Greenland Open Space
1532 E Noe Rd
Larkspur, CO 80118
The Greenland Trail Race will take place at the Greenland Open Space. Greenland Open Space is located four miles south of Larkspur (10 miles south of Castle Rock) and six miles north of Monument (20 miles north of Colorado Springs). Take 1-25 to exit 167, travel west 1/4 mile and then south 1/2 mile to the Greenland trailhead. There is limited parking at this parking lot. Overflow parking is located just over the railroad tracks at the Spruce Meadows parking area. Please follow the instructions of the parking crew upon arrival.
The Greenland Trail Race course is located within over 3,000 acres of the Greenland Open Space. Part of the Colorado Front Range Trail, the Greenland Trail joins into the Old Territorial Road, connecting the old Greenland Town site to Palmer Lake. The course passes through native grasslands, by ponds, through rolling Gamble oak hills and skirts ponderosa pine forests allowing for outstanding views of Pikes Peak and the surrounding buttes.
Starting from the northern trailhead, the course travels south on the Old Territorial Road. At the first intersection, runners will continue to head south (straight) towards Palmer Lake. After 1.3 milers, runners in the four mile will turn up and onto the Luge Trail and connect with the Kipps Loop Trail to the finish. The four mile race course is approximately 4.25 miles. After 3.5 miles, eight milers, 25K runners and 50K runners will turn left onto the Kipps loop and run up and over the saddle, which is the high point of the course at 7,400 feet, at five miles. The next three miles are all downhill to the eight mile finish. Runners will make a right on the Greenland Trail at seven miles. 50K and 25K runners will run to their respective turn-around points and then follow the Greenland Trail back to the Old Territorial Road where they will veer left and follow the above route again. Eight mile and four mile runners will run straight to the finish line at the shelter area. 50K runners will compete the loop four times before heading to the finish, while 25K runners will run the loop twice before going to the finish.
The entire course is run on dirt trails. With wide, smooth double track trails, the Greenland Trail 50K is a very fast course and also very beginner friendly. There will be an aid station at mile 3.5 and 7.5 of each loop. There will be no aid stations in the four mile race. Each aid station will provide Gatorade drink and water. There will be gels at each station for the 50K and 25K runners, starting on the second lap. There will also be a variety of salty food items. We encourage runners in the 25k and 50K to carry their own refillable bottles. This will help us to decrease the amount of paper waste we produce at our aid stations.
There will be a portable restroom placed at the southern edge of the course, at the 3.5 mile aid station.
Click here for the Douglas County Open Space map of Greenland open Space.
The finish line will close at 3:00 PM on Saturday and 10:30 AM on Sunday.
Lodging and Camping:
The nearest hotels are located in Castle Rock to the north and Monument to the south. Click here to search hotels in Castle Rock. Click here to search hotels near Monument.
We have partnered with the Comfort Suites of Castle Rock to provide a group rate of $89/night for participants of the race. If you wish to book with this rate, please call the hotel directly at 303-814-9999, option 2 and state you are a part of the Greenland Trail Races. Here is some info on the hotel.
At the Comfort Suites of Castle Rock, we strive to be your home away from home, whether that is for an extended stay or a short time. We offer spacious accommodations with our studio non-smoking suites. The king suites can accommodate up to three people and the queen suites allow up to five. A complimentary hot breakfast is available every day that includes eggs, sausage, and two different flavors of waffles. Our location also has an indoor pool and hot tub, as well as a fitness center and business center to fit all of your needs. Pet friendly rooms are available upon request. For more info: www.choicehotels.com/co154
There is no camping in the parking lot at Greenland Open Space. If you want to camp before the race, there are two campgrounds located within ten miles of the race site. Jellystone RV Park in Larkspur (www.jellystonelarkspur.com) and Colorado Heights Camping Resort in Monument (www.coloradoheights.com).
If you plan to fly to Colorado to run this event, Colorado Springs is the closest airport, about 30 miles from the race location. Denver International Airport is approximately 60 miles from the race location.