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.
Parking for 50 mile runners will be available at the Soldier Canyon Picnic Area of Lory State Park beginning at 4:00am and for 25 mile runners beginning at 6:00am.
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.
Parking spaces adjacent to the Soldier Canyon start/finish area will be given to carpools of 2 or more registered runners on a first come – first serve basis.
All other vehicles will be directed to park in the Timber trailhead lot and on the east side of the Lodgepole Drive spur 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.
**Please give yourself an extra 20-30 minutes to park and get to the race start on time. Late arrivals may have up to 1 mile or longer to walk to the start.**
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.
Crew, families and spectators can provide aid or catch up with the race action at the aid stations located at the Arthur’s Rock trailhead and the Horsetooth Mountain trailhead.
The Arthur’s Rock trailhead is easily accessed from the start/finish area by driving 2 miles south on the main Lory Park access road.
The Horsetooth Mountain Park trailhead is located approximately 13 miles – or 25 minutes – from Lory State Park. It can be accessed by taking Lodgepole Dr out of Lory State Park to County Road 23/Centennial, and then heading south (right) along the east side of Horsetooth Reservoir. After 4.5 miles on Centennial, make a right up the hill to stay on Co Rd 23 for another 1.5 miles. Make a right on 38e and follow the road around the south side of the Reservoir for 4.5 miles. The Horsetooth Mountain Park trailhead is about a mile past the Canyon Bar and Grill at the crest of the hill on the right.
Access to Horsetooth Mountain Park will require a Larimer County annual permit or a $9 day-use fee (this is separate from the Lory State Park pass). Parking for crews and spectators is not guaranteed and if we have a nice day, the main Horsetooth parking lot is likely to fill up. We highly encourage crews to carpool. Anyone looking for a ride or with space to offer can check in at the finish line timing tent before heading over to Horsetooth. And if you happen to get a space on a busy day at the trailhead, please make sure that you leave as quickly as possible after meeting your runner so that other crews and park users can get in.
Overflow parking for crews/spectators arriving at the Soldier Canyon finish area later in the race will be at the park Visitor Center lot or the Eltuck picnic area lot. Overlflow parking will be allowed on the East side of the road only between the spur road and Eltuck picnic area. No parking is allowed anywhere on the West side of the park road.