Friday, May 18, 2018

Run to the Shrine celebrates 10th anniversary, challenges runners at high altitude

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 10:14 AM

click to enlarge Will Rodgers Shrine — the finish line - FILE PHOTO
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  • Will Rodgers Shrine — the finish line
Runners who like a challenge have found a perfect home in Colorado Springs. Thanks to the altitude, it’s harder to push yourself here than almost anywhere else in the country, and some races take that challenge even farther.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s 10th Annual Run to the Shrine offers runners a 4-mile course on the winding road through the zoo and up to the Will Rodgers Shrine. The nearly 1,000-foot elevation gain isn’t just a challenge — it’s excellent practice for runners preparing for their summer races.

What’s more, an after party at the zoo's homey Lodge at Moose Lake will include vendor booths and plentiful snacks to refuel. Since zoo admission is included with registration, you can even explore and enjoy the zoo while you’re there.

Participants can still register on the day of the event (May 19, 7:30 a.m., $25-$55), knowing their registration money goes directly into care and feeding of the zoo’s animals. If you’re not much of a runner but still want to participate, you’re welcome to walk the course, or even take strollers (children under 2 can register for free). 

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