Rut Run 5K 2023

Estes Park, CO

Rut Run 5K 2023


*Walk up registration will be available on Saturday near the Visitors Center from 6:30-8:00AM!  See you there!!


With the Fall Season, Estes Park shines in colors and wilderness experiences! Herds of Elk begin to roam the meadows and open fields; while sounds of bugling Bull Elk call out their territory. Join us as we acknowledge this unique season at the RUT RUN 5K as part of ‘ELK FEST’. Kick starting the weekend of events, the 5K (3.1 miles) race offers a short and scenic tour of fall colors, river views, and possible Elk encounters (from a safe distance). 

In 2023, we are introducing a new fabulously scenic, downhill course that starts from Fish Hatchery Road on the Fall River Trail and finishes at downtown’s Performance Park.  Runners, joggers, walkers, and strollers will be transported from the Estes Park Visitor Center by the “Hiker Shuttle” to the Start area on Fish Hatchery Road. Following the winding and scenic path, you will enjoy the radiant golden Aspen colors, hear Fall River and pass by the historic Elkhorn Lodge.

This run will quickly ignite your senses and appreciation for nature and its splendor. After the run, participants can purchase various delicious foods from nearby restaurant BIG HORN CAFE, several restaurants along Elkhorn Ave or Food Trucks at Elk Fest in Bond Park.  All runners receive a complimentary beer token for the Elk Fest festivities!

Date: September 30, 2023

Start time: 8:30AM

Who: All abilities and ages welcomed!  Runners, Walkers, Strollers and group friendly pets are welcome!

Start Line Location: Fish Hatchery Road, across from the Estes Park United Methodist Church.

Finish Line Location: Performance Park along the River Walk.

Race Day Registration &  Packet Pick-up: 6:30AM – 8:00AM at Estes Park Visitor Center, east side of building- next to where participants will catch the Shuttle to the Start Line.

Registration includes: One FREE beer token to be used during the weekend at Elk Fest! Registrants have the option to purchase a race shirt - $20 for a great long sleeved shirt.

Shuttle Transportation: Participants are encouraged to board the free transportation that departs at 7:30AM or 8:00AM to Fish Hatchery Road- Estes Park United Methodist Church parking lot.

Parking: Free parking at Estes Park Visitor Center Parking Structure on Hwy 36.

Restrooms: Estes Park Visitor Center and Estes Park United Methodist Church

NEW Race Route Terrain: Multi-use path, rolling quiet street and single-track dirt path (100 yards). First mile is gentle rolling on a quiet road and miles 2 and 3 are on a detached multi-use trail called the “Fall River Trail”.

Awards – Overall 1st & 2nd female and male; Overall Masters 1st & 2nd female and male (40yrs+); Age Group, 13 & under, 14 – 16, 17 – 19, 20- 29, 30 – 39, 40- 49, 50 – 59, 60 – 69, 70 – 79, 80 & older

Awards Announced: 9:20AM at Performance Park

Post-Race Activities: Food Trucks, breakfast station, beer garden, music and participate at Elk Fest! Join the fun!