Basalt hosts Color Run, Longhorn Stampede |

Basalt hosts Color Run, Longhorn Stampede

Staff report

Two fun running events will be held in Basalt on the next two weekends.

Basalt High School’s National Honor Society will present the 2nd annual “Paint the Town: Basalt’s Colorado Run” on Sunday. It’s a 5-kilometer run around historic Basalt, starting and ending in Arbaney Park. The event begins at 10 a.m. Registration will be held at the park prior to the event.

The entry fee is $10 for kids and $15 for adults. A T-shirt will be provided during registration. Participants can walk, run, skateboard or bike through the course. All proceeds will benefit the Aspen Hope Center.

On May 21, Basalt High School will host the annual Longhorn Stampede. “This event has been created to bring attention to the build-up of cultural diversity and participation from the student body and community,” according to the organizers.

The stampede starts with a lap at the track of Basalt High School before heading to an obstacle course which features a tire gauntlet, hay bale climb, a plunge in the dugouts, wallowing in mud pits and a fall down a giant water slide. All told, it’s about a 2-mile course.

The fee is $15 for pre-registration online through May 19 at The fee increases to $20 on May 20. Registration the day of the race will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the venue.

Race time is at 11 a.m. A tailgating party will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Participants are reminded to wear athletic clothes and shoes that can get dirty. Extra clothing and towels are recommended.

All entrants will receive a T-shirt on the day of the race. Prizes will be provided for the top three male and female participants in the 29 and younger category as well as 30 and older.

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