The Sunlight Showdown

Sat July 18 - Sun July 19 Glenwood Springs, CO US 81601 Directions

1/2 Marathon

07/19 7:30AM MDT - 2:00PM MDT

13 Mile Mountain Bike

07/18 7:30AM MDT - 2:00PM MDT

13 Mile Bike and Run

07/18 - 07/19 7:30AM MDT - 2:00PM MDT
10901 County Road 117
Glenwood Springs, CO US 81601

**Covid safe race!** We will be following all state and county regulations to make this a covid safe race. We have plenty of room for a social distanced start and will implement a covid passing rule to make everything as safe as possible. Come out and race!!

Do you have what it takes? If so, then come join us for an old school race weekend at Sunlight Mountain Resort. We will start off with a 13 mile mountain Bike race on July 18th and finish with a 13 mile trail run on July 19th. Participate in one of the races or do both on back to back days to see if you can be crowned The Sunlight Showdown Champion. 

The Course

Both races will be run on the same 13 mile course with 3000 ft in gain in reverse direction of each other. The race's are run on 75% single track and 25% double track on Sunlight Mountain Resort and the Babbish Gulch trail system during the peak of wildflower season. You will wind through open meadows, pine and aspen forest, stream crossings and will be treated with the best view of Mt Sopris in the valley. Mountain bikers will start off with an 1900 ft climb of Sunlight and the runners will finish with the same decent.

GPS of course running direction:

The Bike

I know 13 miles for some of you vets doesn't sound like a lot on a bike, but this is not your millennial buffed out machine built berm on the turn flow course. This is an old school rugged cross country throw your bike on your shoulder kind of race. This is the perfect proving grounds to find out whether the full suspension 27.5 or the hard-tail 29er on fatty's reins supreme. Fast descents, grinding uphills and amazing singletrack will have you coming back year after year to test yourself in The Sunlight Showdown.

There will be no aid stations for the mountain bike race

The Run

Challenge yourself with one of the toughest Half Marathons in the state. This is our 3rd year of the run and the course feedback from past runners has been phenomenal. If you are training for a trail marathon or 50k this is the perfect mid summer speed endurance race for you. Newcomers to the distance do not be scared off! Start with this race and your next half will seem like a walk in the park. 

There will be one water only cupless aid station for the run at mile 8.6


  • Top 3 Female and Male finishers for both races with receive 2020/21 winter lift tickets to Sunlight Mountain Resort
  • Overall Female and Male racers with the best combined time for the 2 races will win a season pass for the 2020/21 winter season to Sunlight Mountain Resort
  • First Female and Male Mountain Biker to the top of Sunlight will both receive King and Queen of the mountain prizes 


All proceeds benefit the Garfield County Search and Rescue and trail improvements on and around Sunlight Mountain Resort.

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