Rut Run 5k

With the Fall Season, Estes Park shines in colors and wilderness experiences! Herds of Elk begin to roam the meadows and open fields; while sounds of bugling Bull Elk call out their territory. Join us as we acknowledge this unique season at the RUT RUN 5K as part of ‘ELK FEST’. Kick starting the weekend of events, the 5K (3.1 miles) race offers a short and scenic tour of fall colors, grand views and possible Elk encounters (from a safe distance). Starting and finishing at downtown’s Bond Park, runners, joggers, walkers and strollers, will head west on Elkhorn Ave and join the River Walk path at the Performance Park parking lot. Following the winding and scenic path, you will enjoy the radiant golden Aspen colors, hear the sounds of Fall River and pass by the historic residence of F.O. Stanley on the Wonder View return route. This run will quickly ignite your senses and appreciation for nature and its splendor. After the run, participants can purchase various delicious foods from vendors and receive a complementary beer token for the Elk Fest festivities!

Date: September 28, 2019
Start time: 8:30AM
Who: All abilities and ages! Runners, Walkers, Strollers and group friendly pets are welcome!
Registration (on-line): Opens February 2019
Pre-Race Packet Pick-up: September 26 & 28th at  MedX of Estes , 158 First Street, Estes Park, 9:00AM – 5:30PM.
Registration (race day): Opens at 7:30AM at Estes Valley Library entrance.
Entry Cost (Entry fee includes: Long sleeve race shirt, one beer token for Elk Festivities {must be 21 years of age to receive token}:

  • Adults: $30
  • Youth (14 & under): $25
  • Seniors (60 & up): $25
  • Add $5.00 to entry cost on race day registration.

Location: Bond Park, downtown Estes Park, Colorado
Parking: South parking lot at Estes Park Visitor Center, on Hwy 36.
Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)
Terrain: bike path and wide road shoulder
Awards: 9:30AM at Bond Park
General Awards – 1st and 2nd place male and female overall; then 1st and 2nd place, male and female, in the following categories: 15 & under, 16 – 19, 20-24, 25 -29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over

Post-Race Activities: Food Trucks, breakfast station, beer garden, music and participate at Elk Fest!

Our Sponsors

Elk Video-from Nick Molle Films


Total distance: 3.25 mi
Max elevation: 7717 ft
Min elevation: 7523 ft
Total climbing: 292 ft

2015 results – click here

2016 results – click here

2017 results – click here