Suffer Better is hosting the inaugural Colorado version of Jared Campbell’s successful Utah-based Running Up for Air event. Launched by Jared in Salt Lake City some 5 years ago, RUFA draws attention to Salt Lake's horrific winter air and raises money for improving Salt Lake's air quality. The CO version is intended to do the very same thing. Our air here in the Mile High City during the colder months can be, as you know if you live here, also horrific. A growing population, ongoing construction and emissions from an increasing number of cars and trucks contribute to reduced air quality, while regular winter inversions occasionally hold the poor air over the city like a foul-smelling, nasty-tasting blanket. The health consequences for everyone, including athletes, can be harsh.
We will be hosting the first Colorado Edition of Running Up for Air on a parcel of private land near Evergreen, CO. The course begins at 7700 feet and each lap takes runners up to 8500 feet and views of Mt Evans and Denver. Each lap is a 2.7 mile circuit of forest road and rugged trail through a beautiful pine forest. Runners sign up to run for 3, 6 or 12 hours, repeating laps up to Granite Peak and back down. Participants are also asked to obtain pledges for their laps from friends, family and colleagues, the proceeds going to Conservation CO, a local 501c3 organization, to support their work and advocacy to improve our air. We will also be donating 10% of our proceeds to Jared's chosen nonprofit in Salt Lake, Breathe Utah, which also focuses its good work on clean air.