Up and Running: The Lowdown on Running at Copper this Summer

You’ve slipped away to Copper Mountain for a relaxing weekend or maybe an action-packed week. You’ve had your glorious fill of turns on this season’s excellent powder. Now the snow has melted and it’s time to lace up your Nike’s to hit those picturesque trails running, because those same trails you carved your skis down last winter will delight your feet this summer.

You’ve slipped away to Copper Mountain for a relaxing weekend or maybe an action-packed week. You’ve had your glorious fill of turns on this season’s excellent powder. Now the snow has melted and it’s time to lace up your Nike’s to hit those picturesque trails running, because those same trails you carved your skis down last winter will delight your feet this summer.

Stephanie Sweeney, Copper Mountain’s public relations whiz and avid trail runner, agrees that the resort is a runner’s dream full of perfect green and blue level trails.

“Running on trails is much easier on your joints than running on the pavement or cement, and you get a high-powered cardio workout as you head up the hill. Most of Copper’s running trails are set up as switchbacks, which makes coming down easier on your knees; and of course it’s a nice reward,” says Sweeney.

“My favorite run heads up to Spaulding Bowl. I take American Eagle lift up to the top of Andy’s Encore and then I start running up toward the bowl. The view of the Ten Mile Range, actually part of the Continental Divide, is incredible,” says Sweeney.

Of course, your favorite alpine route is up to you and you can refer to Copper’s handy Summer Trail Map to get your bearings and plan your course. You can easily access all the running trails from the heart of Center Village. 

If you’re partial to the camaraderie and competition of organized races, Copper’s varied summer lineup will get your adrenaline pumping:

 

  • La Maratona Verticale, Half Marathon and Vertical K - Saturday and Sunday, September 6-7, 2014

Literally translated to “the vertical marathon,” this unique, challenging event brings elite athletes seeking European-style mountain running to Colorado for the first time. The weekend also includes a half marathon, plus the Vertical K - five miles straight up the mountain. “Copper’s course combines ski slopes, trails and mountain roads with three major peaks - Copper Mountain, Tucker Mountain and Union Mountain. It’s full of extremes in climbs, descents and elevation gain,” says Alyssa Godesky, Director of Marketing & Operations for Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports.

 

  • 2nd Annual Colorado Running Festival (Formerly the Copper Mountain Half Marathon) – Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13, 2014

Looking for an event for your entire family to enjoy? Colorado’s only running and multi-sport festival includes trail running courses that start and finish at Burning Stone Plaza (half marathon, duathlon, 5k Fun Run, Twilight 10K Fun Run, and Kids ½ Mile Dash) plus a family movie night and pasta lunch on Jack’s sun-splashed patio at the conclusion of each race day. Race director Jeff Stoner gets to the heart of enjoying the moment here at Copper:  “I urge every runner to really take it all in – we’re in the middle of the woods and these awesome mountains.  It’s just gorgeous here.”  

 

  • Warrior Dash, Saturday, August 16th, 2014

If you love mud and tackling a fierce 3-4 mile course with 12 extreme obstacles, this is your race.  Tommy Knecht of Red Frog events says “Warrior Dash is the race for everyone. The Battleground is made for people of all athletic abilities, and this year, we have amped up the level of competition for our elite athletes.” What’s new in the arsenal of fun? “Goliath is the newest addition to the Battleground for 2014. It is the tallest obstacle in Warrior Dash history (standing two stories high) and combines climbing cargo nets, walking high above water on balance beams, and twelve water slides into yet another mud pit,” adds Knecht. After conquering the Battleground, Warriors celebrate with turkey legs, beer steins, and live music at a post-race party in a league of its own. What’s not to love here?

 

 

 

 

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