Runners, bikers racing into busy season |

Runners, bikers racing into busy season

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Runners start the annual Boogie's Buddy 5 in Aspen on the Fourth of July last year. About 2,000 runners are expected to run the race tomorrow, and the town could reach record crowd levels this holiday weekend.
The Aspen Times file photo |

Racing season is in full swing for runners and mountain bikers.

Saturday, for example, the Race for the Cure takes off in Aspen, starting at Rio Grande Park at 8 a.m.

Downvalley, the annual Mount Sopris Runoff will be held Saturday morning in conjunction with the Carbondale Mountain Fair.

It featured an early morning start with a finish at the Mountain Fair’s main venue in downtown Carbondale.

Just a week ago, more than 700 runners participated in the fourth annual Aspen Valley Marathon, an event that included a half-marathon and a 5K run.

Next, the annual Power of Four races, staged by the Aspen Skiing Co., will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, and Sunday, Aug. 3.

Power of Four

The Power of Four Mountain Bike Race is set for Aug. 2; the Power of Four 50K Trail Race is one day later on Aug. 3.

The Power of Four Mountain Bike Race will cover all four Skico mountains, as will the trail run.

Course maps and registration information is available online at the for the bike race and the 31-mile trail run. GPS tracking also is available for the events.

The Power of Four trail race will start at the base of Aspen Mountain, climb to the Sundeck and follow trails through Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass.

The finish is at Snowmass Base Village. There will be a combined 10,000 feet of climbing over the 50-kilometer course.

The bike race will follow the route of previous years with a start in Snowmass and finish at the Gondola Plaza in Aspen.

Solo and relay options are available in the Power of Four events.

Basalt Half-Marathon

One week later, the historic 38th annual Basalt Half-Marathon will be held as the annual fundraiser for the Basalt High School cross country program on Aug. 9.

The fast course starts at Ruedi Reservoir, then goes down the Frying Pan Road to the finish in downtown Basalt.

Longtime race director Ron Lund, also the Basalt High School cross country coach, said the Basalt half is a good tuneup for runners looking for a fall marathon.

“It’s a fast half. It drops about 1,000 feet from start to finish,” Lund said.

Runners will takes buses from Basalt Middle School at 7 a.m. to the start for a 7:45 a.m. starting time. on Aug. 9.

Race-day registration will be from 6 a.m. to 6:50 a.m.

Advance registration is available through

Registration information for the Basalt Half-Marathon also is available by calling Lund at 970-618-2063.

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