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Best Trail Running Events Rockies 2023/2024

Best Trail Running Events Rockies 2023/2024

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Strambecco rates the best trail running events Rockies 2023/2024 based on various factors, including reputation, route quality, location, runner feedback, and the event’s or race’s overall uniqueness.  Spanning Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming,  Rocky Mountain terrain features of Strambecco’s best list include tall peaks, canyons, basins and valleys, forested regions, and sublime single-track running.   You can expect lots of elevation gain and events at high base elevations.

If we had to pick the best of the best trail running events Rockies 2023/2024, or those you’d classify as bucket list events, we’d recommend the Audi Power of Four Trail Run in July, an Aspen/Snowmass classic, or the prestigious Leadville Trail 100.  We’d also recommend looking at events making up the Leadville Race Series, all qualifier events for the Leadville Trail 100 every year in August.  We also strongly correlate the best events and professional event producers.  In the Rockies, premiere event producers include Life Time Events, Leadville Race Series, and Gemini Adventures.

Strambecco does not list every event.  We strive to identify and review events that are special and noteworthy.  If you have suggestions on other events we should consider or review, please get in touch with us here or send us a note at

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Golden Leaf Half Marathon

Chosen by Trail Runner Magazine as one of “America’s 14 Most Scenic Races” and Colorado Runner Magazine as a top Half Marathon, the Golden Leaf Half Marathon is one of the most…
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The Bear 100

The Bear 100 Endurance Run joins the ranks of some of the world's most challenging and scenic trail races, and is one that the team at Strambecco considers to be one of…

Crested Butte Ultra

At the beginning of Fall,  runners from around the world will converge on the idyllic town of Crested Butte, Colorado, for an event that promises to challenge the body, thrill the spirit,…

Desert RATS Trail Running Festival

For the distance and trail junkies out there, Gemini Adventures brings you the Desert RATS Trail Running Festival, an exciting and fun event that started in 2003 and has made its way…

Adventure Fest

Adventure Fest is a unique multi-sport experience in Fruita, Colorado, near Utah's border, combining MTB, Gravel, and a Trail Running event in a one-weekend festival celebrating backcountry racing.   Premier regional event operator…
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Fruita Trail Half Marathon

The Fruita Trail Half Marathon is a part of Adventure Fest, a unique multi-sport experience in Fruita, Colorado, near Utah's border, combining MTB (Sarlacc Attack), Gravel (Dirty Edge Gravel), and a Trail…

Bighorn Trail Run

The Bighorn Trail Run in Wyoming is an epic endurance race as technical as beautiful.  It is a Rocky Mountain Slam event and a qualifier for the UTMB World Series. The Bighorn…

Leadville Trail Marathon & Heavy Half

The Leadville Trail Marathon and Heavy Half is arguably the nation's toughest and highest-altitude marathon.  The route takes trail runners through the historic mining district’s challenging trails to the highest point of…
Sole runner in Leadville Trail 100 run camp

Leadville Trail 100 Run Camp

Leadville Trail 100 Run Camp is a perfect way to kick off the summer and practice for all trail running events in Leadville Race Series. This is truly an experience that is…
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Silver Rush 50 Run

Silver Rush 50 is part of the Leadville Race Series, a unique high-altitude trail running event that is both a component of the LT100 Run Qualification system and a preparation race for…
trail runner at hardrock 100 endurance race

Hardrock 100 Endurance Run

The Hardrock 100 Endurance Run is an ultramarathon of 102.5 miles in length, plus 33,197 feet of climb and 33,197 feet of descent for a total elevation change of 66,394 feet, at…
trail runner at audi power of four trail run

Power of Four Trail Run

The Audi Power of Four Trail Run is a premier endurance event utilizing the challenging and unique terrain of the four peaks of The Aspen Snowmass Mountains – Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands,…
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Aspen Backcountry Marathon and Heavy Half

Aspen Parks & Recreation presents the annual Aspen Backcountry Marathon and Heavy Half Marathon and offers two options available - you can choose to run on dirt trails through the beauty of…
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Emerald Mountain Epic Trail

The Emerald Mountain Epic Trail is one of the most well-attended and beloved trail running events in Colorado and the entirety of the United States. Attracting everyone from first-timers to pros, Steamboat…
trail runner at leadville 10k run

Leadville 10K Run

Nestled in the heart of Colorado's Rocky Mountains, the Leadville Trail 10K, produced by Life Time Events, offers an extraordinary opportunity for trail running enthusiasts to experience the magic of the Leadville…
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