Colorado is famous for being a high altitude training hub for runners and athletes alike. Following the “train high, live low” theory, endurance runners from around the country frequently train at higher elevations in the Colorado Rockies in the hopes of improving their performance.
Colorado is home to several famous races throughout the year including the Leadville 100, Bolder Boulder, Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon, and Colfax Marathon. Known as the “Race Across the Sky”, the Leadville 100 is notably the most grueling. This 100-mile out-and-back race traverses mountainous terrains below 14ers Mount Massive and Mount Elbert, wraps around Turquoise Lake, reaches elevations of 12,600 feet at Hope Pass, and totals more than 15,000 vertical feet gained.
Whether your niche is trail running, road running, or track running there are endless trails, parks, roads, and open spaces to run on in Colorado. Noteworthy trails include the Big Dry Creek Trail, Sante Fe Trail, Marshall Mesa Trail, Elk Meadow Trail and Mary’s Loop. Athletes of all abilities find that the running community in Colorado is very friendly and welcoming. It’s rarely difficult to find a running group near you, so visit your local running shoe company for information on running groups, races, and events.