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The 1 Mile Fun Run starts and finishes at the town’s McPhelemy Park. Race Starts at 9:30 am. A must for youngsters!  Everyone gets a blue ribbon!

Something for everyone! Walkers are welcome in all events! We bus to the start the half marathon and 5K courses.

View BV Autumn Color Run 5k Race Course in a larger map. 

The 5K route spends much more time on smaller side roads and less time on CR Road 306.  Runners will finish the course on CR 306 as they make their way to the park, and when they hit 306 they will be very spread out making for more enjoyable and safe running conditions.  Buses transport runners to start. Buses leave at 9:40am. The the ACR 5K starts at 10am.

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The 10K run starts and finishes in McPhelemy Park.   This course has more elevation gain than any other, which isn’t much because BV is pretty flat by mountain town standards.  What goes up must come down; the good news is that the slight gradual uphill is over after the first third of the race, then a mostly flat with a few slight ups and downs for the middle third, then a slight and continuous decent into town and the finish line.  Cheerily staffed and well stocked aid stations will keep you going to the finish. We walk to the starting line from the registration pavilion in McPhelemy Park. The ACR 10K starts at 9am.

View BV Autumn Color Run Half Marathon Course Maps in a larger map.  We eliminated the detour off West Main Street near the end of the route.

The Half Marathon starts west of town above Cottonwood Lake and winds it’s way into town through a peaking aspen grove.  Run along Cottonwood Lake and follow dirt forest service and county roads, then on paved county roads for the final stretch. The course follows approximately 9 miles of dirt roads and 4 miles of pavement.  The course drops about 1,500 feet to an elevation of 8,000 feet in the town of Buena Vista.  While the elevation does drop steadily along the course it’s not all downhill. Buses transport runners to the start of the race. Spectators and photographers should park at the Cottonwood Lake parking lot. The views and photographs from along the lake will be amazing. Buses leave the park at 8:15am. The ACR Half Marathon will start at 9am; cut off time is 2pm.

Half Marathon elevation profile


the finish line for all races is in mcphelemy park. you will get a bottle of water as you cross the finish line and join the celebration. the acr has one of the best finish line celebrations in the state! Pasta salad bar plus an amazing assortment of home baked goodies, courtesy of the Starpoint families, with live music. 

Hang out with the runners while race medals are awarded and boogie down, or sit and relax in the grass. Awards are typically held around noon.

All this in such a beautiful setting, and certainly a day you will remember.  Bring your friends and family for a memorable and fun weekend in Buena Vista, CO.