Town of Breckenridge to host full range of trail running events

Bethany Michalak runs French Gulch en route to victory in Breckenridge Town’s second virtual race in the Summer 2020 Summit Trail Running Series.
Photo by Vince Hutton / Breckenridge Recreation Department

The town of Breckenridge will host a trail running race this summer on July 4, the Summit Trail Running Series from July to mid-September and two independent races in September.

City of Breckenridge sports and special events coordinator Vince Hutton said the Independence Day 10k run will start at 7 a.m. on July 4.

The July 4th race kicks off the city’s traditional July 4th festivities, which also include the Firecracker 50 mountain bike race, and ends on Main Street. The race, which features two 5.5-mile loops with a vertical gain of 857 feet, has no same-day registration and is limited to 250 runners.

The Summit Trail Running Series will take place every other Wednesday from July 7 to September 15, with all races starting at 5:30 pm Each race will have a short and long course. The first race, July 7, will feature 4 and 7 kilometer options on the Breck Rec / Morning Thunder course. The runners will then run 5 or 8 kilometers on the French Gulch course on July 21.

On August 4, the series will take place over 4 and 9 km courses on Baker’s Tank. Next, runners will take 6 and 14 kilometer courses on Horseshoe Gulch on August 8. The traditional Flumes / Tom’s Baby races will take place on 7 and 11 kilometer courses on September 1 before the end of the series with Carter Park 8K and 14K on September 15.

Hutton said courses and maps are subject to change. There is no same day registration for the series.

The series will return to in-person racing formats this year after runners used the popular Strava GPS app last summer to record their times on pre-marked runs.

This fall, the Falling Leaves 7K Trail Run kicks off at 9 a.m. on September 11, while the Oktoberfest 5K Trail Run kicks off at 10 a.m. on September 25.

The Independence Day 10K trail and other stand-alone events return in 2021 after they did not take place in 2020 in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

You can register for all events on

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