- Start: Lory State Park, Fort Collins, CO.
- Distance: 13.1 miles with close to 2,000 feet of vertical gain and descent.
- Terrain: Dirt, hills, rocks
- Fauna: Black Abert squirrels, black bears, other more colorful animals
- Mode of Transportation: Foot
- Date: Saturday September 11, 2021, 7:00am
The 9th running of the Black Squirrel Trail Half Marathon will take place on September 11th, 2021.
Priority Registration for deferred entries from this past year will open on December 15, 2020. General registration will open December 18.
We hope for close-to-normal conditions on race day, as related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Current race information reflects a normal year. Details may change as race day approaches, and any changes will be communicated to registered runners well in advance. For reference, here are the 2020 COVID Safety Protocols.
The Black Squirrel Trail Half Marathon will take place on the wonderful trails of Lory State Park to the northwest of Fort Collins, CO.
The trail half marathon course offers a tour of the outer boundaries of Lory State Park, providing breathtaking views to the east of Horsetooth Reservoir, Fort Collins and the Great Plains; and to the West of the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountain swell.
The race covers a variety of terrain, with a mix of moderately technical and non-technical trails. After a mile of dirt roads, the trail ascends a little under four miles and 1,500 feet to the apex of the course at 7,000 feet on Lory’s west ridge. The views are well worth the climb. A rapid and somewhat technical descent follows, leaving three and a half miles of beautiful, gently rolling hardpacked singletrack into the finish. Finishers can start chowing down at the post-race pancake breakfast and kick back and enjoy the post-race party.
Our aim is to offer a trail running experience that is challenging, yet accessible to all.