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XTERRA Trail Run, Golden Gate Canyon State Park Colorado

XTERRA Golden Golden Gate Canyon

The inaugural Xterra Golden Gate Canyon State Park trail run is scheduled for September 24, 2017. This course best exemplifies the spirit of the XTERRA Trail Run offering a 7k and 20K distances.

This event is open to runners of all ages and skill levels. The course is stunning and beautiful, with single track running through alpine meadows, pine forests, and golden aspens during peak fall colors, plus stunning views of the continental divide. Experienced distance runners can opt for the 20K course, beginners can take the 7K challenge.

The 7K trail course will take runners through Aspen shaded trails, Willow, Adler, and Blue Spruce trees with an elevation gain of 980 feet. The 20K course is the longest trail in the park that takes you through undulating hills, open meadow, aspen groves, and dense evergreen forests and offers an elevation gain of 1230 feet.

This Xterra trail run is challenging with altitude beginning at 7720 feet. It will deliver the best surrounding scenic views of the wilderness areas and the Continental Divide.

A Peter Maksimow signature course!

Peter Maksimow The designer and course manager of our XTERRA Trail Run Series is Peter Maksimow, as known as “The Prez". An elite mountain, trail, ultra runner and member of the silver medal-winning US team at the 2015 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. His Instagram profile tells us a bit about him: @petermaksimow "Mountain runner, mustached crusader, Inov-8er, beer connoisseur, Kokopelli Kids coach, Head Honcho of Team Colorado, Barr Trail Mountain Race director, male model, American Trail Running Association, tree hugger, bearded perfectionist, award-winning home brewer, free thinker, Enduro Bite’er, faithful husband to Nora, Manitou Brewing Co’er, and all the other things I forgot to mention."

To list a few of Peter's accomplishments: 2X Team USA Long Distance Mountain Running team member (Zermatt, Switzerland 2015 team silver; Podbrdo, Slovenia 2016), Team USA Mountain Running (Wellington, NZ 2005, alternate), 7X Top Ten finisher at the Pikes Peak Ascent, 3rd at the 2016 US 30K National Championship (Colorado Springs, CO), 2nd at the 2012 Jeremy Wright Memorial North American Snowshoe Championship–Jeremy is the guy that first got me interested in Mountain Running, he was killed by an IED in Afghanistan--RIP soldier! (Vail, CO), 5th at the 2015 US 50K Road Championship (Long Island, NY), 4X Champion of the Greenland Trail 50K and 2nd fastest trail 50K run in the state of Colorado, 3:18:55 (Larkspur, CO). Peter is a sponsored by inov-8, Enduro Bites, Swiftwick Socks and Manitou Brewing Company.

With our signature Peter Maksimow designed trail course, coupled with 100% Colorado dirt trails, you are sure to experience exhilarating moments every runner lives for.

Why wait? - Get your pass today!

Race Limited to 200 entries Starting at $45


Cup-Free Racing! Surveys shows most runners dislike paper cups at race aid stations. That is why Xterra Trail Run Colorado Series have gone Cup-Free. That means less litter, trash, and waste.

Cup-Free Racing is Easy!
  • Bring your favorite personal hydration device. Xterra handheld bottle, hydration belt/flask, or any other refillable container
  • Fill it at every aid station
  • Drink, it's that easy...

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The Xterra Trail Run Golden Gate Canyon State Park in Golden Colorado has an Elevation Gain/Change of 980/1230 feet.

Event details and schedule:

Friday: Packet pick-up, Friday September 22rd at the Runner Roost 1685 S Colorado Blvd J, Denver, CO 80222 from 5pm to 8pm

Saturday: Packet pick-up and registration, Saturday September 23rd at the Golden Gate Canyon from 11:00am to 4:00pm,
Visitor Center 92 Crawford Gulch Rd, Golden, CO 80403

Race Day Information:
  • 7:00am Sponsor Exhibitor Area Opens at the Red Barn Picnic Area (across from Nott Creek Trail head)
  • 7:00am to 8:30am Race day registration & packet pick-up
  • 9:00am- 7K Start
  • 9:10am- 20K Start
Stuff You Get

All participants will receive the following:
  • FREE Shuttle Service from Gilpin County Fairgrounds Parking Lot
  • Xterra handlheld water bottle
  • Soft cotton race t-shirt – subject to availability for race day registrations
  • Finisher medal
  • Post Event Festival Grub
  • More to come!

Aid Stations:
We will be sending an email the week of your race with the number of aid stations. All aid stations will have both Gatorade and water, in addition PowerBar Gels will also be available on the course.

We do not have any time limits in place for this trail running event. We do encourage anyone planning to walk the entire course to avoid participating in the longest distance of the day. This September race is held in high hunting season and we need to leave the park by 1pm. That being said, you are certainly able to walk during an event if you need to. There will always be an XTERRA team member waiting until the last runner is off the course.

Parking and Shuttle Service:
There are 75 automotive parking passes sold for $10 each. Our hope and expectations are paid parking participants will be carrying multiple racers/spectators. Paid parking will receive printed permits to park at the race start/finish area (Nott Creek Trail head). The remainder of the racers/spectators will be shuttled every 15 minutes to and from the Gilpin County Fairgrounds Parking Lot (230 Norton Drive, Black Hawk, CO 80422) 4 miles west of the park visitor center on Hwy 46.

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Race Day
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CHECK BACK OFTEN! With the recent announcement of Xterra Colorado Trail Run Series you can expect our sponsors list to grow over the next several months so please check back soon and often to support the wonderful companies that make this event possible.
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