Get ready

Yucky for outside training? Use your rec center -- the sports conditioning class is good for overall strength and endurance for any event. Check for rec center hours and the class schedule for this semester.

Winter doldrums got your running or riding in a funk?

Funk no more. Instead, look ahead for something amazing to train for and you'll be back in the endurance spirit in no time.

Colorado hosts some of the biggest and best endurance events around the country, and being in Boulder, you have the added benefit of already living and training at altitude for them. Whether you run or ride bikes, you'll find something to challenge your body and mind this summer.

Also: These events are traditions, Colorado classics. The Mount Evans Hill Climb has been going on for 47 years. The Leadville Trail is one of several ultra events out of one of our state's highest cities. And the Triple Bypass (bike ride) and Hardrock 100 (run) have become such a popular traditions that they sells out the first day registration opens -- which is why they aren't listed here. (Next time, look for the Hardrock in early December and the Triple Bypass in early January, if you're interested.)

Meanwhile, you still have a chance to join in on these traditions. Here are some big runs and rides that are still open -- you just have to pick your poison:

Mount Evans Hill Climb


When: July 21

What: Race, or just try to survive the ride up Colorado's only fourteener with a paved road to (nearly) the summit. Start in Idaho Springs and climb 6,575 feet over 27.4 miles to just short of the summit of Mount Evans (where mountain goats are likely to look down on you). Boulder's Peter Stetina won the race in 2010, and in 2004, our own Tom Danielson (who has won three times) set the current course record at 1:41:20. The best times for both men and women are under two hours -- so good luck!

Register: Opens Feb. 1


Copper Triangle

When: Aug. 4

What: This classic 78-mile loop links Copper Mountain, Leadville and Vail for nearly 6,000 feet of climbing (over some mega passes) in the Central Mountains. The ride ends back in Copper and benefits a charity with Boulder roots -- the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's.

Register: Registration is open


Leadville Trail 100

When: Aug. 11

What: This 100-mile mountain-bike race never dips below 9,200 feet. Throw in lung-busting climbs like Powerline and a total elevation gain of 14,000 feet, and you'll see why few would argue with calling this race both epic and classic.

Register: Lottery system; registration closes Jan. 31


Transrockies Run

When: Aug. 14-19

What: Grab your favorite trail-running pal and set out on a six-day journey with 25,000 feet of climbing from Buena Vista to Beaver Creek. (Now, the Transrockies Run also has a solo three-day run option that starts on the 14th in Buena Vista but ends in Camp Hale.) Every night at camp, you'll get to chow, commiserate and watch video of the runners -- and maybe you! -- out there on the beautiful course through some of the highest parts of the high country.

Register: Registration is open but expected to sell out


Wild West Relay

When: Aug. 3-4

What: This 200-mile run from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs is a wild overnight adventure that will take you and your team all the way into Wyoming and back to Colorado. Many do this run in teams of six or more, but if you're feeling fit and bold, you can go for fewer -- it's even been done solo. But, um, that's not recommended.

Register: Registration is open