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STATE PARK DUO SERIES “RUN THE CANYON THEN THE MOUNTAIN”
The Cheyenne Mountain Run – Oct 12, 2019 (Updated 7-1-2019)
The heavy-half marathon is now a 25k: Start Time 9:00 AM
In analyzing your feedback after last years race, changes have been made! A loop on the top has been added to reduce congestion on the upper steeper single track sections of the Dixon Trail and to provide several exceptional view points. Our top of the mountain split time will be recorded at the top of the Dixon Trail and where we will also have an aid station.
Starting elevation at Limekiln parking lot is 6,000’ and the turn around elevation is approximately 9,200’. Therefore approximately 3,200 gain and loss.
The 25k will start at the Limekiln parking lot west of the entrance to the state park and entrance fee gate. The race course heads west on the Talon Trail, turns onto North Talon and at about 3.3 miles onto the Dixon Trail. Runners will then follow the Dixon Tail to the top meadow and will briefly turn onto Mountain Loop Trail and starting a counterclockwise loop. This includes an uphill section on a rocky jeep trail to the top and end point of the Dixon Trail. At the top of the Dixon Trail at an elevation of 9,200 feet runners will turn left and run downhill for the entire 4.5 miles of the Dixon trail and return to the Limekiln Trailhead finish line on North Talon and Talon Trails.
Due to the safety of both runners and volunteers, CUT-OFF TIME of 10:45 AM to reach the Dixon saddle will be enforced (located 2.5 miles from start of Dixon and 5.8 miles from Start line). The finish line timing station will be closed at 2:30 PM.
Water stop locations: 1. Talon/Sundance juncture 2. Talon/N Talon juncture 3. Lower Dixon Tail 4. Top of Dixon Trail at turn around point. Runners are encouraged to carry their own water and be prepared for weather changes. Course will be out and back. The only access to runners will be back down the Dixon Trail and returning to the Limekiln parking lot. All water stops will have plenty of water and the water stop #4 will also have food.
The safety of our participants and volunteers is our highest priority!
3M+/- Trail Run: Start Time 9:30 AM
From the Limekiln parking lot it will follow the Talon trail to the Sundance trail junction at about 1.5 miles. The 3 Mile race will turn right onto the Sundance trail and return to the finish at the Limekiln trailhead. This is a loop course with one water stop at the Talon/ Sundance junction.
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STATE PARK DUO SERIES – RUN THE CANYON THEN THE MOUNTAIN!
The Dam Run at Castlewood Canyon – Sept 15th – Castlewood Canyon State Park – 5K and 10K.
The Cheyenne Mountain Run – Oct 12th – Cheyenne Mountain State Park – 3 mile and Half Marathon
In addition to the challenging course and beautiful scenery at The Cheyenne Mountain Run, challenge yourself with another trail run at Castlewood Canyon State Park. Castlewood Canyon is a hidden treasure for hikers and trail runners.The Park is a Colorado Natural Area providing abundant wildlife, plant, and geologic viewing opportunities. The theme of the Run, a surprising remnant of local history, is on display at the ruins of Castlewood Dam. This historic dam burst during a storm in 1933, sending a wave of water flooding into Denver. Runners participating in the 10K run will pass this unexpected window to the past, as well as the historic Lucas Homestead site.
This is a GREAT opportunity to support both Friends of CMSP and Friends of CCSP! Receive a special commemorative gift if you participate and finish both races!