Three Fun Run & Bike Events at Denver's Cherry Creek State Park

*** We also offer a 4 Mile Run-Only Option for just $17 (early registration price) at all three Chilly Cheeks events ***

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2013-2014 Series

December 14, 2013

January 18, 2014

February 22, 2014

Current Series Standings


Some video from the January 21, 2012 race!


Some video from the February 25, 2012 race!



Race & Entry Information

Denver's low key, low cost multisport winter series!!!

The Chilly Cheeks Winter Duathlon series is composed of three run-bike events at the Cherry Creek Reservoir. We provide a marked and marshaled course, accurate timing, light refreshments, and some fun mid-winter competition in the heart of Denver. Enter one race, or all-three - it's up to you.

No, you won't a t-shirt or a gourmet meal - but you won't be out the big bucks either. Register for all three duathlons by December 14th and get a pair of Chilly Cheeks Sweat Pants - perfect for pulling on post-race or for lounging around the house. These are always a big hit, so they're back for the 2013/2014 series!

2013/2014 Entry Fees

Duathlon Series Entry: Includes all three races and a free pair of Chilly Cheeks Sweat Pants!

  • Aug. 27 - Dec. 4 - $90
  • Dec. 5 - 5pm Dec. 13 - $95
  • December 14th - $100

Individual Race Duathlon Entry: (duathlon sweat pants available for an additional $20)

  • Race-1: $32 through 12/4; $37 12/5-12/13; $45 on race day
  • Race-2: $32 through 1/7; $37 1/8-1/17; $45 on race day
  • Race-3: $32 through 2/11; $37 2/12-2/21; $45 on race day

4-Mile Run Series Entry: (duathlon sweat pants available for an additional $20)

  • Aug. 27 - Dec. 4 - $45
  • Dec. 5 - 5pm Dec. 13 - $50
  • December 14th - $55

Individual Race 4-Mile Run Entry: (duathlon sweat pants available for an additional $20)

  • Race-1: $17 through 12/4; $22 12/5-12/13; $27 on race day
  • Race-2: $17 through 1/7; $22 1/8-1/17; $27 on race day
  • Race-3: $17 through 2/11; $22 2/12-2/21; $27 on race day

Online registration will close at 5pm the Friday before each event. Entry fee does not include park entry.

Awards will be presented for the overall series only. There will be two divisions - Fat-Tire and Open, with 5 age categories for men and women in each division: 29 & under, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 & over. (Sorry, no relay teams).

If you enter the Fat Tire Division, you must ride a mountain bike or Hybrid with a minimum tire width of 1.90. If you enter the Open Division, you may ride whatever type of bike the weather and course conditions dictate.


Sometimes it's sunny and dry

Remember, this is a winter event, and although the entire bike course is paved, there may be snow, sand, and/or ice along the route. This website will be updated approximately 2 days before each event with the course condition to assist you in choosing your bike and shoes for the event. All race information will be posted to this website - no email updates will be sent.


Sometimes it's snowy and grey

Races will be contested regardless of conditions - and if the weather warrants we may change the distances, course, or format of the race accordingly, so no grumbling - this is all about having fun in the winter.


Point Standings & Awards

Points will be awarded in two divisions - Fat-Tire and Open, with 5 age categories for men and women in each division: 29 & under, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 & over. Your series age will be based on your age on December 31, 2012. You cannot switch series categories once the series begins.

If you enter the Fat Tire Division, you must ride a mountain bike or Hybrid with a minimum tire width of 1.90. If you enter the Open Division, you may ride whatever type of bike the weather and course conditions dictate.

Remember, this is a winter event, and although the entire bike course is paved, there may be snow, sand, and/or ice along the route. This website will be updated approximately 2 days before each event with the course condition to assist you in choosing your bike and shoes for the event..

Races will be contested regardless of conditions - and if the weather warrants we may change the distances, course, or format of the race accordingly, so no grumbling - this is all about having fun in the winter.

There will be no awards presented for the three events individually. Instead, points will be awarded to the top-15 in each category as follows:

PLACE        POINTS
1              20
2              18
3              16
4              14
5              12
6              10
7               9
8               8
9               7
10              6
11              5
12              4
13              3
14              2
15              1

You must earn points at least 2 events to be eligible for series awards, however points will accumulate throughout all 3 races in the series. Depth of series awards will in each category will be based on entries received. All ties in points will be broken by the place in the final series event. If neither tieing party participated in the final event, then the tie will be broken by the place in the second series event.


PAST RESULTS

2012/13 Race Results:
2011/12 Race Results:
2010/11 Race Results:
2009/10 Race Results:
2008/09 Race Results:
2007/08 Race Results:
2006/07 Race Results:
2005/06 Race Results:
2004/05 Race Results:
2003/04 Race Results:


A nice dry bike route

RACE #3 COURSE UPDATE (updated Thursday 02/20/14): Course conditions are looking pretty good for Saturday's race!!! We have also got our biggest Chilly Cheeks field of the year signed up, and registration will remain open until 5pm on Friday. The weather is looking good as well for the final event in the 11th edition of the Chilly Cheeks Duathlon Series!

Remember - you cannot give your entry to a friend. Photo ID will be checked at packet pickup. Only the registered participant may pick up their packet.

This is also the final event in the duathlon series, and we will be presenting series awards immediately following the race. There is a link to the series standings on the upper left side of this page, just below the registration and 2014 results links. If you think you may have won an award, please stick around and collect the goodies that you've earned!

I appreciate the job all of you have done in following the parking instructions this year! In the past, we have had issues with participants driving or parking on the grass, as well as parking along the road. This year, we have had no such problems!

Just to review the parking instructions: All vehicles entering the park must pay the entrance fee at the gate, and must park in the lots designated for the race. There will be limited parking at the Hobie Hill lot, immediately adjacent to transition. Once the lot is full, all additional vehicles must park in the Marina parking lot just 200 yards beyond transition.

We will cone-off the Hobie Hill lot once it is full. Any open spaces you see after this time are reserved for volunteers and medical staff, so please respect the closure and park at the Marina. If the extra 200 yards of walking is too much, I believe there is a knitting group that meets at 10am on Saturday with plenty of close-in parking ;o)

A light dusting of snow hit the park on Wednesday night, but when I toured the course at 11:30am on Thursday, 90 percent of it had already melted off the road. With Friday's warm and sunny forecast, the roads should be in great shape for the bike course, with the exception of a section that you will pass between 2 and 3 miles into the course on your way out, and again between 8 and 9 miles on your way back.

This area was impacted by the September floods, and there is a good-sized ice flow that has been broken up by auto traffic. It's a bit of a mess, and I really have no idea how it will look on race morning, after the warm weather and sun we will be getting on Friday.

The repair work they have been doing in this area includes some new pavement, but there are bumps as you enter and exit the new pavement, so be ready for that.

Please make sure you attend the pre-race briefing on Saturday morning for details. We will also make sure our packet pickup staff has the details on this part of the course.

On the run course, the bike paths and roads are already free of snow and ice, and the grassy areas and small sections of the dirt trails had a little bit of snow accumulation, but I anticipate most of that will be gone by Saturday as well.

So, to sum it up, the course is ready for some fast times, but you will need to ride with caution through the two spots mentioned above.

We'll see you on Saturday morning!!!

4 Mile Run-only Option!

Again this season, we will be offering a 4 mile run option in addition to the duathlon. This no-frills 4-mile run follows the same fun course as the duathlon, covering a mix of road, paved bike path, and well maintained dirt trails.

The run-only events will be offered at all three races this winter! The December and January runs will begin promptly at 10:00am. The Run-Only wave of the February race will begin at 10:20am. Packet pick-up on both dates will close at 10:00am.

This is a no-frills event - we don't do awards or shirts, but we do have some yummy goodies afterwards, and we will be awarding sponsor merchandise to random finishers at the finish line. All races will be chip-timed.

Races will be contested regardless of conditions - and if the weather warrants we may change the distance or course, so no grumbling - this is all about having fun in the winter. Be prepared for dry roads and trails, but also be prepared for knee-deep snow!


The Duathlon Series

The Chilly Cheeks Duathlon Series is composed of 3 events - each with a different format. Each race is comprised of approximately 4 miles of running on paved roads, bike paths, and dirt trails. There will also be approximately 10 miles of paved cycling in each race.

Keep in mind, this is a winter event, and although the entire bike course is paved, there may be snow, sand, and/or ice along the route. This website will be updated approximately 2 days before each event (no emails will be sent) with the course conditions to assist you in choosing your bike and shoes for the event. The photos on this page will give you an idea of the variety of conditions you may experience in this series.

Races will be contested regardless of conditions - and if the weather warrants we may change the distances, course, or format of the race accordingly, so no grumbling - this is all about having fun in the winter.


December 14, 2013: Start Time-10:00 a.m. - Click Here for Course Map Chilly Cheeks #1 will start with a 4-mile road and dirt-trail run, finish with a 10 mile paved bike ride. The event will start and finish at the Hobie Hill area, near the West Entrance to the park. Directions: From I-25 Take Exit 199 (Belleview) and turn East on Belleview. Drive approximately 1.5 miles to Dayton (there is a stoplight). Turn left on Dayton and drive approximately 0.5 miles. The park entrance will be on your right. Parking will take place at the Hobie Hill parking lot. Once you are inside the park, signs will direct you to the Hobie Hill lot. Once Hobie Hill has filled, additional parking will be available at the Marina, just 200 yards beyond Hobie Hill. All vehicles entering the park will be charged a $9 park entrance fee, so car-pooling is encouraged. Vehicles displaying a valid Colorado State Parks annual pass will not be charged. Bib and timing-chip pick-up will take place on race morning only beginning at 8:00am. Race day registration will be available - fees are $40 for the duathlon and $25 for the run-only - or save money and pre-register!!!

January 18, 2014: Start Time-10:00 a.m. - Chilly Cheeks #2 will be a fun and unique race. After completing a 1.5 mile run on paths and roadways in the park, you will mount your bikes for a single lap around the 3.6-mile paved loop. Next, you will do a 2.5 mile run, then mount your bikes for 2 laps of the 3.6 mile loop. Finally, you will rack your bike and run 50 meters to the finish line. Directions: From I-70 or from I-25, take I-225 to the South Parker Road exit. Drive south on S. Parker Road for approximately 1 mile. The park entrance will be on your right. Parking will take place at the Smoky Hill parking lot. Once you are inside the park, signs will direct you to the Smoky Hill lot. All vehicles entering the park will be charged a $9 park entrance fee, so car-pooling is encouraged. . Vehicles displaying a valid Colorado State Parks annual pass will not be charged. ,b>Bib and timing-chip pick-up will take place on race morning only beginning at 8:00am. Race day registration will be available - fees are $40 for the duathlon - or save money and pre-register!!!.

February 22, 2014: Start Time-10:00 a.m. (Run-Only will start at 10:20) - Click Here for Course Map Chilly Cheeks #3 will start with a 10 mile non-drafting paved bike ride. Riders will go off in groups of 5-10 at 1 minute intervals. Starting groups will be assigned as entries are received. The race will finish with a 4-mile road and dirt-trail run. The event will start and finish at the Hobie Hill area, near the West Entrance to the park. Directions: From I-25 Take Exit 199 (Belleview) and turn East on Belleview. Drive approximately 1.5 miles to Dayton (there is a stoplight). Turn left on Dayton and drive approximately 0.5 miles. The park entrance will be on your right. Parking will take place at the Hobie Hill parking lot. Once you are inside the park, signs will direct you to the Hobie Hill lot. Once Hobie Hill has filled, additional parking will be available at the Marina, just 200 yards beyond Hobie Hill. All vehicles entering the park will be charged a $9 park entrance fee, so car-pooling is encouraged. Vehicles displaying a valid Colorado State Parks annual pass will not be charged. Bib and timing-chip pick-up will take place on race morning only beginning at 8:00am. Race day registration will be available - fees are $40 for the duathlon and $25 for the run-only - or save money and pre-register!!!


An unusually snowy run course

TRAINING PLANS

The Chilly Cheeks Winter Duathlon Series is a great way to get ready for the 2014 Mile-High Duathlon Series. The events are low key and fun!!! We have two FREE Duathlon Training Guides that you can download from our website to take your training a step further. The first plan, like the Chilly Cheeks Series, is a low-key approach to duathlon training. It basically gives you the guidelines, and you take it from there. The second is a more structured approach to training. You fill out a series of worksheets, and come up each day's workouts for the whole season!

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For more information on the Chilly Cheeks Duathlon Series, call Darrin or Jill at 303-642-7917, or email info@racingunderground.com


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January 18, 2014: Start Time-10:00 a.m. - Chilly Cheeks #2 will be a fun and unique race. After completing a 1.5 mile run on paths and roadways in the park, you will mount your bikes for a single lap around the 3.6-mile paved loop. Next, you will do a 2.5 mile run, then mount your bikes for 2 laps of the 3.6 mile loop. Finally, you will rack your bike and run 50 mete