The Spanish Peaks Backroads 5 Miles is a new five mile race course at the base of the East Peak of the twin Spanish Peaks (Wahatoya) in the Las Animas/Huerfano County border area of Southern Colorado. Access is made easy from I-25, with a pre-race assembly point in the town of Aguilar - at 146 West Main Street (Park site near the Library and Fire Station) - in preparation for a pleasant 15 minute caravan to the "backroads" location amidst the fantastic scenery featuring unique rock formations, lofty peaks in the distance and no less than a ranch with exotic animals (Yaks)!
Packet pickup and pre-race instructions will take place at the 146 West Main location in Aguilar between 7:30 and 8 a.m., Saturday, July 24th. Online registration ($25) is strongly encouraged, however, late registration ($30) is permitted for those arriving no later than 7:45 a.m. Race officials/hosts will lead the participants by vehicular caravan from the packet pickup location to the starting point for the race at the intersection of Las Animas County Roads 54.2 and 41.4. The course consists entirely of relatively smooth dirt/gravel roads and most would agree that trail shoes are NOT required although some may prefer them. Additional course details are available on the RaBaCinco.com website - including a marvelous photo gallery which displays the turf and extraordinary scenery. Note: Porta-potty facilities will be available at the race start location (but not at the Aguilar packet pickup area). Restrooms will also be available at the home of the race hosts who will provide refreshments and a brunch offering that has been described by participants at previous gatherings as "beyond delicious."
Awards will be made to the top three finishing female and males. In addition, awards will go to females and males such that the top three are rewarded in the following age groups: Under age 40, 40 - 54, and 55 and over.
This race is included in the RaBa Cinco race series. Participants will score points in the 2021 series (20 points for first place within age groups, 19 for second, and so on). Please visit the RabaCinco.com website for more information and keep piling up those points for the running season which runs through October/November!
Following the presentation of awards (and sooner if necessary) at least two race officials will be available to shuttle participants back to vehicles parked 1.9 miles to the east at the race start location.
Final note: Most COVID-19 restrictions have been removed in our area. However, many precautions will be taken to enhance the safety of this gathering. For example, race officials will make masks available for all participants to be used when this might be warranted. Also, although this is an outdoor activity, race officials will exercise care by wearing masks while shuttling participants back to their vehicles as needed and in other situations with prudent judgment. We want everyone to remain healthy and to feel assured they are not being exposed to undue risks considering the stage of the pandemic.