the 10 mile race with a time of 1:02:56 and Jered Oubre from Buena Vista was second in1:04:51. On the female side, Libby Nye from Buena Vista won the race in a time of 1:30:52.

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Improve Your Running With Hill Repeats

Hill repeats, or striding up hills repeatedly, gives you the advantage you get from gut-busting speed workouts on the track, or tempo running on the road.

Why do them?
*They are simple and accessible
*They help maximize running volume, more bang for your buck
*They decrease risk of injury that can be acquired running on the track or roads

What systems are affected by the training?
*Neuromuscular: Form improvements with proper knee lifting and higher gait cadence
*Musculoskeletal: Increased muscle tone and raw power leading to natural increase in stride length
*Cardiovascular: Improved stroke volume or amount of blood the heart pumps per beat. More blood=more speed/power

Hill repeat strategies!
*Grade: 4-10%, mix it up
*Time: 20-30 seconds, jog back to the start, and rest 1-2 minutes between
*Pace: Focus on stride, smooth speed and powerful but quick steps.
*Repetitions: 4-12 depending upon your conditioning and your ability to maintain good form throughout.
*Frequency: 1-3x/week as one of your speed-work days

Have fun and get out and run!

CCRC Group Runs

The CCRC has two group run options in Salida, which are open to everyone! 

Sundays - 9am, meet at the F Street Bridge for a trail run.

Tuesdays - noon, meet at the Sackett Ave/bike path intersection for an EASY paced road run of 3 miles. This is a no drop run.

A group of runners have also started to meet at 5:30 pm on Thursdays at the Eddyline Pub in BV for an evening run and a beer afterwards. All ages/abilities are welcome.

We would LOVE to host other regular group runs in BV as well - if anyone is interested in leading one, please email

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.

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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