Rut Run 5K

170 MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517, USA


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, grand views and possible Elk encounters (from a safe distance).

Starting and finishing at downtown’s Bond Park, runners, joggers, walkers and strollers, will head west on Elkhorn Ave and join the River Walk path at the Performance Park parking lot. Following the winding and scenic path, you will enjoy the radiant golden Aspen colors, hear the sounds of Fall River and pass by the historic residence of F.O. Stanley on the Wonder View return route.

This run will quickly ignite your senses and appreciation for nature and its splendor. After the run, participants can purchase various delicious foods from vendors and receive a complementary beer token for the Elk Fest festivities!

Date: October 1, 2022

Location: Bond Park, downtown Estes Park, Colorado

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

Start time: 8:30AM

Registration includes: One FREE beer token to be used during the weekend at Elk Fest!  

Terrain: bike path and wide road shoulder

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

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

Raceday Registration And Packet Pickup: 7:00AM at the Estes Valley Library entrance.

Parking: South parking lot at Estes Park Visitor Center, on Hwy 36.

Terrain: bike path and wide road shoulder