Summer Series

Bring the entire family and get some great exercise.

General Information

Summer Series Flyer

The PPRR Summer Series is a participation series of 5 events from May through September. This is non competitive and the emphases is getting runners out for some exercise and fun. It is geared towards beginning runners, but anybody is welcome to participate. The events are also very achievable for kids, thus bring your kids out to join in the fun.

The Summer Series consists of the 5 Nielson Challenges from May through September.

All you need to do is participate and finish in these events. Runners who complete 5 of these events will receive the following:

  • Individuals who complete 5 events will receive a complimentary club membership.

No special registration is needed for the Summer Series.  Simply show up and run a Nielson Challenge from May to September and you'll be included in the Summer Series.

Course Information

Flat course on hard packed dirt trails. The first mile is an out-and-back, first heading south and then north after 1/2 mile. The second mile is a loop, heading north on the first half of the loop and south on the 2nd half.


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.
  • Registration area is near the bathrooms

Event History

Pat Lockhart started the Summer Series in 2006. She was asked by a club member about starting a Summer Series, to accompany the club's Winter Series and Fall Series events. The Board did not want to take on all the work for new races during the busy summer race season. Thus Pat came up with the idea of using existing races for a Summer Series. She also wanted to make the series a non-competitive series, but rather based on participation.

Thus the Summer Series was born. The races included in the series were the May and August Nielson Challenge, Panoramic, Veterans' Home Run, and the Great Race. Those races continued as Summer Series races from 2006 to 2014, although in a few years, some of the races were canceled due to fire/floods, thus the Summer Series was not the full 5 events.

In 2015, the Summer Series was changed to use the 5 Nielson Challenge races from May through September. This was done because the Panoramic and Great Race had been discontinued, and the Veterans Home Run was no longer owned by the PPRR.

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.