Saturday May 23, 2020


A virtual vertical competition with categories based on the elevation profile of different Collegiate Peaks Fourteeners.

Registration opens on and closes on


The Trio Fourteener Challenge

12:00 AM (CDT)

Saturday May 23, 2020


Solo Fourteener Challenge

12:00 AM (CDT)

Saturday May 23, 2020


The Duo Fourteener Challenge

02:00 AM (CDT)

Saturday May 23, 2020



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CKS Paddlefest is now a virtual event, including the Spirit Trail Run. Just because we can't gather in person doesn't mean we can't come together as a community for competition and a cause! The Spirit Trail Run, like all of the other Paddlefest virtual activities, will benefit eleveteHER, a Bunea Vista, CO non-profit organization focused on empowering girls through outdoor adventure.

The Spirit Vertical Run is broken into three competition categories. Each category is dedicated to one or more of the Collegiate Peaks that tower over Buena Vista. You will have 24 hours from midnight to midnight in your time zone to complete the challenge of your respective category. To be clear, you are running all miles in your local area. Whether on trail or road or stairs, it doesn't matter, just get the climbing in!

All competitors who complete their vertical goal are winners. Winners will be sent a mountain goat trophy with their name and overall elevation gain on it. We have an amazing artist who will be engraving these the Sunday after your race day. Trophies will be shipped out by May 25th and should be received before May 30th. 

The overall female and male with the most vertical gain will earn the grand trophy with their name, elevation gain, and "master climber" trophy, which is a piece of artwork, crafted by a local artist out of beautiful wood.


The event will run for 24 hours starting at midnight and ending at midnight in your local time zone.


Competition Categories

The Solo 14er Challenge
Climb Mt Princeton - 6,239 feet (the elevation gain from Buena Vista to the summit)

The Duo 14er Challenge
Climb Mt Harvard and Mt Columbia - 12,571 feet (the elevation gain from BV to both summits, combined)

The Trio 14er Challenge
Climb Mt Missouri, Mt Oxford, and Mt Belford - 18,543 feet (the elevation gain from BV to all three summits, combined)

Results Submission

Once you have completed your bipedal accumulation of some serious vert, you can submit your results (total elevation gain) and shipping address via email to To be a contender for the overall award, you will be required to upload a photo of your activity or share the Strava activity link. 




The competition could be for time, distance, elevation gain, or some other arbitrary and challenging goal. The point is to compete against a broader community of athletes working in solidarity to push themselves and forge new bonds.