History

May 2018

Currently, the Pikes Peak Road Runners is 44 years old, over 1,500 members, and a local non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of running, personal fitness and community through organizing and managing running events, providing education and training, and creating venues for social and volunteer opportunities in the Pikes Peak region. We believe that running, training and goal-setting enhance physical and emotional health. Hosting running events provides a valuable means to belong to a running community. We believe in encouraging participating in running events for people of all ability levels and acknowledged that volunteer participation is a foundation upon which Pikes Peak Road Runners exists. Of the 242 events that we will undertake in 2018, 11 other non-profit organizations will benefit in their fund raising activities through our consultation and assistance. Total participation is estimated to be near 20,000, when including organizers, volunteers and participants.

History and Program Accomplishments

In 1975, a few dedicated runners (40) from the Colorado Springs YMCA organized the Pikes Peak Track Club. The first club-sponsored event was the All Comers Track Meet in June 1975. On July 19, 1975, the first race, The Pony Express Run, was held in Colorado Springs. This event is still an annual event. In 2012 the Pony Express was canceled due to the Waldo Canyon Fire. In 1976, the club was reorganized and incorporated as the Pikes Peak Road Runners, Inc. and affiliated officially with the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). With this affilitation PPRR also got it's IRS designation of being a 501(c)3 organization. Membership grew to 150. In 1977, membership doubled to 300 and the first Garden of the Gods race (Tom Berg was Director) was held with approximately 350 runners. The Diet Pepsi 10K (Merv Bennett was Director) was also started that year. These two races, along with the Pikes Peak Marathon (Carl McDaniel was Director) made up the Triple Crown of Running, which still draws runners from around the world.

In 1979, the Pikes Peak Road Runners were honored as the "Best Running Club in America" by the RRCA. The 1980's were a growth decade for the club benefiting from the running and fitness boom in the country. The 1990's experienced a decline in membership, but our current membership remains more than 1,500.

We pride ourselves in the fact that we are the largest, totally volunteer, RRCA club member in the state of Colorado.

Fund Raising Efforts

We also pride ourselves in the fact that the races in which our assistance is most required are for the fund raising efforts of non-profit organizations.

  • American Heart Association
  • Beth-El Nursing College
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  • City of Woodland Park
  • Colorado Amateur Sports Corporation
  • Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind
  • Colorado Springs Symphony
  • Colorado Springs Junior League
  • Cripple Creek National Historical District
  • Douglas County Search & Rescue
  • El Paso County Legal Assistance
  • El Paso County Search & Rescue
  • Elbert High School Boosters
  • Evangelical Christian Academy
  • Girls on the Run of the Rockies
  • Kops N Kids
  • Memorial Hospital Cancer Center
  • Mothers Against Drunk Drivers
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • National Artiritis Foundation/Southern Colorado Branch
  • North Colorado Springs Rotary Club
  • Olympic Hall of Fame
  • Penrose Library District
  • Pikes Peak YMCA/USO
  • Security Lions Club
  • Susan G. Komen Foundation
  • Teller County Search & Rescue
  • United State Air Force Academy
  • United State Army
  • United State Association for Blind Athletes
  • Woodmen Valley Chapel

Club Sponsored/Assisted Events

  • Nielson Challenge - a monthly 2-mile handicap run in North Monument Valley Park. Sponsored by the Club at no cost to competitors.

  • Winter Series - a four race series, with two degrees of competition (long series and short series) held in January and February, annually, at four geographically different locations (parks) in El Paso County.

  • Summer Series - the 5 Nielson Challenge races from May to September.

  • Fall Series - a four race, cross-country series held annually in October and November. The race venues are at four geographically different locations (parks) in the Colorado Springs area.

  • Kids Fall Series - A complementary event to the adult Fall Series, with courses and distances appropriate for kids, ages toddlers to teenagers.

  • Super Half Marathon & Game Day 5K - A Half Marathon and 5K held on Super Bowl Sunday.

  • American Discovery Trail Races - A Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K, held on Labor Day.

  • Woody's Tortoise & Hare 5K - A unique handicap race based on gender, age, weight and height.

  • Turkey Trot Predict 5K - A prediction race held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

  • Women's Distance Festival 5K - Support the Girls on the Run of the Rockies, held in May

  • Full Moon Run - A social group training run, held each full moon.

  • Trail Cleanup - Monthy trail cleanup of a section of trail the club has adopted.

  • Pony Express - A 15 mile trail run held in September.

  • Rescue Run - A 5K/10K race held in Palmer Park each New Year's morning. The race is organized by the El Paso County Search & Rescue, and the club provides timing services and course support.

  • Protect The Children - A 5K run generating funds for Court Care, which is a free child daycare at the court, used while parents are conducting court business. The club provides timing services and course support.

  • Cheyenne Mountain Trail Race - Ultra races (50K, 25K, 10K) at Cheyenne Mountain State Park that benefits Achilles Pikes Peak, for sight-impaired and mobility-imparied athletes. The club provides timing services.

  • Kokopelli Kids Trail Running - A kids race series for children from preschool to 8th grade. The club provides timing services.

  • Garden of the Gods 10M/10K - Organized by the Triple Crown of Running. The club provides timing services.

  • Summer Roundup Trail Run - Also organized by the Triple Crown of Running. The club provdes the timing services.

  • Blue Moon Trail Run Series - A series of evening races during the summer, organized by the City of Colorado Springs. The club provides timing services.

  • Woodland Park Mayor's Cup - A 5K/10K in Woodland Park, organized by the parks department in Woodland Park. The club provides timing services and course support.

  • The Cheyenne Mountain Run - A run in Cheyenne Mountain State Park to the top of Cheyenne Mountain. The race is organized by the Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park. The club provides timing services.