The Fall Series consists of four trail races in four different city/county parks. The trails range from well-maintained to rocky with tree roots. Each event is a unique challenge at a different distance, getting longer as the series progresses.
No Creek Course at North Monument Valley Park in 2019
Because of the recent reports of water issues in water sources at the Air Force Academy, the PPRR contacted the city regarding using Monument Creek during the Fall Series II event. Here is the response.
Question: Our Fall Series II at North Monument Valley Park has for many years (except when not safe) run up the Monument Creek as part of the course. This year… with toxic chemicals found at the AFA which have been released into Monument Creek…what is the City’s position on us using the creek. Per the Gazette “a 15,000 page report” was released by the Academy which indicates this. We can easily alter our course. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks.
City Response from Blake Zinc (Special Events Coordinator at Park & Rec): I would recommend a reroute as a precaution. The PFAS that have contaminated the water sources have the ability to bioaccumulate and create health issues later in life. I am sure the exposure would be very limited, but based on adverse health effect that could be experienced I would say it is not worth the risk. Let me know if you need any more help.
Register for the entire series or volunteer for at least 3 of the 4 events and you will receive a pair of Bombas Performance Running Quarter Socks. For ordering purposes, you must register for all four events by Race #2.
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Male/Female Team Requirements:
Top 3 runner times are used for scoring
Coed Team Requirements:
Top 3 runner times are used for scoring, one of which must be of the opposite sex.
Contact the Race Director if you want to start before the official 10:30 start time. Your time will be unofficial and will nt be recognized for awards.
If you run all four races, you will be eligible for age group and overall awards. There are no awards for the individual races.
Age Groups -- 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95-99, 100+
The race is chip timed. All scoring is based on chip time.
No duplicate awards. That is, overall award winners are not eligible for age group awards. Team members are eligible for individual awards. Also, there are no cash awards.
CSPD/Community Service may be patrolling for illegally parked vehicles.
This event has been around since 1979.
Larry Miller has been the race director for a couple of decades. His enthusiasm for laying out challenging cross country courses has never wavered, and he always has something new up his sleeve. The running community is certain that Larry lays awake at night thinking of new twists for the Fall Series courses. There have been hay bale jumps, fence climbing, culvert tunnels and more. And because of all of this, we all have stories to pass along. Thank you, Larry!
In 2017, Larry Miller, Pat Lockhart, Kirk Brown and Stewart Cooper are teaming up as co-race directors. They will bring the best of the best for the Fall Series.
Note: Based upon trail conditions, the courses may vary slightly for a particular season. They will always be fun and challenging.
This course is staged from the Norris Penrose Event Center, and also uses the Bear Creek Park trails. Stewart Cooper and his crew will find some good Fall Series trails to run, and he'll find water, for sure.
This course is fairly tame by Fall Series standards until the last mile. The beginning miles are on grass and well-maintained dirt trails with a couple of short hills thrown in. With about 1 mile to go, the course enters Monument Creek and runners must run up the middle of Monument Creek for about 3/4 mile. Once exiting the creek, your shoes will be filled with about 5 pounds of sand and creek muck, which you get to drag along the last 1/4 mile to the finish. Wear old shoes that you are ready to throw out, because you will want to throw them out once you've finished. Also bring a pair of clean socks and another pair of shoes to change into after the race.
The trails in Ute Valley Park are up and down and up and down and up and down. You are not gaining or losing a significant amount of altitude, but you are always either climbing or descending. Add in loose gravel, rocks, exposed tree roots, sharp downhill turns, and you have the most technical course of the Fall Series. Most injuries occur on this course, mainly of the sprained ankle variety, but sometimes more serious. But just keep your eye on the trail and you'll be fine. Some years the weather has been wintry from early winter storms. If there is any moisture, the course can get fairly muddy.
The race director usually manages to work in 3 major climbs and descents on the trails in Palmer Park. In places the trail conditions are again covered with loose rock, exposed tree roots and tricky footing. Thus the eyes need to be glued to the trail again. Most years the weather is cold and there have been a couple of years with snow covered trails, which makes it that much harder to see all the obstructions in the trail.
From I-25, take the Uintah Exit (Exit 143)
more information from RRCA on the policy Following guidelines from the Road Runners of Clubs of America (RRCA), Pikes Peak Road Runners discourages and in most cases, does not allow use of headphones in its races. The rationale for this is simple: the majority of our races are held on trails, which are crowded with many other runners (and sometimes other trail users). Maintaining one’s sensory capacity during such situations is paramount for the safety of all participants.