Crested Butte Trail Running: 2022 Runs & Races

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Crested Butte’s epic hiking and mountain biking trails make for idyllic trail runs. The athletic community here is strong, only surpassed by the camaraderie in welcoming all levels of participants and a desire to keep it casual and fun. Warning: The runs found here will quickly make you forget any mundane park laps taken in the city or suburbs and have you yearning for dramatic mountain views the next time you lace your shoes up.


Crested Butte Mountain Runners Fun Runs

Featuring fun, free runs throughout the Gunnison Valley. Runs range from short 3 miles, to epic 20+ miles or more, check out this page for full list of runs.

7/16 – Grin and Bear It Trail Run

Continuously run for three decades, The Grin & Bear It stands as Crested Butte’s oldest trail challenge. Historically presented as a sprint to Green Lake and back, this classic event has evolved to offer a 25k Loop competition, while still maintaining the traditional 15k Classic race. More info or to register: Click Here

Featured Run – 7/23

Living Journeys Half Marathon

  • Saturday, July 23rd
  • Pledge to raise funds and register for free!
  • 13.1 Miles on Crested Butte mountain
  • Cash prize of $500 for top finishers
  • Support community members fighting cancer

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Run to support our community members who are fighting cancer and honor the friends and families we have lost. Sign up to be a FUNdraiser and your registration fee will be refunded once you’ve met your FUNdraising goal. This breathtaking 13.1-mile course ascends from 9,370 feet in elevation to 11,472 feet.  Participants start at the base of Crested Butte Mountain Resort and climb through aspen stands and alpine meadows along a single-track trail.

9/3 – Summer Grand Traverse Trail Run

The Grand Traverse Mountain Run is a point-to-point ultra marathon from Crested Butte to Aspen, Colorado. The course follows the route of the Grand Traverse Backcountry Ski race. In total, runners travel 40 miles across the Elk Mountains with over 6,000′ of elevation gain.For more information and to register: Click Here

9/17 – Camp 4 Coffee Cart to Cart

Both courses start and finish at Camp 4 Coffee in Crested Butte South. Choose either 10 mile or 19 mile courses. Both runs are predominantly on single track trail with some dirt road and a small length of paved road. The trails range from smooth dirt to rocky. The courses will be marked with directional arrows and ribbon. More info or to register: Click Here

9/25 – Emma Coburn’s Elk Run 5k

Emma Coburn, winner of 2017 World Championship Steeplechase, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, 2019 World Silver medalist, 9 time US Champion, and one of Crested Butte’s most recognized athletes founded the race in 2017. The picturesque 3.1 mile course in Crested Butte begins and ends at historic 3rd and Elk Ave, make your way out Peanut Rd and take in the incredible views before coming back down a fast finish on Elk Ave. Charitable Giving: The race supports Living Journeys and has provided over $215,000 in the first 5 years. This year the goal is the raise $75,000. More info or to register: Click Here

10/15 – Sage Burner Trail Run

Sage Burner Trail Race is hosted in the Hartman Rocks Recreation Area of Gunnison, Colorado. Nearby Black Canyon National Park, the race is true to its name, as the hills are covered in sagebrush. The unique 360 degree views of the Maroon Bells, San Juan Mountains, and the Gunnison Basin, make for a great day out on the trails. The race offers some technical slickrock, some smooth singletrack, and doubletrack for speed. Come check out this fall trail event! Choose from 50k, 28k, or 13k courses. For more race details: Click Here