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Grab your most competitive friends, and take your outdoor adventures to the next level this summer. From cross-mountain relay races to whitewater paddling events, from an amateur and pro extreme sports showcase to a multi-day cycling race across Colorado, this list of heart-pumping Colorado events will make the summer of 2018 your most adventurous yet.

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Kick-off your 200-mile adventure from Copper Mountain to Aspen-Snowmass on August 10, 2018. Photo courtesy of Reebok Ragnar Colorado.

1. Reebok Ragnar Colorado

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Reebok Ragnar Colorado runs from August 10-11, 2018. Photo courtesy of Reebok Ragnar Colorado

If you and your friends are into incredible mountain vistas, fields filled with wildflowers, and pushing your physical endurance, sign yourself and 11 of your closest buds up for the Reebok Ragnar Colorado race. The race, totaling 200 miles of terrain, runs from Copper Mountain to Snowmass Village over a two-day, one-night period from August 10-11, 2018. You’ll travel on mountain bike trails, bike paths, and backroads past six of Colorado’s most famous ski towns, through the White River National Forest, and along the Colorado River.

A full team roster consists of 12 runners, and the start time is based on the average of each of your team member’s 10k finish time. If you’re an experienced distance runner, you can register as an Ultra team of six runners. The teams split up the legs of the race in a relay format, so each participant will have the opportunity to run three to six legs of the race. If you’ve never experienced running in the mountains at night, you should jump at the chance to snag one of the nighttime sections. There’s nothing like the exhilaration of running under the stars and in the crisp mountain air.

One of the best aspects of the Reebok Ragnar Relay is that it’s in Colorado. Make a long weekend out of the Reebok Ragnar Colorado relay by building in some extra days to explore Copper Mountain and Aspen-Snowmass areas’ attractions, including incredible hikes, great restaurants, and fun night life.

Ready for one of the most exhilarating experiences of your life? Grab some friends, plan a road trip, and sign up here!

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Reebok Ragnar Colorado participants will run over varied terrain, including back roads, mountain bike singletrack, and paved bike trails. Photo courtesy of Reebok Ragnar Colorado.

2. Cotopaxi Questival

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Union Station in Denver. Photo credit: Lahti213 (Wikimedia Commons)

The Cotopaxi Questival is a 24-hour race in which teams of two to six compete in challenges for gear and contribute to Cotopaxi’s sustainable poverty alleviation efforts. Cotopaxi runs Questival events all over the country, and Colorado will host one in Denver on May 11-12, 2018, and in Boulder on October 25-27, 2018.

3. FIBArk Whitewater Festival

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The Arkansas River runs through Browns Canyon National Monument near Salida, Colorado, the home of the FIBark Whitewater Festival. Photo Credit: Bureau of Land Management (flickr)

America’s “oldest and boldest” whitewater festival will take place from June 14-17, 2018 in Salida, Colorado. 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of this unique gathering. Professional and amateur competitions will take place throughout the weekend as well as live music, vendor displays, and other special events.

4. GoPro Mountain Games

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Slackliner at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado. Photo Credit: Stephen Martin (OutThere Colorado)

The GoPro Mountain Games marks one of the largest celebrations of the summer. The festival features adventure sports, art, and music in Vail, Colorado from June 7-10, 2018. Athletes and spectators alike can enjoy the pro competitions as well as the concerts, gear demos, films, and more.

5. Hut Run Hut

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10th Mountain Division Hut. Photo credit: Martin Bravenboer (flickr)

Hut Run Hut is a six-day, 100-mile adventure from Aspen to Vail. Participants will stay in 10th Mountain Division Huts after 10-25 mileage days along the Continental Divide. The course stays above 8,000 feet in elevation throughout the race, so be prepared for some amazing views and breathless miles. You can sign up for one of two races, either from August 27 to September 1, 2018 or September 16 to September 21, 2018.

6. Colorado Classic

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Racers in the Colorado Classic Bike Race head through Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Photo Credit: Spencer McKee (OutThere Colorado)

The Colorado Classic is a four stage bike race that runs from Vail to Denver from August 16-19, 2018. There are Pro and Pro-Am categories, and in addition to the race, the Classic also throws a festival in Denver’s RiNo Art District featuring live music, artists, and vendors throughout the race weekend.

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