Parking for runners will be available at the Soldier Canyon Picnic Area of Lory State Park (708 Lodgepole Dr, Bellvue, CO 80512) beginning at 5:30 a.m. Runners are asked not to enter the start area in Soldier Canyon until the previous wave has departed. Runners may arrive and park in advance.
All runners registered for the race will receive a park pass – good for one vehicle – as part of their entry fee. Any other crew or spectator vehicles will be required to purchase a park entry for $9.
Once the primary Soldier Canyon lot is full, all other vehicles will be directed to park on the side of Lodgepole Drive and, if necessary, further down the main Lory service road. Lodgepole Drive will be restricted to one-way traffic from south to north. Vehicles will enter on the south end of Lodgepole Drive and will fill in the first available space on the right side of the road. Vehicles will exit on the north end of Lodgepole Drive.
If the Lodgepole Drive spur road fills, overflow parking will be directed to the Eltuck picnic area. Late arrivals may need to walk up to a mile to the start of the race. Plan to arrive early to give yourself enough time to walk to the start and check in.
Directions to Lory State Park
For those coming from areas north of Fort Collins, take US 287 to County Road 54G/287B, making a right where signposted for Laporte. Go through the town of Laporte and turn right onto County Road 52E (just before Vern’s gas station and convenience store). Turn left at County Road 23 and go 1.5 miles, before making a right on Lodgepole Drive (following the signs for Lory State Park). Follow Lodgepole Drive/County Road 25G
another 1.5 miles to the park entrance.
For those coming from areas south of Fort Collins, take US 287 to Harmony Road. Make a left and follow Harmony/38e for just over 4 miles to S Centennial Dr/County Road 23. Make another right and then turn left at the bottom of the hill after 1.5 miles to stay on Centennial/Co Rd 23. Follow Centennial north for 4.5 miles and make a left onto Lodgepole Drive/County Road 25G, following it 1.5 miles to the park entrance.
If coming in on I-25 from the south, exit on Harmony Road (exit 265) and follow Harmony Rd/38e west (left) through south Fort Collins for approximately 9 miles to County Road 23, and then pick up directions detailed above.
If coming in on I-25 from the north, exit on Douglas Road/Co Rd 54 (exit 278) and follow it west (left) for 5 miles until it T’s with Shields Rd/Co Rd 17. Take a left on Shields and then a right after 1 mile on Co Rd 14/US 287, continuing west on 54G after a half mile (do not follow 287/14 to the right). After 3 miles, make a slight left onto 52E (just after Vern’s Place) and then another left after a mile onto County Road 23 and go 1.5 miles, before making a right on Lodgepole Drive (following the signs for Lory State Park). Follow Lodgepole Drive/County Road 25G another 1.5 miles to the park entrance.