Sunday May 30, 2021



Registration opens on and closes on


Spirit Trail Run Marathon

07:00 AM (CDT)

Sunday May 30, 2021


Spirit Trail Run Half Marathon

08:00 AM (CDT)

Sunday May 30, 2021


Spirit Trail Run 8k

09:00 AM (CDT)

Sunday May 30, 2021



The Spirit Trail Run is a fun, beautiful yet challenging trail race through the Buena Vista Trail system, including portions of the River Park Trails, Whipple Trails, Broken Boyfriend, and Midland Grade trails! This race will be hosted on Memorial Day weekend, during the annual CKS Paddlefest. Come for the race, stay to watch all of the action on the river!


Sunday, May 30th

Location: Start/finish @ Paddlefest in Buena Vista, Colorado. The race course is on single track trail in the Four Mile area


  • Marathon ($95)
  • Half-Marathon ($85)
  • 8k ($55)

Start times: 

  • Marathon @ 7:00 am
  • Half-Marathon @ 8:00 am
  • 8k @ 9:00 am

Sunrise is 6:43 am

Aid stations, podium awards, finisher swag (custom hats), and finish line party guaranteed!


Get ready for a well-marked, fully supported race! At check in, you'll throw on your timing chip and head to the start line, where we will give a quick race briefing to cover course markings and a little bit of trail etiquette. Throughout the run, you'll be following pink flags, pink arrows, and avoiding the occasional wrong way sign! The trails are rolling and vary in technicality (everything from smooth road to rocky single track), but you're guaranteed some amazing views of the Collegiate Peaks across the valley. There will be two aid stations on the course and one aid station at the start/finish finish. At the finish line, you'll earn your finisher swag (a Spirit Run trucker hat) as the celebration begins!!


We are excited to introduce the marathon distance to the Spirit Trail Run in 2020. For the first year of the marathon we will run two loops of the half-marathon course.



Buena Vista is located at an altitude of 7,965' and has about 2,700 residents. The town is situated in the heart of the Arkansas River Valley half way between the towns of Leadville and Salida. On the western side of the valley stands the imposing Sawatch Mountain Range, home to 15 of Colorado's 14,000 foot peaks including the famed Collegiate Peaks. The Sawatch Range also forms a significant portion of the Continental Divid and hosts well over 100 miles of the Colorado Trail in addition to hundreds of miles of national forests trails traversing large swaths of remote wilderness area.

The eastern side of the Arkansas valley is flanked by the smaller Mosquito Range(though it is still home to 5 of Colorado's fourteeners). The eastern side of the Arkansas River Valley is high desert landscape mostly under the purview of the US Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and hosts a broad range of outdoor recreation opportunities from paddling to mountain biking, to off road vehicle use of all kinds, hunting, and, of course, running! In fact, it is in the Four-Mile Area on the east side of the Arkansa River Valley, just above the town of BV, that we host the Spirit Trail Run!


Lodging is available at the Surf Hotel near the start/finish line or at any other hotel/lodge in Buena Vista. We also recommend Camp Elevation, a bead and breakfast and high altitude training camp for runners situated just above the town of Buena Vista. Camp Elevation is actually on the race course and you can take the trails from the driveway straight into town and the race start/finish area!