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West Elk Challenge

October 5 @ 7:00 am

The West Elk Challenge is a trail marathon during the peak of fall colors. Racers will start on the shores of Crawford Reservoir State Park and travel on gravel roads through the farms and ranches at the base of the iconic Needle Rock. Soon thereafter, the trail enters the Gunnison National Forest and begins climbing the singletrack through golden aspen stands on the slopes of Mt. Lamborn.

After about 5 miles of climbing, runners top the 9,762 foot summit of Inter-Ocean Pass, and descend through spruce, aspen and oak, past Lone Cabin Reservoir to the town of Paonia and end along the North Fork of the Gunnison River. Run, walk, and hike your way through the fall foliage of the West Elk Mountains! This challenge is a fundraiser for the Nature Connection’s Scholarship Fund. All proceeds will help the Nature Connection offer kids and family school-based and summer programming in Delta County. Visit www.westelkchallenge.com for registration, interactive map, and more!

Volunteers and Sponsors:
We are still looking for additional volunteers to staff one of our 5 aid stations. Additionally, we are looking for event sponsors to help us keep our overhead to a minimum so that more funds can go towards scholarships. If you would like to volunteer or your business would like to sponsor, please contact Ben Graves bgraves@deltaschools.com.


October 5
7:00 am
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The Nature Connection