JUNE 5 2021

2021 New and Improved Course

(aid stations and precise start locations are subject to change)

Running along

the mighty Rio Grande

Up in the San Juan Mountains of Southern Colorado, the Rio Grande begins it's 1,800 mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico. The Runoff Runoff marathon, half marathon, and 6K follow the scenic headwaters of the Rio Grande, starting and ending in the historic mountain town of Creede, Colorado. Organized by the Headwaters Alliance (formerly the Willow Creek Reclamation Committee), this event raises funds to support river restoration and stewardship projects that improve water quality, wildlife habitat, recreation, quality of life, and the overall condition of the Rio Grande headwaters. 

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The race is a go for 2021!

After a year off due to the unprecedented events of COVID-19, Headwaters Alliance is proud to once again host the RunOff RunOff Marathon, Half-Marathon and 6k Race.

We acknowledge that COVID-19 will undoubtedly continue to present obstacles, but we are preparing for a COVID-safe event that will prioritize safety while still offering post-race music and space for people and families to enjoy. The post-race event is subject to change in response to COVID precautions. Precautions include, face masks while not running, hand wash stations, and staggered starts for social distancing.

New year, new and improved course!

Thanks to insightful feedback from previous years, we have decided to create a course that eliminates running on Highway 149 and instead follows well-maintained dirt roads on Deep Creek Rd. and Middle Creek Rd. Much of the course is on USFS land. The course is much safer and even more beautiful. Scroll down to see the map!

Past successful Runoff Runoff events stem from the enormous support of our local businesses. This year will be no different, with old and new sources of support. Thank you to sponsors and participants who make this event special.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2021 Runoff Runoff Races, here at the beautiful headwaters of the Rio Grande.  Be wise, stay safe, and may you and your loved ones enjoy health. If you have any further questions about safety precautions, please email coordinator@headwatersalliance.org.

Event Organizer:

Alex Handloff


HWA is an equal opportunity service provider and employer and operates under a special use permit from the USDA Forest Service, Rio Grande National Forest.

Creede, Colorado

Run along the Rio Grande