It’s been a long summer of intervals, hill climbs and long, brutal training days in the rain. Now’s the time to show off your lungs and legs.
To welcome the end of trail season, Breckenridge and Frisco host a pair of trail-running races on consecutive weekends this August: the 7th annual Hunky Dory on Aug. 5, now with both a half marathon and a 10K, and the fifth edition of Run the Rockies trail, also with a half-marathon and 10K.
With plenty of time remaining to register for either event — or both, if “trail torture time” is on your calendar most weekends — we take a look at the differences and similarities of these back-to-back running races. We’ll be cheering you on.
Hunky Dory 10K and Half | Breckenridge, Aug. 5
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” could be a fitting theme for the Hunky Dory half-marathon. For six years, the annual event drew a select group of crazies from across Summit County and neighboring mountain towns for a tour of Breck’s classic singletrack: the French Gulch network, Upper Flume, Middle Flume, Western Sky, Slalom, Gold Run Gulch and more, all with 1,519 feet of elevation gain on trails no lower than 9,500 vertical feet. It’s a lung buster.
But sometimes, even if something ain’t broke, it’s time to add another option for people who aren’t quite ready to tackle 13.1 miles. Introducing the Hunky Dory 10K, a brand-new option this year for trail runners who like sprints more than slogs. The shorter race includes the opening trails in French Gulch, but removes the long traverse north along Flumes and Slalom.
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