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. Get the most of high alpine trail running in the Grand Traverse Mountain Run & Bike happening September 1 – 2, 2018! Its a 40 mile run to Aspen on the 1st, and bike to CB on the 2nd–this is one awesome race you don’t want to miss!
Crested Butte Mountain Runners Fun Runs
Featuring fun, inexpensive runs (non-members $5/race) throughout the Gunnison Valley. Runs range from short 3 miles, to epic 20+ miles, check out this page for full list of runs.
7/4 – Gothic to Crested Butte 1/3 Marathon
A great way to start your Independence Day is with this event, which benefits the nonprofit Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (RMBL). The 8.56 mile course starts at 8am in the mining town of Gothic and winds through the aspen trees and meadows to Mt. Crested Butte before ending in downtown Crested Butte. Shuttle buses from Crested Butte transport all participants to the starting line in Gothic. To register: Click Here
7/14 – Grin and Bear It Trail Run
A trail running race from the Town of Crested Butte to Green Lake at the base of Mount Axtel. Participants start at the Crested Butte Nordic Center and climb up to Journey’s End Road on the Bench where they will then turn onto the Green Lake Trail. The 4.5 mile trail winds its way up and over Gibson’s Ridge, across Trapper’s Road, ending at Green Lake. Runners then return on the same route, finishing at the Nordic Center. To register: Click Here
7/28 – Living Journeys Half Marathon & Summit Hike
Join Living Journeys for a half marathon to the top of the Silver Queen Lift at Crested Butte Mountain Resort through aspen groves, wildflowers, and to an elevation of 11,472 feet! raise money to provide support, education and awareness to those living with cancer. The Crested Butte Summit Hike is a fund raising event to benefit people living with cancer and their loved ones. Money raised from the hike helps recipients pay medical bills and alleviate the stress of daily living expenses during their cancer treatments. If the half marathon isn’t your thing, you can do the summit hike instead, with the option to hike from the base area (11.5 miles) or from the top of the Silver Queen Lift (2 miles round trip). To register: Click Here
9/1 – Summer Grand Traverse Trail Run
The Grand Traverse Mountain Run and Bike will take place the first weekend in September. This supported route is close to the 40 miles and is similar to the route that skiers have done since 1998. The Trail Running race will start at 6:00am on Saturday, from Crested Butte, while the mountain bike race will start a 8:00am on Sunday, from Aspen.
Racers will start on Elk Ave at 6:00am, run to the Upper Upper Loop trail via Tony’s, over to Brush Creek Road, and out to Canal Trail. They will continue on through Death Pass (Trail 400) to Star Pass to Taylor Pass and Richmond Ridge and into the Aspen Ski Resort for the Finish at the base of Aspen Mountain. Racers may do the run solo or as a team of two. With the team entry, both teammates will run the entire course. This is not a relay race. Both teammates must arrive at each check point together and finish the race together. For more information and to register: Click Here
9/22 – Camp 4 Coffee Cart to Cart
Take in the fall colors and Vinotok festival in Crested Butte for this event put on by CB Mountain Runners. Choose from either a half marathon or 19 mile course. The 19 mile course will run from Crested Butte to Crested Butte South and the half marathon will shuttle to Brush Creek road and then follow the 19 mile course to the finish. The start and registration will be at Camp 4 coffee at 4th and Elk in Crested Butte and the finish at Camp 4 coffee in CB South. Transport back to Crested Butte will be provided. Entry fee to this run is $20 for non members and $15 for members and includes a cool collectable coffee mug for all finishers. To register: Click Here
10/27 – Sage Burner Trail Run
Hartman Rocks is known for its epic singletrack and why not race it!? Its grueling desert racing that will have you aching! The 25k and 50k races will start at 7:00 am at Hartman’s rocks (directions: *Approximately 3.5 miles from Downtown Gunnison – drive time about 5 minutes). The finish area at the base of Hartman’s will have plenty of food, snacks and refuel drinks. Come prepared for any weather! For more race details: Click Here