This professionally timed event traditionally is held the morning of the second Saturday in May.
Unique to Castle Rock, this event has participants ascend 178 feet as they climb the Challenge Hill at Philip S. Miller Park in one of five races. This race raises money and awareness for the Town of Castle Rock's Adaptive Recreation program.
- Race to the Top: One time, that's it! However we're talking 200 steps up.
- Trail Race: up the stairs, down the trail as many times as you can in 30 minutes.
- ClimbNRun 5K: New this year! Climb the stairs, down the switchbacks, and then finish the rest of the 5k on the trail!
- Power Hour: Not your every day hour! up and down, up and down, up and well you get the picture. How many can you do in 60 minutes?
- Run4Fun: This untimed event allows you to support the cause in a non competitive way. Once up the stairs and down the trail, includes shirt and medal. *This can be done at any time during the event except at the start of any of the above races.
Over the years volunteers, businesses, and families with children with cognitive and physical disabilities have banded together for the race and have raised thousands of dollars. All funds go directly to providing scholarships and to providing access to a wide variety of activities for these families. For more information or to register visit our Climb4Change page.
Castle Rock Trail Festival including the liveBIG 5k and Family Adventure Run
These professionally timed races are traditionally held the first Saturday in October.
The Castle Rock Trail Festival combines two of the more popular running events that are held at Philip S. Miller park, liveBIG Run and Ridgeline Trail Races. This event offers everything from an ultra-distance run to the liveBIG family adventure run. All races begin at the Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park and use the many different trails depending on which race you pick. Races include:
- 50k ultramarathon
- Half marathon
- Family adventure run
All proceeds from these races go to support the Castle Rock Adaptive Recreation program that is designed to enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities through participation in adaptive programming.
Tri the Rock
This professionally timed youth triathlon is a long-standing tradition in Castle Rock and is held the third Sunday in May.
From kids who have never even heard of a triathlon to seasoned competitive triathletes, Tri the Rock encourages kids to get out and give it a try. This annual youth triathlon is for young athletes ages 5 to 14 and is held a Butterfield Park. Courses are specific to age groups so be sure to check out the different divisions below and for more info or to register click on the link below.
- 5-6 year: 25 meter swim, 1 kilometer bike ride, 500 meter run.
- 7-8 and 9-10 years: 50 meter swim, 4 kilometer bike ride, 1 kilometer run.
- 11-12 and 13-14 years: 100 meter swim, 8 kilometer bike ride, 2 kilometer run.
First Friday 5k's After 5
Join us on the first Friday of every month, June through September, for a 5k untimed walk/run series along East Plum Creek Trail. Afterward enjoy live music, food trucks, cocktails, and more at Festival Park in the heart of downtown Castle Rock. Each Friday there will be a different theme for the race to go along with the live music performance that evening. Prizes will be given to best dressed, not who can finish the race the fastest. So come unwind after a long week with a beautiful trail run through Downtown Castle Rock and then stay for the free First Fridays, After 5 Concert Series in Festival Park!
You can register for the entire series or pick just one. Registration includes our swag item for each 5k, a beverage at the concert and different giveaways at each one for best dressed. Visit our First Friday's page for dates and information on each of the race themes.
Pedal the Moon
This family friendly event starts as the sun sets and celebrates the full moon. Timing of this event varies from year to year, depending on the lunar calendar, but generally happens in either July or August.
Come out for our only evening event that takes place on East Plum Creek Trail. We will be starting from one of two locations, Castle Rock Middle School (12 miles round trip), or Douglas County High School (3 mile round trip). Families will make their way to and from Festival Park.
Once at the park we will have glow in the dark decorations for their bikes, a weenie roast, giveaways, and new this year CSU Physics will have multiple telescopes to check out the moon and stars. Families are welcome to ride back to their starting point or can arrange to be picked up at Festival Park.
Strut Your Mutt
Sept. 7, 2019
We've partnered with the Pooch Plunge and added Strut your Mutt. This is an untimed event where you and your furry friend will walk around Butterfield Park before making your way into the pool to take the plunge. All Strut Your Mutt participants will get the VIP treatment and get access to the pool before anyone else. We will have swag to giveaway to all pooches/mutts that participate.
All proceeds will be donated to the Dumb Friends League of Castle Rock.