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

2020 Fall Series Photos

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 - Commemorative Face Covering

Register for the entire series or volunteer for at least 3 of the 4 events and you will receive a commemorative face covering included with entry fee for the full series.  For ordering purposes, you must register for all four events by Race #2.

Additional Info
  • Staggered starts will be identified and provided to all participants prior to race day.
  • Bib assignments will be found on the bib.
  • Race day bibs will be distributed by volunteers wearing masks and gloves.
  • No water/aid stations on the course or start/finish area.
  • Course Marshals will be volunteering.
  • Volunteers must wear face coverings for the duration of the event.
Early Start

Contact the Race Director if you want to start before the official 9:30 start time. Your time will be unofficial and will not be recognized for 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.

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

Age Groups -- 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89, 90-99, 100+

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.  Also, there are no cash awards.


Please be respectful of others' property when parking in residential areas. Thank you.


  • Social distance of 6’
  • Face coverings required until runner crosses the start line. Runners put the face covering back on as they cross the finish line.
  • Must be “healthy” to attend (follow government guidelines for outdoor event)
  • Guests should not be invited to the start/ finish, but choose an alternative meeting spot
  • Runners bring their own pre-race and during-race hydration/nutrition.
  • Runners must agree to the social contract when registering

I fully acknowledge reading and following the rules and regulations noted. I certify that I am medically able to perform this event, and am in good health, and I am properly trained. I further agree to abide by the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations for the prevention of the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19 and other communicable diseases, and I attest to having read the CDC’s guidance at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.htm I knowingly and at my own risk, and in consideration of my acceptance as a participant, hereby forever waive and release any and all claims for injuries or illness that I may incur as a direct or indirect result of my participation in the 2020 Fall Series against any of the following: Pikes Peak Road Runners, El Paso County Community Services Department, Parks Division, City of Colorado Springs, and any other group or sponsor. None of the above are responsible for the loss of any personal item(s). I authorize and consent to the use of my name and/or picture in television, newsprint, advertisement or other media. I understand and accept my own liability for my safety and health during the 2020 Fall Series.

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

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.
  • Users may find public restrooms closed. Be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
  • Bring water or drinks. Public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.
  • 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.
  • Do not gather in groups of more than 10 or engage in any activity where you cannot maintain at lest 6 feet from other people. This includes activities involving physical contact or sharing equipment.
  • Do not touch any surfaces that are likely to be touched by other people. Staff is applying extra disinfectant weekly to playground equipment, but the safest thing is to refrain from touching these surfaces. That said, we also understand that outdoor play is important for children especially at times like this. So, if you take your kids to a playground, consider wiping down equipment with disinfectant wipes before and after use. Of course, kids should also clean their hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trace, take everything out to protect park workers.

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

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

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

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

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.




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.