James St. John
Gold nugget. You're a real prospector now.
If I ever express a desire to run, there's probably a really good reason, like a major explosion or a knife-wielding maniac.
But I understand that not all of you share this aversion. Some people run because it's good for their heart. Some people run because it's good for their thighs. I've even heard a few weirdos describe this loathsome activity as a source of joy and fulfillment in their lives.
Here's a better reason to run: gold nuggets. Haven't you always wanted a gold nugget? I know I have. (Though, to be clear, I'm still not willing to run in exchange for one.)
Blakely + Company and the City of Cripple Creek have organized the fourth annual Mine to Mine Challenge
race on Oct. 10 in Cripple Creek. Winners of the 9K road race will get real gold nuggets from the mining town's own hills. Everyone else will get a T-shirt and a chance to take in some really pretty views.
The race costs $35, and an organizer explains that it doesn't really raise any money — it's mainly intended to get people to check out Cripple Creek.
Anyway, read on for the details, runners:
CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo., Sept. 3, 2015 – The City of Cripple Creek will host its fourth annual Mine to Mine Challenge race at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015.
This unique foot race begins across the street from a historic “Old West” mine, the Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine (at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center, 9283 South Highway 67, 80813), and finishes at a modern-day working mine, the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company.
Temperatures are about 10 degrees cooler than in Colorado Springs or Denver, and this 9K-road race takes place at an altitude of 9,494 feet, so plan clothing and hydration accordingly. Although the air may be thinner, the scenery is stunning. This race is point-to-point and includes mixed flats and hills. Runners of all levels are encouraged to participate.
Top men’s and women’s overall winners will win real gold nuggets. First-place winners receive $500 in gold nuggets, second place $200 and third place $100. Every age-group winner receives a one-of-a-kind core sample ore prize from the mine. In addition, runners earn a T-shirt with a cool design and bragging rights, plus the first beer (21 and over) is free with race entry.
Transportation will be provided to the Start Line and from the finish line to the Brass Ass. Also, a bag-drop service will be available to all runners.
Be sure to check out the race After Party on Bennett Avenue at the Brass Ass parking lot, complete with a Beer Garden and live music from 1 - 9 p.m.
On race day, packet pick-up will be available at the Cripple Creek Heritage Center, starting at 7:30 a.m.
To learn more about the race or to register, go online to MinetoMineChallenge.com. Entry fee is $35.