- 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 12, 2020, 6:00am
9/10/20 – Black Squirrel – Ready to Go!
We have received a couple of emails in recent days asking about the status of the Black Squirrel Trail Half Marathon on Saturday as relates to recent snowfall and the nearby Cameron Peak Fire.
Based on current conditions over the fire (inches of wet snow on the ground with additional high country moisture in the forecast) we do not anticipate air quality issues on race day. As relates to trail conditions, Lory State Park Management has given us a nod of confidence based on the upcoming local forecast that trails will be in good shape come Saturday.
While we are refining our contingency plans for each scenario, you can rest assured that no news is good news moving forward. If anything changes, all participants will be emailed and notices posted on our website & social media.
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.