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: October 3, 2020
Start time: 8:30AM, on Elkhorn Ave.
Who: All abilities and ages! Runners, Walkers, Strollers and group friendly pets are welcome!
Registration (on-line): Register Here!
Pre-Race Packet Pick-up: Friday, October 2nd, at  MedX of Estes , 158 First Street, Estes Park, 9:00AM – 5:30PM. And on Race morning at registration. 
Registration (race day): Opens at 7:30AM at Estes Valley Library entrance.  Packet pick-up available, too.
Entry Cost :

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

Participant receives:  Long Sleeved Shirt – women and men sizing, One free beer token- may use during weekend at Elk Fest.

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

General AwardsNo Age Group awards given. Unofficial time will be announced as  each runner crosses the finish line!

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

Our Sponsors

Elk Video-from Nick Molle Films


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May 1st, 2020

Due to the COVID19 pandemic and the uncertainties regarding safety, we are sadly canceling the 2020 Estes Park Marathon & Half Marathon races. 

We hope you and your loved ones continue to remain safe and COVID19 free as Colorado, and the rest of the USA, begins to open businesses. Through this process, our team respects the need for social distancing and the successes of ‘Safer at Home’ guidance provided by health officials. While our races are outdoors, they require a significant amount of resources to make it safe for your participation. As an alternative, we considered many scenarios for postponing our races, but with current uncertainties there is too much at risk. Sadly, we are canceling the 2020 in-person Estes Park Marathon & Half Marathon races. As a result, it is our hope that our community will remain protected and healthy. We wish the same for your community, too!

For the love of running, we are offering heartfelt motivation options by going virtual. We understand there is no substitution for our exceptionally scenic courses, but please consider that you’re now training for 2021.  : )  We want to stay motivated alongside you and plan to keep on running!  Chin up and let’s do this!