Wolf Creek trails not just for winter

By Kirsten Le Roux
Special to The SUN

You’ve skied the trails on Wolf Creek Pass, but have you hiked, jogged or mountain biked them? Here’s your chance to check out the trails at Wolf Creek on a beautiful summer’s day.

GECKO (Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors) is trying a new event concept at Wolf Creek this weekend. This Saturday, July 19, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can bring your trail running shoes or your mountain bike and enjoy a short-lapped course of each. Safe and fun, you return each lap to the trunk of your car and to any comforts you may need only to go out again for another loop (if you want) or send out the next person in your relay team.

GECKO will have a basecamp set up with an aid station and music at the start/finish area at the top of the Wolf Creek parking lot for refueling and refreshing.

Both the run and mountain bike are open to all ages and abilities. You don’t have to complete the full eight hours solo. You can do as many laps as you want and take breaks as long as you like, as well. You can also enter a team of up to four (of either mountain bikers or trail runners). It’s also a great opportunity for those wanting some altitude training for races later in the summer. It’s a supported day where you can try out your gear and nutrition. At over 10,000 feet, Wolf Creek is a beautiful, scenic venue for a day out.

To make it accessible, fair and fun, GECKO is trying something different with registration. You can RSVP online, but can only pay on the day (credit card, check or cash), and there’s no set entry fee. Pay what you want. Pay what you can. Pay it forward with GECKO.

“8 Hours of Wolf Creek” multi-sport commemorative socks will be on sale for $10 each on the day of the event.

For questions regarding the event, contact Mike Le Roux at 398-0612 or email info@joingecko.org. The website is www.joingecko.org.

This story was posted on July 17, 2014.