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.
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.
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
The first Saturday in September
9-9:30 a.m. arrival
9:30-10 a.m. walk
10 a.m. pool opens
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. 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.
Tunes for Trails Bike Ride
Join us for a trail bike ride before spending the night in the fresh air listening to live music at the outdoor Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park. Enjoy craft beers, cocktails, and delectable delights available for purchase from area vendors. Yard games and bounce houses will be set up for kids.
Dates: July 18 and Aug. 15
This event is free to everyone but registration is required.