Coal Creek Cross Country Challenge 5.72 Miles
Sunday, October 11, 9 AM

Didn't run cross country in high school? Well, now's your chance! This is a classic European style cross country race with dirt trails, farmer's fields, ditches, hills, and even a creek crossing. Full of surprises ... a CMRA race you don't want to miss!

Important Note: This year's race is limited to only 150 participants to comply with Boulder County Parks and Open Space requirements. Non-CMRA members must register on

CMRA members must notify the race director no later than Thurs., October 1 if they are absolutely sure they will be there to run on race day. Colorado Runner 2008 race series first place age group winners will receive comp registrations for the event. Both CMRA members and Colorado Runner 2008 race series age group winners should send an e-mail to requesting registration. All race participants should register as soon as possible to ensure entry. All runners must complete their waiver and obtain their bib on race day morning. There will be no race day registration.

Alan Culpepper, two-time Olympic marathoner and owner of Louisville's Solepepper Sports, will serve as the official race starter.

There will be prize money courtesy of Fleet Feet Boulder for the top 3 overall and top 2 Masters (over 40) and Grand Masters (over 50) male and female runners.

Overall 1st place$60
Overall 2nd place$25
Overall 3rd place$15
Masters 1st place$50
Masters 2nd place$25
Grandmasters 1st place$50
Grandmasters 2nd place$25
Overall 1st place male and female win a case of beer from the Boulder Beer Company.

Official Event Photographer: Running Guru

The Coal Creek Cross Country Challenge is the last race in the 2009 Colorado Runner race series. For more information visit It is also one of the 5-race Fall Cross cross country 2009 race series. For more information visit

Refreshments, awards and a prize drawing will be held at the new Louisville Community Park, which is located at 955 Bella Vista Drive in Louisville.
The out-and-back race will begin and end at the Coal Creek Trailhead sign, which is located just east of the Louisville Community Park and just west of the railroad tracks near Lock Street. For information about the race course see the Course Map.

The City of Louisville has requested that on the return to the finish line race participants disperse within the clearly flagged boundaries located south of Empire Road and north of the Coal Creek Trail to mitigate open space degradation. Runners will be reminded about this during pre-race announcements.

For photos of last year's race see:

*** Word to the wise: bring an extra pair of shoes or sandals for afterwards. ***

Directions to the Coal Creek Cross Country Challenge
Directions from Denver and points south:
Take the Boulder Turnpike (Highway 36) northwest toward Boulder. Take the second exit after Broomfield, which is Storage Tech Drive. Make a right off the exit ramp heading north. Continue north to 2nd traffic light. Make a left on to South 96th Street. Continue north through the traffic light on Dillon Road, go about a half mile and make your first left turn on to County Road (just before the railroad overpass). After coming down a short steep hill make your first left turn on to Bella Vista Drive and then your first right turn into the park and parking areas.

Directions from Boulder and points north: Take South Boulder Road east to Main Street, Louisville. Make a right and head south about 1 mile to the 4-way stop at the intersection of Main Street and Pine Street (the Blue Parrot Restaurant is on the SE corner). Make a left onto Pine Street. Make the first right on to Front Street. Continue south about 1/4 mile and make a right turn into the Louisville Community Park and parking.

See the Google Map for the location

For Race information or to volunteer call Bruce Kirschner, Race Director, at or 303-666-0864.