Camp 4 Coffee Cart to Cart Trail Race

4th St and Elk Ave
Crested Butte, CO 81224

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Event Description

If you are looking for a low key fun trail run in a beautiful setting at the height of the fall colors then this is the run for you. There are no prizes or goody bag, but your low entry fee gets you a cool coffee mug which Camp 4 Coffee will fill for you at the finish.

A Half marathon (13 plus miles) and 19 mile course.
The 19 mile course will start at Camp 4 Coffee at 4th St. and Elk Avenue in Crested Butte and head east on Elk Ave to Tony’s trail. At the top of Tony's trail take a right onto the Upper Loop and then a left onto the Upper upper loop and follow that trail to Brush Creek road. Take a left and follow the dirt road to the Canal trail and an aid station. Follow the Canal trail and then take a right onto the Strand Bonus trail. At the end take a right down the Strand Hill road and then a left onto Farris Creek road. Take a right onto Trail 409 and follow it past the junction with Trail 405 to the junction with Trail 418 and an aid station. Take a left on Trail 418, Walrod Cutoff, and continue to Walrod Gulch road. Take a right down Walrod Gulch road and then a right onto the Cement Creek trail. Follow that trail until it ends on Cement Creek road and then continue down Cement Creek road to the finish at Camp 4 Coffee in Crested Butte South. The approximate elevation gain on this course is 4000' with 4300' of elevation drop.

The half marathon course is about 13.5 miles and will shuttle to Brush Creek road and then follow the 19 mile course to the finish. Elevation gain on this course is 3000' with 3300' of elevation drop.

This run is predominantly on single track trail with some dirt road and a small length of paved road. The trails range from smooth dirt to rocky. The courses will be marked with directional arrows and ribbon. The aid stations will be limited to water and Gatorade so runners are advised to carry their own food, water and energy drink.

Event details and schedule

We are going to do our best to hold the Cart to Cart this year.

Please read the updates below:


2020 Covid Update 8/14/20

Registration:  Limited to a total of 85 participants between both races. The half marathon will be limited to 35 participants.
Please register online. If the races are not full, there will be walk-up registration at Camp 4 Coffee in Crested Butte (4th St and Elk Ave) from 4 – 6pm on Friday Sept 18. There will be NO race day registration.
Bib pick up: Runners signing up by Sept 6 will have bibs mailed. Otherwise bibs may be picked up at Camp 4 Coffee in Crested Butte (4th St and Elk Ave) from 4 – 6pm on Friday Sept 18 or at the start at Rainbow Park on Saturday morning from 7.15 – 7.45am
Parking: There is parking at Rainbow Park or at the 4 way stop in Crested Butte (2 blocks from the start). Restrooms are also located at both locations.
Start: The start of the 19 mile run will be at Rainbow Park in Crested Butte (8th St and Elk Ave). Each run will have an open start. The start gate for the 19 mile run will be open from 7.30 – 8.00am. Runners may start any time between those hours. The start gate for the half marathon will be open from approx. 8.20am onwards at the start on Brush Creek road. There will be a gear vehicle at the start of each race to shuttle clothing etc. to the finish.
Shuttle: There will be a shuttle to the start of the half marathon leaving Rainbow Park at 8.00am. However, runners are encouraged to have someone drop them off at the race start on Brush Creek road if possible.
Course: The course will be flagged with orange and black polka dot flagging and directional arrows at each intersection. The approach to the finish in CB South will have painted arrows on the pavement. Runners unfamiliar with the course are encouraged to download a map and course directions. Runners should plan on being self-supporting and carry their own food and water. There will be a self-service water and Gatorade aid station on Brush Creek road at the start of the Canal trail. The will be no other aid stations. There are two springs on course, one on Brush Creek road and one on Walrod Gulch road.
Finish: At the finish in CB South runners will be given a prepared bag with food, water and Gatorade and their finishing mug. (No beer this year – sorry!) Please plan on not hanging around at the finish longer than necessary. There will not be any awards or raffle.
Shuttle: There will be a shuttle running from the finish back to Crested Butte, but runners are encouraged to arrange their own ride if possible.
Masks:  Please wear a mask at the start and finish of the race.

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