Black Squirrel is a GO
We are very happy to announce that the Black Squirrel Trail Half Marathon has provisional approval from the Larimer County Department of Public Health and Lory State Park! The approval is contingent on pandemic requirements remaining at (or improving from) their current levels of restrictiveness. Help keep the curve flattened!
Many thanks to innumerable friends and resources who helped craft a plan where the event can safely happen.
There’s a lot to communicate. Whether you are a runner, volunteer, pacer or crew - we need you to read it all - before you come to the race - including our full list of safety protocols and race changes.
As the pandemic continues to evolve, there is a strong chance some of these protocols will too. We promise to communicate any changes via email, social media and our website - but it is ultimately your responsibility to read, understand and follow the full list.
Here is a summary of the main points:
ALL participants (runners & volunteers) are required to:
Sign a COVID-specific waiver
Wear a mask at all times, except when 1) running 2) eating/drinking
Have a contactless Temperature Check upon arrival. Those with temperatures above 100.4F will be required to leave
Limited Service at Aid Stations
Wave Starts & changes to start times (see info here; wave swap requests due by Sept 6)
No Awards Ceremony, Food/Drinks-To-Go
Discouraging attendance of families & spectators
We all look forward to a fun, relaxed atmosphere that feels normal, yet we all also know things will be different. Our approval to hold this race is contingent on following safety protocols submitted to and approved by the Larimer County Department of Public Health, and we appreciate you playing your part. Those not cooperating will be asked to leave and could be subject to disqualification. We really don't want to have to do that, so let's all play by the rules and continue to gain trust as a responsible user group.
For current registrants, if you feel unsafe taking part with the protocols we’ve put in place, or this year’s race experience will not be fulfilling for you, we encourage you to defer. 100% credit transfer to 2021 will remain open for another week, through the end of the day on August 20, after which point our normal deferral policies will resume.
We are reducing our field sizes. Black Squirrel will be capped at 300 runners. Space still remains as of now.
As ultrarunners ourselves, we are doing our best to strike a balance between a fulfilling race experience and ensuring we can manage risks to your health and safety. Please contact us any time with questions.
Brad Bishop & Nick Clark
P.S. Wash your hands
The Black Squirrel Half Marathon will take place on the wonderful trails of Lory State Park to the northeast of Fort Collins, Colorado.
The half marathon course offers a tour of the outer boundaries of Lory State Park, providing breathtaking views to the south and east of Horsetooth Reservoir, Fort Collins and the Great Plains; and to the West of the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountain swell.
The race covers a variety of terrain, all of which is runnable although technical in places. After a mile of dirt roads, the course ascends a little under four miles and 1,500 feet to the apex at 7,000 feet on Lory’s west ridge. The views are well worth the climb. A bomber descent follows, leaving three and a half miles of beautiful, gently rolling hardpacked singletrack into the finish.
Our aim is to offer a trail running experience that is challenging, yet accessible to all.
Rules & Registration Details
Please visit our registration page for our complete transfer and refund policy.
Local time: 10:46 PM
Click here to view our complete rules.