Buena Vista hosts Autumn Color Run
Visitors to Buena Vista on Saturday can run – or walk – in a number of races during one of the most colorful seasons of the year in the mountains: fall.The 19th annual Autumn Color Run, which last year drew about 250 participants, offers a half-marathon, a 10K race, a 5K race and a one-mile fun run in Buena Vista, a town nestled in the Upper Arkansas River Valley in the shadow of the Collegiate Peaks.The race offers something for everyone and attracts families from the Front Range, the rest of Colorado and other states. The event is sanctioned by the USA Track & Field and is authorized under special use permit with the USDA Forest Service.All activities will be headquartered at McPhelemy Park, the park at the stoplight in town. Busses to the starting lines will leave at 8:15 a.m. for the half-marathon and at 8:45 a.m. for the 5K. The 10K run begins at the park. The fun run will begin at 9 a.m. All registered runners and walkers will receive a colorful T-shirt. Half-marathon, 5K and 10K participants are encouraged to be at the park no later than 8 a.m.An awards ceremony will follow the events. Ribbons will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in each decade group, as well as first-,second- and third-place ribbons to the fastest male and femalerunners.The half marathon, which starts west of town near Cottonwood Lake, winds its way into town on mostly dirt roads. There is about four miles of pavement and the course drops about 2,500 feet to the 8,000-foot altitude of Buena Vista. The 5K run starts west of town on the Cottonwood Pass Road and comes straight into town, dropping a few hundred feet onthe way. The 10K run follows some of the same course as the 5K, starting and finishing at the park.Entry fees are $22 for the half-marathon, $20 for the 10K and 5K, and $12 for the one-mile fun run. Entry forms are available at http://www.fourteenernet.com/colorrun.