Trails Alliance kicks off Run the Ranches series on Saturday |

Trails Alliance kicks off Run the Ranches series on Saturday

Reid Armstrong
Sky-Hi News
Grand County, CO Colorado

GRAND COUNTY – Come out and enjoy the cooler weather and fall colors while helping raise money for Grand County trails. Headwater Trails Alliance will hold the first of four races in its 2010 “Run the Ranches” series starting Saturday, Aug. 21.

The idea for the series spawned from a single race at Granby Ranch last year, explained Headwater Trails Alliance Executive Director Maura McKnight. Three more ranches came on board this year and, next year, McKnight hopes to expand the series to include Latigo Ranch and another ranch in the Fraser area.

With little time to plan, things just seemed to fall in place, she said. The ranches will be designing their own race courses and offering rewards to the top finishers.

Race No. 1, this Saturday, charts a course through the rolling hills, golf courses and ski area of Granby Ranch. Casual racers can walk or run the 2-3 mile track while more serious racers can opt to compete in the 7-10 mile run.

Registration costs $20 per racer prior to noon Friday. Children ages 6-12 cost $10. Under 5 is free. A half-mile fun run will be available for younger children. An additional $10 procrastination fee will be assessed on race day.

All races start at 10 a.m. and will be run regardless of the weather.

Refreshments will be available and participation gifts also will be handed out, and T-shirts will be available for purchase.

On Sunday, Sept. 12, the series continues at Drowsy Water Ranch, a private, 600-acre family guest ranch, nestled in its own mountain valley near Hot Sulphur Springs.

On Sunday, Sept. 19, the race moves to Devil’s Thumb Ranch, a resort and spa known for being environmentally friendly and “rustically upscale.”

On Sunday, Oct. 3, Snow Mountain Ranch will host the final run of the series. With more than 5,000 acres, Snow Mountain Ranch offers a wholesome, family-friendly environment.

Run the Ranches has its own website: where schedules and registration forms can be downloaded.

– Reid Armstrong can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610 or

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