Coal Creek Cross Country Challenge 5.72 Miles
Sunday, October 10, 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!

The registration cap on the race has been raised to 250 participants by Boulder County, the City of Louisville, and the City of Lafayette. This should allow for race day registration this year for both CMRA members and non-CMRA members. Advance registration is also available at:

Non-CMRA member online registration is $10 plus a 99 cents registration fee.

Running Guru will be serving as the official race photographer and will allow participants to download their race photo within a few days of the race for only 99 cents.

Overall 1st place male and female win a case of beer from the Boulder Beer Company.

Fleet Feet Boulder is also providing prizes.

Refreshments, awards and a prize drawing will be held at the 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 stay 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.

*** 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.