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Flaming Foliage Relay
Date: Friday, September 10, 2021
City: Idaho Springs
Contact: Timberline Events LLC This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Start Time: 05:00am



Click here for entry fees and to register.

Roads Less Traveled Relays is thrilled to announce the Flaming Foliage Relay and the return of Georgia Pass to the Colorado relay race scene. This is a reintroduction of the best part of the original relay in Colorado that Outward Bound created back in 1998. It has been missed by many Colorado runners.


The first half of the FFR will follow Outward Bound's original route - starting in Idaho Springs, going to Georgetown, and the epic Leg 4, 5, and 6 climbs up to the summit of Guanella Pass. The construction on Guanella Pass has been completed, so the issues that caused the pass to close in the past have been eliminated.

After the descent, lucky runners will start the single track portion on Burning Bush Trail, highlighted by the classic Leg 11 over Georgia Pass to Breckenridge. Many teams drew straws to select who would run this leg it was so popular.

Next, runners will run on the bike paths through Frisco to Copper Mountain. But here, the route will deviate from the original as runners will go over their third pass, Fremont Pass, to Leadville. Just imagine how bright the stars will be due to the absence of light pollution! After a loop around Turquoise Lake and back to Leadville, runners will work their way down the Arkansas River Valley and finish at River Park in Buena Vista.

FFR Route Map

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There are two main divisions of teams in the Flaming Foliage Relay: 10-person and 5-person Ultra teams. Both divisions have competitive and non-competitive options.

10-person teams (6 - 10 runners) have seven competitive categories to choose from: Men's, Women's, Mixed, Open, Masters, or Flatlanders (all team members live below 2,500 feet) categories. Each person on a competitive 12-member team runs three legs of the race in rotation, with legs averaging 5.25 miles in distance.

High School teams are also invited to participate and have a discounted registration fee.

Ultra teams (4 - 5 runners) have three options to choose from. Ultra teams can choose the 6 x 1 option where each runner is responsible for one leg of the race averaging 32-miles or the 5 x 6 option where each runner is responsible for 6 legs run in rotation just like the 10-person teams. The Super Ultra option is for ultra runners who want the challenge of running the route solo or on a team of up to three runners.

The Helter Skelter category is available for both 10-person and Ultra teams and is a non-competitive category. Whereas competitive teams must follow the standard relay rules of keeping the running order of their team intact, the Helter Skelter category is for teams that choose to have their runners run in any order they want. No category awards are given to the Helter Skelter categories.

Teams start in waves from 5:00 AM to 10:00 AM - a team's starting time is dependent on a team's pace.


The Flaming Foliage Relay is an adventure race in that teams are running continuously through the night to reach the finish. Many find this to be the highlight of their experience - their run in the middle of the night under the stars or full moon.

There are also sections of single track trail through the wilderness, including running over exposed passes over 10,000 feet, so runners must be prepared to carry their own water, warm clothing, and be responsible for reading their leg maps.

So as it is an adventure race with a 160-mile route, teams must be aware of and accept certain responsibilities:

  • Teams are self supporting - teams are responsible to stocking their vans with their own water, food, first aid supplies, etc. While directional arrows are placed on the course, the responsibility of knowing and following the prescribed course rests with each participant. Please always print, study, and understand the leg maps available for print on this website.

  • Hazards are not marked - runners should proceed with caution.

  • The route is not closed to traffic - runners are running on the side of the road. Therefore, appropriate rules (for safety and for consideration to the people who live there) apply. These rules are similar to USA Triathlon sanctioned events as their races are usually on open courses.

  • There will be periodic time cut-offs - if a team does not reach a runner exchange by a certain time, they will have to jump ahead, skipping a leg(s) to continue.


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