Protected land, water, and wildlife are worth running for!

Two years ago we had a vision of sharing the wide open spaces and fabulous views of the Southern Colorado mountains in a special event that would showcase the importance of protecting land for future generations. This event, the Hardscrabble Mountain Trail Run, was born from this idea. It proved to be an immediate hit with runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. Now in its third year, it is one of the premiere sporting events in Colorado.


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Race Director Hal Walter has created challenging, fun and scenic courses for our 5k/10k runs that follow two-track jeep roads, short stretches of cross-country meadow and rugged horse trails along Bear Basin Ranch. These courses, while challenging, are intended to provide a sense of accomplishment for all who enter.


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The start and finish is at 8,913 feet elevation. Both courses have short but steep sustained climbs that may require many participants to speed-hike or walk.



This is Hal, our Race Director. When it burns, you can blame him! To learn more about Hal, click here.


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Our courses are well marked!


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And our aid stations are staffed by skilled and friendly personnel.



The land and views provide inspiration.


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And our friendly volunteer horse posse will keep a good eye on you.

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The young ones are welcomed, all those 17 and under run FREE! If you'd like to sponsor one of these spirited young runners, click here for more info. And if you fall in that age category, at registration check out simply enter coupon code: youth and your registration is free (lunch included)!


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We promise you there will be smiles for miles!


Bring your family and your friends.

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And enjoy a great post-race fiesta!



Complete with an awards ceremony . . .


live music

 Live music by Bruce Hayes . . .


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Gourmet lunch by Kalamata Pit catering AND a good time!

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And remember, you never know who you will have an opportunity to hug (or run!) with at the Hardscrabble Mountain Trail Run!


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Our first two years members of the Raramuri tribe of Copper Canyon, Mexico, ran our race. They share our common vision of a maintaing a close connection with the land. 

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Your entry to this unique event helps raise awareness about the importance of protecting land, water, and wildlife habitat -- now and for the future. Now THAT is worth running for!

See you on June 7, 2015!

Click here to register.

Photography by Kate Spinelli Hogins of Preservation Photography.



We have protected more than 42,000 acres through 134 conservation easements.

Conservation easements guarantee long-term protection – through generations of landowners.