- Start: Lory State Park, Fort Collins, CO.
- Distance: 13.1 miles with close to 2,000 feet of vertical gain and descent. Kids: 1 km on gently rolling singletrack.
- Terrain: Dirt, hills, rocks
- Fauna: Black Abert squirrels, black bears, other more colorful animals
- Mode of Transportation: Foot
- Date: Saturday September 6, 2014, 7:00am
Welcome to the website for the inaugural running of the Black Squirrel Half Marathon, which will take place on the wonderful trails of Lory State Park to the northwest of Fort Collins, CO on August 31.
The 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, all of which is highly runnable and largely non-technical (an opinion that is entirely subjective and perhaps open to interpretation). 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, where runners can start chowing down at the post-race barbecue.
We will also have a fun and free kids trail race on a 1km loop beginning and ending from the start/finish area of the main race.
Our aim is to offer a trail running experience that is challenging, yet accessible to all.