Blisters & Brews 5K

  Start time: 8:30 AM
  Telluride, CO
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  • 5K / 3.1M — Road Run

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Blisters & Brews is a 5k Fundraiser Race giving Telluride Blues & Brews Festival goers with the opportunity to exercise before they imbibe.

The race, sponsored by BootDoctors Paragon Outdoors, will raise money for the Telluride Adaptive Sports Program in honor of festival friend Felix Snow.

The start/end end point of the race is located at Telluride's Elks Park, giving runners and supporters a place to gather in downtown Telluride. The route and start / finish area have been planned to maximize the running experience and highlight the beauty of the heart of Telluride. The race will end with live music, free beer and free Blues & Brews Free Yoga Sessions to bring the pre-Grand Tasting zen to a maximum.

The race route climbs up the River Trail giving racers the opportunity to take in the beauty of the iconic Bridal Veil Falls on the way up and a gentle decline for the way back down.

Race Schedule:
September 16
7:15 - 8:00 a.m. - Registration Open
8:30 a.m. - 5K Race Start
9:30 a.m. - Award Ceremony
10:00 a.m. - Free Yoga Sessions

The Course
Course begins Elks Park and climbs up the bike path to Pandora Mine and returns along the same route. Racers will follow Colorado Avenue east and pick up the river trail, climbing to the Pandora mine. Racers will turn around and enjoy cruising down to the finish at Elks Park. Two aid stations will provide water electrolytes and snacks.

Race Communication
Pre-race emails will be sent out to all participants twice. The first email will go out on Friday, September 8th. The second will go out on Tuesday, September 12th.

Travel in Telluride
Everything in Telluride is within walking distance, so there is no need for a car during the festival weekend. Both Telluride and Mountain Village offer free and paid ground transportation, as well as a free gondola system to move between the two communities.

Our gondola system is the most convenient and scenic way to travel between Telluride and Mountain Village. The Gondola runs from 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday, and 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. on Sunday of the festival. Free Shuttles: Galloping Goose shuttle buses run every 20 minutes between 7 a.m. and 1 a.m. during the festival weekend. Stops are located every few blocks throughout Telluride.

Packet Pickup / On-Site Registration
Race packets can be picked up at BootDoctors™ Paragon Outdoors on Friday, September 15 and the morning of the race at Elks Park beginning at 7:15 a.m.

Onsite registration will also be available at BootDoctors and at the race start, space permitting. Please note that on-site registration will be $45.

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