Welcome to the Chaffee County Running Club
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
The CCRC running retreat weekend is coming up Friday-Monday October 7-10 at the Brewery Creek Cabin near Bonanza, CO.
All CCRC members are invited to come and stay for all or part of this time period free of charge. This includes free overnight lodging in the cabin for Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday nights. Or you can come up for the day or a run.
The cabin is on National Forest land with numerous trails and roads to explore from the door. The cabin is easily accessible by passenger car and located 36 miles from Poncha Springs.
If you are interested in coming for all or part of this time, please let us know in advance so we can better plan. Send an email to email@example.com or call Tom at 719-539-4112 before Friday 10/7. You will receive all the details, including directions.
Autumn Running in Colorado
Fall is here and winter is just around the corner, so it is time to get out and see the trails from a different perspective. It is not necessary to stop or reduce running just because cooler weather is coming, and it's such a beautiful time to be out among the fall colors. Here are some tips!
1. Dress in Layers: temperatures change quickly and it's always good to have that extra layer to warm up the muscles, but to be able to shed them as you run. It may be necessary to carry a pack to store them as you run.
2. Pay attention to the time and consider carrying a headlamp: daytime hours are dwindling and sunrise comes later while sunset come earlier. Don't get caught in the dark without preparation!
3. Watch your step: Leaves fall and obscure roots and rocks that are otherwise quite visible. Enjoy the beauty but run with care.
4. Enjoy the scenery! Fall in the Colorado mountains is stupendous. Get out and enjoy it!
High School Cross Country Update for Chaffee County
Salida and Buena Vista Cross Country Teams have had great seasons so far. Each team is coming down to the final invitationals before heading into the championship season (League, Regionals and State). Salida will have it's home meet October 1 at Vandaveer Ranch, with more teams than ever before attending, including some 4A and 5A teams. Buena Vista will attend Salida's meet and one more in COS, before their championship races begin. At this time the Buena Vista Girls are ranked high in the 2A standings and are a force to be reckoned with and the Salida girls are looking strong in 3A. Both boys teams are building up and improving with each meet and have a chance at performing well at the state race.
Look for the upcoming meets on the following schedule:
Salida Cross Country Invitational, Vandaveer Ranch, Saturday, October 1, MS races start at 9, HS races start at 10
TCA Titan Invitational, October 7, Fountain, Colorado
Tri Peaks League 3A, October 7, Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado 2A and 3A Regionals, October 20, Fountain, CO
Colorado State Cross Country Championships, October 29, Colorado Springs
The Goblin Gallop and the Two Turkey Relay Return
The CCRC organizes two fun runs/races every fall. They are a lot of fun, and you should definitely check them out!
Goblin Gallop - October 27
The Goblin Gallop is a 1 mile fun run for elementary school kids, and will take place at Longfellow Elementary directly after school. Event is free, and is organized by the CCRC and the Salida HS Cross Country team.
Two Turkey Relay - November 12 at 10am
The Two Turkey Relay is a mostly for fun, 2 mile, 2 person relay. Registration for this event will take place at Riverside Park beginning at 9am. Cost is $3 for CCRC members, and $5 for non-members. Anyone who is capable of running continuously for two miles is invited to participate! The CCRC is also looking for people to bake pies or any other Thanksgiving themed dessert as prizes - please contact Kristy at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Race Reports by Liz Weiss
Kennebec Pass Mountain Run in Durango, July 30th
This was a beautiful, fun, and challenging race outside of Durango in the La Plata mountains. The race course changes directions each year, and this year we ran the course clockwise, which provided an elevation gain of approximately 3100 feet. About one mile after the 2nd aid station, one thinks that they have reached Kennebec Pass, especially since you descend along a rather gnarly single track trail for awhile. After basically sliding down a steep, loose dirt hill, you reach the final push to the actual pass, which tops out at 12,117 feet & intersects with the Colorado Trail at this point. From here, the rest of the race was a breeze downhill, minus the few small uphills as your approach the finish line. Finishing as the 5th female with a time of 2:44, I won a gift certificate to the new Durango Running Company in downtown Durango, drank some beers from Ska Brewery & ate some great food from a local shop.
Cart to Cart Race in Crested Butte, September 24
How could I not sign up for a trail race in Crested Butte at the end of September? The aspens would be going off, and the weather would be cool but not too cold yet...or so I thought...
By the end of the 20 miles, I was confused about which month it was. Was it still September? It had been 30 degrees and snowing when the race began at Camp for Coffee in downtown Crested Butte and the conditions were basically the same at the finish, 3.5 hours later. I had not ran in wintry conditions since our last snowfall in Salida, which was months ago. To be honest, I wasn't too psyched for the run. Selfishly, I wanted it to be sunny and warm and enjoyable. I even contemplated running the 13 mile race instead of the 20. But alas, I stuck to my guns and opted for the 20 miler, and to be honest, it was awesome!
The course was a point to point run, starting at Camp for Coffee on Elk Ave in downtown CB, and finishing at Camp for Coffee in Crested Butte South, with a shuttle back downtown afterwards. We used several different trails to link up the 2 coffee shops including Tony's Trail, the Upper Upper Loop, Canal Trail, Strand Bonus, the 409 and the Waldrod Cuttoff all the way to Cement Creek Road. My primary motivation for running this race was to run through yellow and orange aspen groves, and that's exactly what I got. The contrast between the aspen leaves both on the ground and on the trees with the white snow was beautiful. The temperature did not prove to be a problem, and it sort of felt like it was perfect running weather! However, after running for about 3 hours in the wet snow, I realized that my right hand was completely numb and I could not move it. Luckily, another runner had stopped on the side of the trail and offered to help me warm my hand up. I am so thankful for trail magic!
I finished the run in 3:30, and was rewarded with a mug that was filled with unlimited amounts of hot coffee, beverages from Eddyline, and the warmth of the coffee shop and other runners. Cart to Cart was a great race, and if you're ever questioning running 20 miles in the snow, just make sure it's a point to point run so that you can't bail out on the run!
Group runs with the CCRC!
Sundays at 9am at the F Street Bridge in Salida. Meet for a trail run of roughly 1 hour.
Tuesdays at noon at the Sackett Ave/bike path intersection in Salida. A no drop, 3 mile road run.
Thursdays at 6:30pm at Oxygen Hog in Buena Vista. Meet for a group run of varying distances and terrain, with $3 pints afterwards.
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..