The Greenland Trail 50K will host the Road Runners Club of America Colorado Ultra Championship. The race is scheduled for May 6, 2017 in Larkspur, Colorado at the Greenland Open Space Park in southern Douglas County, south of Castle Rock, just off I-25. Free elite athlete entries are available online at www.greenland50k.com.
The Greenland 50K is celebrating more than a decade of trail running at Greenland Open Space. In addition to enjoying a wide dirt trail race that travels Colorado’s Front Range Trail, runners and walkers will receive an innovative technical running shirt in both men’s and women’s sizing, a finisher’s medal, chip timing, and a party-like atmosphere at the finish with delicious food and drink, including muffins, pretzels, cookies, and pizza. The race also offers a 25K distance and an 8 mile distance for runners and walkers. New this year, a 4 mile course has been added for runners looking to try trail running but don’t want the commitment of training for a longer event.
“We’re excited to celebrate our 13th year of trail running at Greenland Open Space,” said Derek Griffiths, race director. “The park rangers at Douglas County Open Space have shown us tremendous support through the years. We are proud to partner with the RRCA for this event and to have the honor to host a championship race. But this race isn’t just for elite runners. Runners and walkers of every pace are welcome and everyone will receive a finisher’s medal.”
Race winners will be awarded running shoes. Also, Runners Roost has donated $1,500 in gift certificates that will be given to the top three runners in every age group. Rudy Project has donated additional prizes, such as XX2i sunglasses and hats. There will be free photo downloads after the event, courtesty of Sporthill. The Greenland Trail is a fast course and also very beginner friendly.
The trail running festival benefits the Douglas Land Conservancy. The Douglas Land Conservancy is a non-profit land trust dedicated to the protection and conservation of the natural character, habitat, and open space of the central Front Range region of Colorado, including Douglas County and surrounding areas.
The series is sponsored by the Runners Roost, Sporthill, Rudy Project, Road ID, Gatorade, and Colorado Runner Magazine. The race is a part of the 2017 Trail Runner Trophy Series.
For more information on the races, visit www.greenland50k.com.