If you prefer pounding the pavement to paddling the surf, Salida has more than its fair share of race options for you as well. There are over 300 identified hiking trails, run courses, bike paths, and roads in the immediate vicinity of Salida, and thousands more miles of trails to explore in the surrounding Sangre De Cristo mountain range and the San Luis Valley. You could run your entire life and not run the same route twice. But what if you’re looking for more than rock-hopping and frolicking through the forest? Here’s a list of road races, trail races, and ultras that are within a stone’s throw of Salida, CO.
FIBark 5K & 10K Road Races, and 10K Trail Race – A great way to kick off a day of whitewater hijinks!
Run Through Time Marathon, ½ Marathon, and 2 Mile Fun Run – 26.2 miles, 11.7 on singletrack mountain trails, 4,750 feet of climbing, and 450 runners. May the best runner win!
Two Turkey Relay – Find a friend and run back to back legs on this 2 mile course through downtown Salida.
Sleeping Indian Hill Climb and 28K – the Sleeping Indian takes place during the annual 14er fest held every September in neighboring Buena Vista. The hill climb is an intense 5.8 mile “sprint” on local trails, while the 28k is a challenging ½ marathon through the surrounding mountains.
Collegiate Peaks Trail Run – Collegiate Peaks Trail Run starts out of Buena Vista, CO and includes grueling 25 and 50 mile runs through some of Colorado’s most pristine mountain landscapes.
National High School Trail Running Championships – a 6 mile trail race out of Salina that is open to all comers entering grades 8-12 in the next calendar year.
High Lonesome 100 – If you’re a glutton for punishment, the High Lonesome 100 is a 100 mile trail race through the beautiful Sawatch Mountains. Topping out at 13,150 feet of elevation, and with more than 24,500 feet of vertical climbing, this epic ultramarathon trail race draws elite runners from across the nation and the globe.