Crested Butte Summit Hike and Half Marathon
Join us on the hike to the top of Mt. Crested Butte (12,162 feet), and raise money to provide support, education and awareness to those living with cancer. The Crested Butte Summit Hike is a fund raising event to benefit people living with cancer and their loved ones. Money raised from the hike helps recipients pay medical bills and alleviate the stress of daily living expenses during their cancer treatments. The Summit Hike is hosted by Living Journeys, a non-profit organization. In 2012, Living Journeys contributed approximately $35,000 in counseling services and financial assistance to Gunnison County residents giving with cancer.
The summit of Mt. Crested Butte is accessible to a wide variety of fitness levels and ages. Participants have the option to hike the challenging 11.5 miles (round trip), or modify the hike by riding the chair lift, which covers 2000 vertical feet in 15 minutes. From the top of the chair lift, participants hike a high alpine trail to the peak (2 miles round trip, 762 vertical feet). Everyone is encouraged to take their time, have fun and honor those whose lives have been touched by cancer.
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Crested Butte Mountain Half Marathon
The Living Journeys Summit Hike will include a timed Half Marathon. The approximately 13 mile race will start at the base area promptly at 8am. This challenging course will begin with a brief section of service road then will quickly move onto singletrack for approximately 4.5 miles. As you climb to the top of the Silver Queen lift the trail will once again move onto service road for the 2 miles of switchbacks and then back onto rolling cross country single track for the last 6 miles of the race with a dramatic finish at the base area. Field is limited to 100 runners. Prizes awarded for top male and female finishers, top master male and female, oldest and youngest finishers. Aid stations will be available. All runners get a Living Journeys shirt and other shwag. Please help us raise money by collecting pledges!
Saturday, July 27th, 2013
Registration and Hike begin at 7:00am Half Marathon will begin at 8:00am Post-Event Celebration: 10:00am The post event celebration begins at 10am with live music. The celebration will also include a healthy lunch created by Crested Butte's Personal Chefs, soft drinks, beer and the award presentation. The silent auction will conclude at 1:30pm. Feel free to encourage friends and family who cannot hike to come to the celebration, have lunch, listed to wonderful music and support Living Journeys for only $25 a person. Silent Auction items will be ready for bidding on at 7am when the hike begins
How to Participate in Run or Hike
Registration fee for each participant is $50.00 plus processing fee ( kids 12 and under $10). In addition, each participant is encouraged to raise pledges. Pledges raised by hikers are our primary source of funds, therefore we encourage every participant to raise at least $100 in pledges to be turned in the day of the event. CLICK HERE to open and print a pledge form
ALL RUNNERS AND HIKERS: Again, we will be checking participants in and doing last minute registrations the evening before the hike. You will be able to check in or register, receive your Hike booty and an ID bib so that on Saturday morning you can just show up and hike or run! Check-in will take place at the Chamber of Commerce at the 4-way stop from 4-7pm. If you miss that we will of course be registering and checking folks in on Saturday morning at the Hike. Please remember to bring the money you collected in pledges as well as names and addresses of folks who donated. Please encourage friends to come join us- even if they cannot hike they are welcome to come to the celebration and silent auction which begins at 10am at the base of the Silver Queen in the big white tent.
Team Hike Registration
Consider registering as a team. Groups of friends, companies and organizations can gain visability at the hike for their team's efforts. Team registration is limited to 10 participants per team.
All Hikers and Runners will receive a Living Journeys Summit Hike and Half Marathon 2013 Shirt ! Prizes donated from our sponsors will be awarded to the top 3 individual fund raisers and the top fundraising team for the Hike. Prizes will be awarded to top make and female runners overall and masters as well as youngest and oldest finishers. Wear your funkiest get up because this year we'll also be giving a prize for best costume.
Sponsor a participant
Yes, you can sponsor a participant or team right here. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the "Sponsorship/donation to a Summit Hike participant" button. Fill out the requested information and you will be given a space to write the individual or team you would like to sponsor. Your donation will be credited to them.
Mt. Crested Butte is situated in the heart of the West Elk Mountains in southwestern Colorado. At the summit of Mt. Crested Butte (12,162 feet) participants will get a 360 degree view of the West Elk Mountaiins, the Raggeds, the Snowmass/Maroon Bells Wilderness and the Gunnison National Forest.