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, river views, and possible Elk encounters (from a safe distance).  Back by POPULAR demand, our new fabulously scenic, downhill course that starts from Fish Hatchery Road on the Fall River Trail and finishes at downtown’s Performance Park continues!   Runners, joggers, walkers, and strollers will be transported from the Estes Park Visitor Center by the “Hiker Shuttle” to the Start area on Fish Hatchery Road. Following the winding and scenic path, you will enjoy the radiant golden Aspen colors, hear Fall River and pass by the historic Elkhorn Lodge. This run will quickly ignite your senses and appreciation for nature and its splendor. After the run, participants can purchase various delicious foods from nearby restaurant BIG HORN CAFE, several restaurants along Elkhorn Ave or Food Trucks at Elk Fest in Bond Park.  All runners receive a complimentary beer token for the Elk Fest festivities!


Date: September 28, 2024
Start time: 8:30AM at Fish Hatchery Road.


Who: All abilities and ages! Runners, Walkers, Strollers and group friendly pets are welcome!

Registration: 2024 Rut Run 5K

Race Day Registration &  Packet Pick-up: 6:30AM – 8:00AM at Estes Park Visitor Center, east side of building- next to where participants will catch the Shuttle to the Start Line.

Start Line Location: Fish Hatchery Road, across from the Estes Park United Methodist Church.

Finish Line Location: Performance Park along the River Walk.

Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)
Terrain: Multi-use path, rolling quiet street and single-track dirt path (100 yards). First mile is gentle rolling on a quiet road and miles 2 and 3 are on a detached multi-use trail called the “Fall River Trail”.

Shuttle Transportation: Participants are encouraged to board the free transportation that departs at 7:30AM and 8:00AM to Fish Hatchery Road- Estes Park United Methodist Church parking lot.

Restrooms: Estes Park Visitor Center and Estes Park United Methodist Church

Entry Cost :

  • Adults: $40.
  • Youth (14 & under): $30
  • Seniors (60 & up): $30
  • Add $10.00 to entry cost on race day registration.
  • Add $20.00 to entry to purchase long sleeved race shirt

Participant receives: One free beer token- may use during weekend at Elk Fest.

Awards – Overall 1st & 2nd female and male; Overall Masters 1st & 2nd female and male (40yrs+); Age Group, 13 & under, 14 – 16, 17 – 19, 20- 29, 30 – 39, 40- 49, 50 – 59, 60 – 69, 70 – 79, 80 & older

Awards: 9:20AM at Performance Park

Post-Race Activities: Breakfast can be purchased at the nearby Bighorn Café or restaurants along Elkhorn Ave towards the Food Trucks at Elk Fest, Bond Park.  Elk Fest includes a beer garden, music, cultural presentations, dancing, tours and lots of fun!

2024 Rut Run 5K Course Route: 

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