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Mountain Chile Cha Cha

September 27th, 2014 — featuring the incredible terrain of Reservoir River Ranch!

5k (3.1miles), 10k (6.2miles) and 1/2 marathon (13.1miles)

*This is a Trail Runner Magazine Trophy Series Event

SCENIC TRAIL RUN ON PRIVATE TRAILS! Followed by an all-day Chile Festival!

730am Kid’s Race start & 830am Main Race start

Race highlights:

  • Spectacular views
  • Chip timed
  • Clif Product on course and at the end
  • IPod friendly (although you may enjoy the sounds of nature so much you won’t need it!)
  • Well stocked aid stations
  • Extra well marked course
  • Multiple course options—something for everyone
  • Top rated race bags, SWAG giveaway and prizes
  • Awesome Single-Track and fun elevation gains
  • A course comprised almost entirely of off-road trails!
  • Famous "GECKO" awards handmade by local students
  • Killer Mountain Chili Cha Cha festival food, beer and music after the run
  • Proceeds from the race goes to the local Pagosa Springs charity GECKO (Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors).

    Through the gracious generosity of the Levine family a large portion of this run takes place on pristine private property know as Reservoir River Ranch. The Ranch is otherwise inaccessible—we ask that you be respectful of this beautiful property and treat it as if it were your own. All entrants will receive a commemorative race memento, all finishers will receive a bright chile finisher’s necklace; all age group winners will receive a handmade (by local kids at the Elementary school) adobe chile medallion, and the top men and women for each of the three distances will receive a special medal award hand crafter by local artist (and Re.Sport Owner, Scott Slind). We're working with our sponsors to make sure we have great prizes too, and Swag Giveaways.

    The courses are all the same as 2013s 100% off-road, with plenty of beautiful trails to keep you entertained. All runners in all three distances will run the first 5ks together.

    The 10K course has been revised this year. All runners in all distances will run the first 5ks together, then the 10km runners (and 1/2 Marathon runners) continue up a series of switchbacks to the top of reservoir hill, traveling along to the Levine Property. The 10km then returns back along the 5km to the finish.

    The 1/2 Marathon also has a new course in 2013. You will run, the 5km loop with the others then along with the 10km runners you’ll continue up a series of switchbacks to the top of reservoir hill, traveling along to the Levine Property. After the 10km runners turn off, the 1/2 Marathon course runs along newly created single track which takes you to the opposite side of reservoir hill, into a basin, which forms a lollipop route as you return back on the same trail.

    It’s a challenging course, with more than 2300’ of climbing. The course consists of approximately a 1/2 mile of paved road—the balance being trail which ranges from dirt road to double track to single track. The trail is mountainous and scenic with awesome views as well as challenging climbing & descending. Additionally, this course features a family and spectator friendly finish though downtown Pagosa Springs.

    Perhaps the most unique and exciting part of this race is its relationship with the Mountain Chile Cha Cha festival. What better way to round out the day then to enjoy live music, cold beer and great food? If it’s hot you can cool off in the San Juan River or relax under the park trees while the chiles cook and the music rocks.

    Course Maps (PDF)

    Elevation Profile (PDF)

    Kid’s Free Fun Run

    We are running a kid’s free, 10yrs and under fun run (approximately 1/2 a mile) at 730am. Kid’s can run with Chile characters and get adobe finisher medals for participating.

    iPod friendly

    This is an iPod friendly race. However, because it is still a trail race with other people on the course (runners, horse riders, mountain bikers, other users) we ask that the use of these devices is done responsibly.

    If there are a few tunes that you need to get you through a rough patch, then great, but please be respectful and mindful of your surroundings.

    The noise of the forest in late summer is always a better alternative.

    Directions and Parking

    Access to the Start/Finish line area is at Town Park, in the heart of downtown Pagosa.

    Directions:Parking can be accessed from the east side of Hermosa Street. The entry to Hermosa Street from Hot Springs Blvd will be closed to traffic.

    Designated parking will be available at the Start /Finish area. There may be road closures at the race start so allow for extra time.

    On Course Fuel

    Our sponsor CLIF Bar and Clif Shot will be supplying on course fuel for this race - on course and afterwards. We'll also have a variety of runner’s snacks and water at every aid station. Aid stations locations and distances are clearly marked on the map course above.

    Jaguar G-Chip – important information about your timing chip and race bib number

    The Jaguar G-Chip is a disposable adhesive foam chip which has been placed on the back of your race number bib. It has been placed in location in accordance with the manufacturers specification.

    To maximize the accuracy of your result at the race on Saturday, please be aware of the following instructions.

    • Only pin the top two holes of the bib to the front of your shirt, top, vest
    • Do not fold the number bib and wear it on your shorts
    • The number bib needs to be worn as high as practically possible. The manufacturer preference is to wear the bib at chest height


    We have three accommodation partners offering 15% discount off for runners and their families, although there are many more accommodation options to be found at One person in your party may need to show a race bib to validate the discount code on arrival.

    After Party

    Awards presentations will be at the Start/Finish area commencing between 12 and 12:30pm.

    However, the most unique and exciting part of this race is its relationship with the Mountain Chile Cha Cha festival. What better way to round out the day then to enjoy live music, cold beer and great food?

    This is a whole day festivals with Beer Garden, Food Booths, Margarita contest, Free live concert and a Kid’s Fun Corner – lots to do for the whole family!


    Much in the same way that Easterners equate the smell of pressed apples with the coming of fall, Southwesterners know it's autumn by the smell of roasting green chiles, usually the Hatch variety from New Mexico, but sometimes Big Jims, which are commonly grown around Grand Junction. The Sixth annual Patty Aragon Green Chile Classic will offer up more than $600 in prize money and some pretty sweet trophies and bragging rights. Hundreds of people will line up to taste and judge chiles hand crafted by professionals and home cooks. This event will be slightly different than a typical chile cook-off because it ONLY features green chile, a dish that is ubiquitous in our region but not as well-known outside of New Mexico and southern Colorado. Public tasting opens at 12:30.

    For more information contact Jacque at or visit


    Visit Hey Bro Green Chile at the Mountain Chile Cha Cha on Saturday, August 24th in Town Park, Downtown Pagosa Springs to purchase delicious, fresh roasted Hatch green chiles. Or call 970-946-4219 to pre-order bushels.

    Corporate Sponsors

    Nols - National Outdoor Leadership Society Road Runners Club of America A&L Coors Children and Nature The Hub