Virtually travel along the Continental Divide Scenic Trail (CDT), a trail that starts at the Canadian border in Montana and finishes at the Mexican border in New Mexico.

Virtually travel the full length of the CDT or any of the state segments. Solo or with a team!

The Challenge

Set a goal to run, walk, bike, and more along a part of the Continental Divide Scenic Trail. Maybe your goal is to complete 100 miles. Perhaps you want to run the entire length of the trail through Idaho, for 282 miles. Or you can create a team and complete the entire distance!

Extending nearly 2,890 miles from Canada to Mexico, the CDT is a living museum of the American West, a place to reconnect with nature, and a unifying force bringing people of all walks of life together. You can take as long as you want to complete your personal mileage goal, starting anytime. Do it solo or with a team. This challenge should provide you with a test of your fitness and a chance to increase your training no matter how many miles you exercise weekly.

Want to shoot for a single state or maybe two? Here are the CDT miles covered in each state. Remember, the goal is to be fit!

Idaho = 282 Miles
Wyoming = 511 Miles
Montana = 621 Miles
Colorado = 706 Miles
New Mexico = 770 Miles

How It Works

Most importantly, have fun! You can use any form of non-motorized transport (running, walking, biking, swimming, SUP, Kayak, elliptical) anywhere you want, whenever you want. Go outside or on a treadmill or trainer. Average 3 miles a day or 10 miles a day – there are no set requirements. You can connect your trackable device to our online tracker to have your activities auto synced. You can also manually enter your mileage. There is no end date to complete this challenge. Take as long as you want.

What You Get and What it Costs

For $60, you will receive a custom technical trucker hat from BOCO Gear (a local Colorado company), a custom medal that doubles as a belt buckle, and a neck gaiter.. Check out the designs in the photos. For an additional $25, you can add on a super soft long sleeve hooded t-shirt. Shipping is included in the price.

Colorado Runner Events is proud to introduce the ability to auto sync your activities. This means there is no need for you to manually add your miles! This is currently available for the following devices – FitBit, Garmin, Polar, and Coros. You can also auto sync your activities from a Strava account. Everyone who registers will be given an event specific code to use to add your profile to the results tracker. This code is found in you confirmation email. Instructions on how to sync your results are also found in the confirmation email.

Do you want to get your challenge for free? Then refer your friends! For each person who registers using your unique URL (provided on your confirmation), you will get a refund of $5, up to the cost of your entry (not including any add on purchases).

The Cause

A portion of the entry fee will be donated to the Continental Divide Trail Coalition. The mission of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition is to complete, promote, and protect the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. The CDTC will do this by building a strong and diverse trail community, providing up-to-date information to the public, and encouraging conservation and stewardship of the Trail, its corridor, and surrounding landscapes.

About the Continental Divide Trail

The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) is one of the most significant trail systems in the world. Established by Congress in 1978, it spans 2,890 miles between Mexico and Canada, traverses five states and connects countless communities along the spine of the Rocky Mountains.

The CDT encounters some of the most dramatic and wild landscapes left on the planet as it traverses the backbone of America: the Great Continental Divide, which separates the watersheds that drain into the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic Oceans. One of the world’s greatest long-distance trails, the CDT is the highest, most challenging, and most remote of our 11 National Scenic Trails.

Thousands of people visit the CDT each year to hike, horseback ride, hunt, fish, mountain bike, ski, and enjoy the landscapes of the American West. For the long-distance hiking community, the CDT is one-third of the “Triple Crown,” and annually, several hundred people attempt to thru-hike the CDT, walking its entire length in one go – but only about one-third will succeed.

Continental Divide Trail Challenge