Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Is Race Headquarters for Weekend Warriors

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Three new races plus a packed calendar of athletic events are keeping Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on the radar of both elite and recreational athletes. For years the river and mountain town has hosted a slew of venerable events that include the Mother’s Day Mile, the Strawberry Shortcut and the Tri-Glenwood Triathlon to name a few. New to the Glenwood Springs racing circuit this year are two adventure events: the Merrell Off-Road Oyster Race and the Adventure XStream (AXS) Race.

There's all sorts of terrain to keep athletes on and off their toes in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Glenwood Springs has always been a place for outdoor adventurers. We have the whole package – world-class Rocky Mountain scenery, plenty of value-priced lodging, and amazing amenities like the Hot Springs and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

It’s no wonder that Glenwood Springs, Colorado, is sports central for athletes of every caliber - with rivers, trails, mountains plus plenty of post-race attractions like hot springs, caves, and ziplines,Glenwood Springs is a weekend warrior’s dream come true. Adding to an already jammed race calendar, two new events are coming to town. The Merrell Off-Road Oyster Race, the rural counterpart to its urban sister, challenges racers to break out of their shells. The Adventure XStream or AXS touts itself as the cure for A.D.D. – Adventure Deficit Disorder by testing racers in five diverse disciplines.

One of the earliest races of the season, the Merrell Off-Road Oyster Race gets underway in Glenwood Springs on May 22nd. Off-Road has combined the thought-provoking strategy and creative tasks of its sister race, the Oyster Racing Series, with the much-loved traditional disciplines of an adventure race. Known for combining athleticism, strategy and creativity, this race requires entrants to run, bike, and perform mystery disciplines that could include kayaking, climbing, rappelling, orienteering, trivia, clue solving and other crazy activities. The course itself is top-secret and reveals itself as racers move from check point to check point.

To promote this exciting new event, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association will be giving away three entries for a 4-person Off-Road Oyster Team, a $400 value. “Glenwood Springs has always been a place for outdoor adventurers. We have the whole package – world-class Rocky Mountain scenery, plenty of value-priced lodging, and amazing amenities like the Hot Springs and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park,” said Kate Collins, Vice President of Tourism Marketing for the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association. To register to win, write a note about why your team deserves a free entry at http://www.visitglenwood.com/contest. For more general information about the Off-Road or to register go to http://www.visitglenwood.com/oyster.

Another new event that will test the mettle of runner athletes is the Glenwood Springs Half Marathon and 10K race on August 22. The thirteen-mile half marathon will traverse some of the most diverse and scenic running terrain Glenwood Springs has to offer and incorporates side roads, bike paths, and trails. Visit: http://www.EnduranceEventMarketing.com or Register at http://www.RunningGuru.com

Among the new events closing out the race season is the Adventure XStream or AXS series which takes place on September 11. This race challenges racers to ditch the mundane, leave the pavement behind and get sweaty, dirty and have a blast. The out-of-the-ordinary 50 mile course asks racers to hit the trails, scramble over rocks, zip across a canyon, kayak through rapids, and experience the outdoors like never before. Registration opens on June 1. http://www.visitglenwood.com/adventure-xstream

Filling in the race calendar between May and September are some of Glenwood Springs’ most beloved events. Races like the Mother’s Day Mile are fun runs just right for the whole family; others like the Tri-Glenwood Triathlon are qualifying events that attract top athletes from around the state. “The beauty of our race schedule is that there is a race event for everyone whether you’re an elite athlete, a weekend warrior, or just looking to get outside for some fun with friends,” said Collins.

Some upcoming Glenwood Springs races:
Mother’s Day Mile is on May 9
This annual one-mile race benefits the programs of the Advocate Safehouse Project. 970.945.2632 advocatesafehouse.org

Walk MS/5K Run is on May 15
For nearly 20 years Walk MS & 5k Run in Glenwood Springs has supported the Colorado Chapter of the National MS Society. 970.241.8975 extension12 walkmscolorado.org

Strawberry Shortcut Race is on June 20
This classic “festival” race coincides with the annual Strawberry Days celebration. There’s a 10K, 5K and 1-mile Fun Run. 970.366.9875 strawberryshortcut.com or register at active.com

GreenLeaf Run is on June 26
The 7th Annual GreenLeaf Run, a scenic 5 and 10K run along the Rio Grande Trail, encourages racers to wear something green, recycled or reused. greenleafrun.com or register at active.com

Hogback Hustle is on July 10
The Hogback Hustle 5K race includes a steep incline for the first mile, then a gradual downhill until about a half mile from the finish where it gradually increases in elevation. 970.984.3352 newcastlecolorado.org

26th Annual Tri-Glenwood Triathlon is on September 12
Swim at the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, bike to Canyon Creek and run through Glenwood Springs, crossing the finish line near the historic train depot. 970.945.2208 triglenwood.com

Glenwood Kids Triathlon is on September 18
Kids of all ages will have a chance to try a triathlon. Distances vary by age group. 970.945.7942 soprisbarracudas.com

About Glenwood Springs
Glenwood Springs is located between Aspen and Vail, 165 miles west of Denver or 90 miles east of Grand Junction on Interstate 70 off exit 116. For more information about Glenwood Springs, Colorado, call 970-945-6589 or go to http://www.visitglenwood.com/. For lodging reservations, call 888 4 GLENWOOD (888-445-3696). A complete press kit and press releases are available at http://www.visitglenwood.com/press-kit and http://www.visitglenwood.com/press-releases. Access to downloadable photos is available at http://www.visitglenwood.com/photos. Glenwood Springs is located between Aspen and Vail, 165 miles west of Denver or 90 miles east of Grand Junction on Interstate 70 off exit 116.

Media Contacts:
Kate Collins, Vice President of Tourism Marketing
Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association
970-945-6589 ext. 105
kate (at) glenwoodchamber (dot) com
or
Vicky Nash, Public Relations Representative
Resort Trends, Inc. – Tourism & Resort Communications
970-948-4923
Vicky (at) resorttrends (dot) com

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