Fall Series 2021 faceboook

Get dirty, get muddy, it's pure cross country running!

Race Director

Larry Miller, Patricia Lockhart, Kirk Brown, Stewart Cooper, JB Sanchez, Richard Bennett

Race Dates

General Information

The Fall Series consists of four trail races in four different city/county parks. The trails range from well-maintained to rocky with tree roots. Each event is a unique challenge at a different distance, getting longer as the series progresses.

SWAG: All runners who complete the series will receive a commemorative customized grocery bag. Those who volunteer for at least 3 of the 4 events receive the swag as well. For ordering purposes, you must register for all four events by Race #2.

Reminder: No animals, no baby joggers or strollers, no earbuds or headphones, no bikes or trikes. You will be disqualified for any violation. This is a requirement for our insurance and for the safety of all participants.

Early Start: Contact the Race Director if you want to start before the official 10:00 start time. Your time will be unofficial and will not be recognized for awards.

Military discount for active duty personnel: A photocopy of your military ID must be e-mailed to Pat Lockhart (pat.lockhart@q.com) to receive a discount code for on-line registration.

ALL ENTRANTS MUST BE 15 YEARS OLD OR OLDER.

Awards

If you run all four races, you will be eligible for age group and overall awards. There are no awards for the individual races.

  • Top 10 overall male and female
  • Age Groups - Top 3 (male and female), 5 year increments

Age Groups -- 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89

The race is chip timed. All scoring is based on chip time.

No duplicate awards. That is, overall award winners are not eligible for age group awards. There are no cash awards.

Membership Discount

The membership discount will be applied during checkout.

For the registration process to recognize that you are a Pikes Peak Road Runners member, if you have not already claimed your PPRR membership within RunSignUp, you first need to go to the Club page for the Pikes Peak Road Runners and claim you membership. This is done as follows.

Once your membership has been claimed within the RunSignUp system, you will then have an account with RunSignUp. If you have a family membership, you can then add family members that live in your household. Those family members will also be able to apply the membership discount.

When you register for an event that offers discounts to PPRR members, on one of the first Registrant screens, you'll see a "Have An Account?" message followed by a SIGN IN button. Click on the SIGN IN button and sign in using your RunSignUp account information. That will allow RunSignUp to recognize that you are a PPRR member, and the member discount will be applied.

Additional Info

At this time, the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, Cultural, and El Paso County Community Services Parks Division have lifted any COVID restrictions. We will be watching carefully any upturn that might be happening regarding variants and will send e-mail updates to all who have registered. Please be cognizant and check your e-mail periodically.

Public Health Guidelines
City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services

In all instances, the following public health guidelines should be followed:

  • Do not use parks, trails and open spaces if you are exhibiting symptoms. If you or your children are experiencing symptoms, it’s important to stay home when sick.
  • Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or trails. Bring hand sanitizer with you to clean your hands if soap and water are not available.
  • While on trails, warn other users of your presence before you pass, and step aside to let others pass. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
  • Observe the minimum recommended physical social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals. If this is not possible, users should find an alternate location or depart that space. Practice it and know what it looks like.

Course Information

Note: Based upon trail conditions, the courses may vary slightly for a particular season.  They will always be fun and challenging.

Race 1 - Norris Penrose Event Center
Directions

The trails are wide, up to 8 feet in some places, with many ups and downs. Don't get you hopes up for an easy run here.

Race 2 - North Monument Valley Park
Directions

Start in the large grass field and then proceed onto the trails. The course will lead you onto side trails. You will return to the grass field for your final sprint to the finish.

Race 3 - Pinon Valley Park and Ute Valley Park
Directions

Pinon Valley Park is a very welcoming staging area. Ute Valley Park is very rocky and hilly, so be ready for the run of your life!. The trails are single track in places. And, watch out for snakes in the area. This is by far the most challenging run of the series.

Race 4 - Palmer Park
Directions

In this race, you will run miles on trails that no man or woman would touch - except for the Fall Series runners! Rocks that move, ankles that hurt...but oh what fun!

Norris Penrose Event Center Directions - Race 1
1045 Lower Gold Camp Road
  • From I-25, take the Cimarron Exit (exit 141)
  • At end of exit ramp, turn west, towards the mountains
  • Proceed to 8th Street and turn left onto 8th Street
  • Proceed to Lower Gold Camp Road, and turn right.
  • Turn Left into Norris Penrose Event Center
  • Please park in the parking lot south of the office building.
  • Walk to the southern end of the parking lot and walk west.
  • Staging will be at the southernmost end of the parking lot.
North Monument Valley Park Directions - Race 2
W Fontanero Street & Culebra Place, Colorado Springs, CO

From I-25, take the Uintah Exit (Exit 143)

  • At end of exit ramp, turn east (away from the mountains).
  • Turn left at Cascade Ave.
  • Turn left at Fontanero St
  • Turn left at Culebra Place.
  • Staging area is the large grassy area south of the restroom and ball field.

Pinon Valley Park and Ute Valley Park Directions - Race 3
Staged from Pinon Valley Park
5585 Mule Deer Drive
  • From I-25
    • Take Garden of the Gods Road (Exit 146)
    • Drive west 1 mile to Centennial Boulevard
    • Turn north and drive 1.4 miles to Mule Deer Drive
    • Turn east and drive 2 blocks to Pinon Valley Park
    • Please be respectful of others property when parking in any residential area.
Palmer Park Directions - Race 4
N Academy Blvd & Maizeland Road
  • 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.

 

Event History

This event has been around since 1979.

Larry Miller has been the race director for a couple of decades.  His enthusiasm for laying out challenging cross country courses has never wavered, and he always has something new up his sleeve.  The running community is certain that Larry lays awake at night thinking of new twists for the Fall Series courses.  There have been hay bale jumps, fence climbing, culvert tunnels and more.  And because of all of this, we all have stories to pass along.  Thank you, Larry!

In 2017, Larry Miller, Pat Lockhart, Kirk Brown and Stewart Cooper are teaming up as co-race directors. They will bring the best of the best for the Fall Series.

Runnin' up the creek.
It can be up to calf deep in places.

Rugged trails and hills in Ute Valley Park.

Palmer Park Trails.

Results

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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.