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Mountain Ridge Trail Race
April 30, 2023
Highlands Ranch, CO
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About The Mountain Ridge Trail Race
The Mountain Ridge Trail Race in Highlands Ranch, Colorado is an exceptional half marathon race that takes place every April. Hosted by a local running club, the race consists of a 13.1 mile course that takes runners through some of the most breathtaking scenery in Colorado – from lush pine forests to rugged mountain tops and back again.
Runners start off on a flat stretch for the first couple miles before ascending up into the hills of Rocky Mountain National Park. This section is quite challenging with some steep climbs but also rewards runners with stunning views of snow-capped peaks, alpine meadows and pristine lakes along the way. The final four miles bring runners back down to sea level as they pass through quaint villages and pastures filled with grazing horses before crossing over rolling plains and eventually finishing at Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch.
Weather conditions during this time can vary greatly depending on what part of April you run it in; snow may still be present early on but temperatures should warm up nicely as you get closer to May. Expect cool temperatures throughout your run, though there are usually plenty of sunny patches which make for pleasant running conditions if you’re prepared for them!
The crowds cheering along the sidelines are enthusiastic and supportive making this event even more enjoyable than usual – especially once you reach Civic Green Park where thousands gather each year to cheer on their friends or family members who have been training all year long for this special occasion! Additionally, those taking part will receive great swag such as t-shirts and medals upon completion – something special commemorating your achievement after having conquered these demanding yet beautiful trails!
All told, any runner looking for an exhilarating challenge amidst unbelievably picturesque scenery should seriously consider signing up for this amazing half marathon trail race located just outside Denver—the Mountain Ridge Trail Race!