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2007-04-02 10:28 PM

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Subject: Good place for a 20+ mile run
I was just wondering where a good place to run 20+ miles is for my last pre-marathon run. I would prefer a loop but not necessary. And I would prefer flat since the Big Dry Creek to me seems a little up and down.


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2007-04-02 10:49 PM
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Subject: RE: Good place for a 20+ mile run

This is a 10 mile loop in boulder: Start at Coot Lake, go south along the dam of Boulder Rez, west to 51st, north on 51st up the hill, turn west into the Eagle trailhead parking lot and follow the Sage loop, come back to the trailhead, turn north up 51st (but I don't think it's actually 51st anymore at that point), east on that other dirt rd (can't remember name!), out to 63rd, and go south back to Coot lake.  Repeat  

Sorry, wish I had a map!

Teller Farm is great too.  I think it is 12 miles as an out and back? 

Of course, none of that is "flat" necessarily   You could drive south to Highline canal trail or Platte River trail.

2007-04-02 11:24 PM
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Subject: RE: Good place for a 20+ mile run
I like running along the Highline Canal.  Not a loop, but you can make an out-and-back of nearly any length, and you can start just about anywhere to get different scenery every once in a while.
2007-04-03 7:23 AM
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Subject: RE: Good place for a 20+ mile run
Run the south Platte trail from C-470 for 10 miles then turn around and come back.  It's relatively flat... Or 10 laps at Wash Park...
2007-04-03 9:03 AM
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I'm a fan of the Highline Canal trail since the miles are marked.
2007-04-03 10:02 AM
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Subject: RE: Good place for a 20+ mile run
Here are two other ideas.  For long runs where I won't be able to carry enough liquids, I will run Wash Park.  That way, I can run a couple of laps (5.2 miles), then stop at my car for water.  In past marathon training, I also ran with Runners Edge of the Rockies.  They run all over the Denver Metro and will put out water stations every two miles along the route.  So for very long runs, you don't have to carry your hydration.  The first time you run with them, it's free and thereafter it's $10 if you are not a member.   Their website is www.runnersedgeoftherockies.com and the weekend run is updated on the website on Thursday.   Happy training.........


2007-04-06 11:13 AM
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Subject: RE: Good place for a 20+ mile run

Just something I found on the runner's edge site

 

Fine Print: One complimentary group run. Complimentary run may not exceed 12 miles.

2007-04-07 10:58 AM
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Mike,

A great place for a 20 miler is the New Santa Fe Trail.
A downhill with uphill return: Palmer Lake to the Air Force Academy and back
An uphill with downhill return: Ice Lake (at the Air Force Academy) to Monument (MM 5) and back
One way downhill run: Greenland Open space (northern trail-head) to Ice Lake (reverse for uphill run!)
Elevation changes: 6900 to 7200
Rest Rooms: Greenland, Palmer Lake, Baptist Road + Ice Lake (also between MM3+4 in season)

2007-04-07 1:47 PM
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Poppy - 2007-04-07 9:58 AM Mike, A great place for a 20 miler is the New Santa Fe Trail. A downhill with uphill return: Palmer Lake to the Air Force Academy and back An uphill with downhill return: Ice Lake (at the Air Force Academy) to Monument (MM 5) and back One way downhill run: Greenland Open space (northern trail-head) to Ice Lake (reverse for uphill run!) Elevation changes: 6900 to 7200 Rest Rooms: Greenland, Palmer Lake, Baptist Road + Ice Lake (also between MM3+4 in season)

Where is that?  I presume somewhere around Palmer Divide, Monument or the Springs.

2007-04-07 4:17 PM
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Yep!

The Palmer Divide/County Line Road/Exit 163 on I-25, it goes by all the aforementioned names!

The New Santa Fe trail-head is approximately 2.5 miles west of the interstate. It runs (!!!) all the way down to Colorado Springs, to Monument Creek Park.
(The south entry to the Greenland Open Space is also in the same proximity - just about a 1/4 mile closer to the interstate, the entry is on the right - small parking lot + port-a-potty!)
2007-04-14 7:48 PM
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Subject: RE: Good place for a 20+ mile run
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I decided on the Boulder Rez loop and it was nice and had deja vu from the Boulder Sprint.


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