Rescue Run 2019 Tue, Jan 01 @ 10:00 AM

Rain, Snow or 20 Below

Palmer Park, Maizeland Entrance

Race Director

Neal Taylor

Race Date

  • 5K 10K, Tue, Jan 01

General Information

This is a New Year's Day tradition in Colorado Springs.  The race doesn't start till 10 AM, so you can still see in the New Year and be plenty refreshed to tackle the challenging 5K and 10K courses in Palmer Park.  Bring your friends and family and start the New Year with some healthy competition and even better camaraderie.  You won't regret it.
Race Beneficiary

Proceeds of this race go to the El Paso County Search & Rescue (EPCSAR). The EPCSAR is an all-volunteer organization that provides search and mountain rescue services in El Paso County. If somebody gets hurt on Pikes Peak, lost on our many trails, drives off the Pikes Peak Highway, EPCSAR is there to help. Members buy their own equipment and contribute hundreds of volunteer hours for the community. During snow storms, EPCSAR volunteers are out in the storm tending to stranded motorists.

The EPCSAR never charges for their services, year round, 24 hours a day.

Kids Races 9:30 am

For kids of all ages, there will be kids races divided into three divisions, as follows.

  • Diaper Derby 50 yards
  • Toddler Trot 1/4 mile
  • School-Age Sprint 1 mile

These are all untimed events. Parents are asked to sign a waiver for their child on race morning. All kids will receive a ribbon.

The kids races are free.


For both 5K & 10K, male & female:

Top 3 Overall

Top 3 in each age group. Age groups are 0-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

Overall award winners are not eligible for age group awards.

The race is chip timed. Scoring will be done by chip time with the exception of the Top 3 Overall. The Top 3 Overall will be scored by gun time. Note that the age group awards are scored by chip time.

Jon Teisher gets in another Rescue Run.

Members of the El Paso County Search & Rescue check out the course conditions at the 2007 race.

Event History

This event started in 1979, and is one of the longest running races in the Pikes Peak Region. The courses have always been tough with ample hills, which is exactly how the El Paso County Search & Rescue likes it. The race was run out of the Penrose Equestrian Center for several years and followed a hilly course along Lower Gold Camp Road.

The race motto is "Rain, Snow, or 20 Below." Usually the weather is ok, but there have been years when winter decided to join the race. The organizers have never cancelled the race, but one year the Colorado Springs Police cancelled the event because of snow, ice and blizzard conditions. However, some runners still went out and ran the course that year in all of winter's glory.

The course moved to Palmer Park in 1995. It has used the same course in Palmer Park since then except in 2000. In 2000, or Y2K, organizers were unable to secure police assistance to close the roads in Palmer Park. This is because the police were worried about all the Y2K disasters that were supposed to happen and assigned all officers to Y2K duties on January 1st. Thus in 2000, race organizers used a different course in Palmer Park that did not cross any of the roads, thus no police assistance was required.




Course Information

The courses are challenging and hilly. The 5K course is entirely on paved roads and is an out-and-back. It's all uphill on the way out, and all downhill on the way back. There is one water stop at the turn-around point.

The 10K course is a combination out-and-back and loop course, and is on paved roads, gravel roads, and dirt trails. The first mile is all uphill, then it is flat to rolling for the next couple of miles. Then there's another uphill stretch for about a mile. The last mile and a half or so are pretty much all downhill. The views on the 10K course are spectacular, with panoramic views of Pikes Peak and the Front Range mountains.

5K/10K Selection: The race is being chip timed, thus there will be a single finish chute. Therefore you need to select your distance ahead of time so that we have it correct in the computer. If you decide not to run your selected distance, please notify us at, and we'll update it in the computer.


From southbound I-25

  • Take the Garden of the Gods Exit (Exit 146)
  • Head east (away from the mountains) on Garden of the Gods Road
  • After you cross Nevada Ave, the road name changes to Austin Bluffs Parkway
  • Proceed on Austin Bluffs Parkway to N Academy Blvd
  • Turn right onto N Academy Blvd
  • Proceed to Maizeland Road
  • Turn right onto Maizeland Road
  • Take the next right into Palmer Park. The staging area is west of the bathrooms.

From northbound I-25

  • Take the Uintah Exit (Exit 144)
  • Head east (away from the mountains) on Uintah
  • Turn slight left at Palmer Park Blvd (you'll be heading NE)
  • At Union Blvd, turn slight right and stay on Palmer Park Blvd
  • Turn left at N Academy Blvd
  • Turn left at Maizeland Road
  • Take the next right into Palmer Park. The staging area is west of the bathrooms.
more information from RRCA on the policy Following guidelines from the Road Runners of Clubs of America (RRCA), Pikes Peak Road Runners discourages and in most cases, does not allow use of headphones in its races. The rationale for this is simple: the majority of our races are held on trails, which are crowded with many other runners (and sometimes other trail users). Maintaining one’s sensory capacity during such situations is paramount for the safety of all participants.