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.
Our aim is to offer a trail running experience that is challenging, yet accessible to all.
(This trail race takes place in September each year. Visit race website link below for details.)
Location: Colorado, United States
Nearby City: Fort Collins
Race Length: 13.3 miles (21.4 km)
2,200 feet (+165 ft/mi)
Elevation Loss: 2,200 feet (-165 ft/mi)
High Point: 7,400 feet
Low Point: 5,400 feet
85% dirt trails, 15% dirt roads, 0% paved
Website URL: http://gnarrunners.com/black-squirrel-half/ (opens new window)
Race Director: gnarrunners
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.
We will also have a fun and free kids trail race on a 1 mile loop beginning and ending from the start/finish area of the main race.
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Submitted On: 3/04/2022
By: gnarrunners (Race Director)