We’ve had several emails asking about the status of our 2012 event and the impact of the High Park fire.
As of now, the fire has been 100% contained and none of the trail systems that the Blue Sky Marathon runs on have been affected. The fire reached the northwest border of Lory State park but crews were able to contain it at the border of the Timber Trail and Well Gulch. All trails in Lory State Park are in good shape and are currently open to the public. Horsetooth Mountain Park and the Devil’s Backbone Open Space were not affected by the fire.
The current fire containment doesn’t mean that it is out completely. It will take a large amount of rain or more likely snow later this fall to fully put out the fire. So there is still a risk that it could restart at some point this summer. The majority of our Blue Sky Marathon course runs through the Devil’s Backbone Open Space where there is little to no risk of fire on the actual course. But there is still a chance that our race could be cancelled due to park or road closures from fire activity in our area.
Every year there is always a chance that park management could cancel our event due to extreme rain and mud, snow, or fire. But we feel that the risk of cancelling our race this year is no greater than any other year and plan to proceed with the event as usual.
For the most accurate maps and news updates, you can check out the DTS Wildfire site here: