Why should the elk have all the fun? As part of this year's Elk Festival, we are running through beautiful Estes Park, come run with us!
With the Fall Season, Estes Park shines in colors and wilderness experiences! Herds of Elk begin to roam the meadows and open fields; while sounds of bugling Bull Elk call out their territory. Join us as we acknowledge this unique season at the RUT RUN 5K as part of ‘ELK FEST’. Kick starting the weekend of events, the 5K (3.1 miles) race offers a short and scenic tour of fall colors, grand views and possible Elk encounters (from a safe distance). Starting and finishing at downtown’s Bond Park, runners, joggers, walkers and strollers, will head west on Elkhorn Ave and join the River Walk path at the Performance Park parking lot. Following the winding and scenic path, you will enjoy the radiant golden Aspen colors, hear the sounds of Fall River and pass by the historic residence of F.O. Stanley on the Wonder View return route. This run will quickly ignite your senses and appreciation for nature and its splendor. After the run, participants enjoy breakfast burritos and receive a beer token for the Elk Fest festivities!
Participants will get a long sleeve shirt and a breakfast burrito! That's not all, those 21 & older will receive a token for a free pint of beer at the expo. Be sure to bring your ID!
Register now before prices go up on race day!
Event details and schedule
Race Day Schedule
- 8:30 a.m. - Registration Opens at the Town Hall
- 9:00 a.m. - 5K Start, Bond Park
- 10:30 a.m. - Awards Ceremony at Bond Park
Awards: 1st and 2nd place male and female overall; then 1st and 2nd place, male and female, in the following categories:15 & under, 16 – 19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over
Parking: South parking lot at Estes Park Visitor Center, on Hwy 36.
Elk Fest is about celebrating Estes Park's additional residents, the Wapiti.
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