EVERGREEN, Colo. – Two races this weekend will not only take runners on a scenic course at Evergreen, but will also support the Alpine Rescue Team, which provides free 24/7 search and rescue services.
The Evergreen Town Race, the Alpine Rescue Team’s premier fundraiser, celebrates its 42nd anniversary in 2022 with a 5k and 10k course that descends Upper Bear Creek and ends at Evergreen Lake House. With the downhill, riders can expect fast times along the point-to-point course. According to race organizers, the state’s fastest 5k road record – 14:07, set by Jason Hubbard – was set at the Evergreen Town Race in 1998.
These races are the biggest and most important fundraiser for the Alpine Rescue Team, according to the Evergreen-based team. The team has approximately 100 volunteers who save lives each year in Jefferson, Clear Creek and Gilpin counties. They are one of the busiest rescue teams in the state, typically undertaking more than 120 missions each year, the team said.
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The Alpine Rescue Team never charges for a rescue. Funds raised through the Evergreen Town Race will help them with their search and rescue missions, which range from avalanches to lost hikers to vertical rescues.
This is the first time Alpine Rescue Team has been able to stage the race after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Evergreen Town Race welcomes runners of all skill levels, as well as runners in wheelchairs, hand bikes, adult strollers, and runners with children in jogging strollers. Dogs that can ride the transport buses are also welcome.
To register, visit the Evergreen Town Race website here. You can also sign up for Runners Roost in Golden, Runners Roost in Lakewood, and Boone Mountain Sports in Evergreen. Registration day begins at 6:30 a.m.
A bus will transport runners to the start line from Evergreen High School free of charge. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. and costs $35. The 10K starts at 8:45 a.m. and costs $45.
Click here for all the details of the race. You can support Alpine Rescue Team at all times through their website under the “Support” tab.
In Colorado, anyone rescued by an all-volunteer search and rescue team will not be charged for their rescue, but they are responsible for medical care provided by ambulance personnel and medical transportation, whether by ambulance or by helicopter.