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Runners make their way through Colorado National Monument in the annual Rim Rock Marathon.



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Runners make their way through Colorado National Monument in the annual Rim Rock Marathon.

The Rim Rock Marathon is the crown jewel for many runners in Mesa County, but it’s almost six months away.

Until Nov. 12, there are a number of running events to encourage you to prepare for the run over Colorado National Monument.

Keep an eye on the schedules of various area festivals as there often are organized runs planned.

For example, the Palisade Peach Festival in August has the Peach Fest 3- & 5-Miler (http://www.palisadepeachfest.com) and Dinosaur Days in July has a 7K Pteranodon Ptrot (http://www.museumofwesternco.com).

The Mesa Monument Striders running club is a good group to go to for information on upcoming 5K and trail running events and to get acquainted with other runners. The Striders’ website is http://www.mmstriders.com.

And now for those who want to get Rim Rock Marathon under their running shoes, here are a few details.

The race includes a 2,000-foot elevation gain and a 2,100 elevation drop as it follows Rim Rock Drive over the monument. To register, go to http://www.rimrockmarathon.com.

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MORE THAN RUNNING

While not a strictly running event, a triathlon can be a great way to cross-train when other events aren’t scheduled.

• The Highline Hustle Sprint Triathlon is set for June 11 at Highline State Park. There’s a 500-meter swim, 16-mile bike route and 3.1-mile run. Register at http://www.gjcity.org; Entry fee: $65.

• The Black Canyon Sprint Triathlon is set for Oct. 1 in Montrose. There’s a 500-yard swim, 24K (14.6-mile) bike course and 5K (3.1-mile) run. Go to bctri.com for information.

Note: The Western Colorado Triathlon in September has been canceled.

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