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TransRockies Run

August 12 - August 17

Runners at start of TransRockies run

If you are looking for a trail running challenge that will test your endurance, push your limits, and reward you with stunning scenery and unforgettable memories, look no further than the TransRockies Run. This six-day stage race takes you through the rugged and beautiful backcountry of the Colorado Rockies, covering 120 miles and over 20,000 feet of elevation gain. You will also experience the thrill of running on diverse terrain, from dirt roads and singletrack trails to steep climbs and technical descents. You will also enjoy the camaraderie of fellow runners, the support of a professional crew, and the comfort of a well-organized camp.  TransRockies run is part of the TransRockies Race Series and rated by Strambecco as a Rockies Best-In-Class Trail Running Race Event.

The TransRockies Run starts in Buena Vista, Colorado, a small town nestled in the Arkansas River Valley, surrounded by the Collegiate Peaks. Buena Vista is about 140 miles from Denver International Airport, and there are shuttles available to get you there. You will need to book your own accommodation for the night before the race, but plenty of options suit your budget and preferences. You can also choose to camp with the crew at “The Meadows,” where you will have access to showers, toilets, breakfast, and dinner.

The race finishes in Beaver Creek, Colorado, a resort village in the heart of the Vail Valley. Beaver Creek is about 130 miles from Denver International Airport, and there are also shuttles available to get you back. You will need to book your own accommodation for the night after the race, but again, there are plenty of options to choose from. You can also celebrate your achievement with a post-race party and awards ceremony.

Part of the TransRockies Race Series

TransRockies Run is part of the TransRockies Race Series, a series of events that span road cycling, mountain biking, trail running, and gravel biking. The events occur in some of North America's most beautiful and rugged destinations, such as Alberta, British Columbia, Colorado, and Utah.  The TransRockies Race Series is not just for elite athletes. It is designed to cater to both competitive and recreational participants, with different categories, distances, and formats to suit different levels of ability and experience. Whether you want to race solo or as a team for one day or for six days, you will find an event that suits you.

The TransRockies Race Series is also more than just a race. It is an adventure that combines fitness, fun, and friendship. You will get to enjoy the stunning scenery, the diverse terrain, and the friendly atmosphere of each event. You will also get to experience the camaraderie and support of fellow racers, volunteers, and organizers. You will make memories and connections that will last a lifetime.

The TransRockies Race Series features ten events over nearly 40 days annually. Strambecco covers several of their events, including Moab Run the Rocks, Moab Rocks, Moab Fondo Fest which includes the Gran Fondo Moab and Gravel Fondo Moab, Golden Rush, Gran Fondo Badlands, TransRockies Single Track-6, TransRockies Run, TransRockies Gravel Royale, TranSelkirks Run, and the Golden Ultra.

We consider their races and events to be some of the best out there and have been featured in a handful of our popular 'Best' articles including: the best road cycling race events in the Southwest, the best MTB race events in the Southwest, the best gravel cycling race events in the Rockies, the best Mountain Bike Events in the Northwest, and the best cycling race events in all of Canada.

TransRockies Run Routes

The TransRockies Run consists of six stages, each with its own unique challenges and highlights. The routes are subject to change depending on weather and permit approval, but they are designed to showcase the best of the Colorado Rockies. Here is a brief overview of each stage:

  • Stage 1: Buena Vista to Railroad Bridge (20 miles, 2,200 feet of elevation gain). This stage is mostly uphill, with a mix of gravel, rock, sand, trails, and roads. The last 8 miles are downhill to the finish. This stage can be hot and dry, so hydration and sun protection are important.
  • Stage 2: Vicksburg to Twin Lakes (13 miles, 3,100 feet of elevation gain). This stage features the iconic climb to Hope Pass, which is over 12,500 feet high. The trail is steep and technical, with stunning views of the mountains and valleys. The descent is also steep and technical until you reach the lakeshore and the historic village of Interlaken.
  • Stage 3: Leadville to Nova Guides at Camp Hale (24.5 miles, 2,700 feet of elevation gain). This stage is the longest and flattest of the race, with mostly dirt and paved roads. You will run through the historic mining town of Leadville, the highest incorporated city in the US, and along the scenic Tennessee Pass. You will finish at Camp Hale, where the 10th Mountain Division trained during World War II.
  • Stage 4: Nova Guides at Camp Hale to Red Cliff (14 miles, 2,900 feet of elevation gain). This stage is a loop that starts and ends at Camp Hale. You will run on a mix of singletrack, four-wheel drive, and motorized trails, with some steep climbs and descents. You will also cross a suspension bridge over a river and enjoy views of alpine lakes and meadows.
  • Stage 5: Red Cliff to Vail (23.5 miles, 4,100 feet of elevation gain). This stage is the most challenging and rewarding of the race, with the most elevation gain and the most spectacular scenery. You will run on the famous Colorado Trail, which traverses the state from north to south. You will climb over two mountain passes, Kokomo and Searle, both over 12,000 feet high. You will also run through wildflower fields, aspen groves, and pine forests before descending to the resort town of Vail.
  • Stage 6: Vail to Beaver Creek (21.5 miles, 4,100 feet of elevation gain). This stage is the grand finale of the race, with a mix of paved paths, dirt roads, and singletrack trails. You will run along the Gore Creek, through the Vail Golf Course, and up the Vail Mountain. You will then descend to the village of Minturn, where you will have a festive aid station. You will then climb up the Cougar Ridge Trail, which offers panoramic views of the valley, and finally descend to the finish line in Beaver Creek.

Accommodations and Logistics

The TransRockies Run starts in Buena Vista, Colorado, a small town nestled in the Arkansas River Valley, surrounded by the Collegiate Peaks. Buena Vista is about 140 miles from Denver International Airport, and there are shuttles available to get you there. You will need to book your own accommodation for the night before the race, but plenty of options suit your budget and preferences. You can also choose to camp with the crew at “The Meadows,” where you will have access to showers, toilets, breakfast, and dinner.

The race finishes in Beaver Creek, Colorado, a resort village in the heart of the Vail Valley. Beaver Creek is about 130 miles from Denver International Airport, and there are also shuttles available to get you back. You will need to book your own accommodation for the night after the race, but again, there are plenty of options to choose from. You can also celebrate your achievement with a post-race party and awards ceremony.

Uniqueness and Popularity

The TransRockies Run is not just a race; it is an adventure. It is a unique opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful and remote places in the Colorado Rockies while challenging yourself physically and mentally. It is also a chance to meet and bond with like-minded runners worldwide, who share your passion and enthusiasm for trail running. The race is well-organized and supported, with professional staff, volunteers, a medical team, and photographers. You will also enjoy the amenities of a comfortable camp, with spacious tents, hot showers, delicious meals, and nightly entertainment. The race is popular among runners of all levels and backgrounds, who come to experience the thrill, the fun, and the magic of the TransRockies Run.

If you are interested in joining the TransRockies Run, you can register online at the official website. You can choose to run solo or in a team of two, and you can also opt for a hotel package upgrade if you prefer not to camp. The race is limited to 350 runners, so don’t wait too long to secure your spot. The TransRockies Run is an adventure of a lifetime and one that you will never forget.

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