One Big Reason Why Darrin Was So Happy with Chilly Cheeks Duathlon…

By Bill Plock

If you know or have met Darrin Eisman, you undoubtedly have felt his positive energy and just his energy in general. His company Racing Underground has a number of multisport and running races, including past weekend’s Chilly Cheeks duathlon at Cherry Creek State Park. It was the third and final race of this popular winter duathlon series. 

About 75 people raced in the cold around the west shore of the ice covered reservoir where even the slightest breeze added to the challenge of figuring out how to stay just warm enough to comfortably race. People raced on everything from TT bikes to fat tire snow bikes—although the roads were perfectly dry and clear.  Some wore puffy jackets and others shivered in minimal kits and even with a few in shorts! 

Susan Felicissimo

When Darrin popped out of his van (down by a lake, not a river :)), and was asked how the day was going, he smiled wide and beamed with happiness watching people race. 

Like all racing events, Covid has had a major impact on Darrin’s business.  His joy was more than just because the race was happening.

Darrin said, “I’m so excited, my staff is so amazing, and we did some things to cut costs with minimal awards and a few other things, but they volunteered to work for free and we actually might break even today! We did get few extra entries in the past week because we were recently allowed to go from 75 to 150 people. The series had sold out but with a few more people, we might break even and if we have any extra we will happily pay our employees—they are just awesome, they want people to have fun and be here.” 

Like other races, they made some modifications to make it as safe as possible. Things like a time trial bike start and an overly ample amount of room for bike racking and transitions. 

Top 2 male finishers, Austin O’Brien and Brian Folts with Darrin

Racing Underground recently held the popular winter running race, the Yeti Chase. In April there is another duathlon at Cherry Creek, the Barking Dog. Check out their website for all of their races. They have a fun variety of venues and races all over the front range.

http://www.racingunderground.com

Racing Underground Announces Free Virtual Races, Great Awards and Giving Back

Announcing the launch of the Racing Underground Community Race Series!!! www.RacingUnderground.com/Community

This is a FREE WEEKLY VIRTUAL SERIES, with a running option and a biking option each week. We will kick things off on April 6th with a 5k virtual run and a 10k virtual bike race (or you can do both).

We will be awarding free race entries and gift certificates from our sponsors by random drawing each week.

With the cancellation of the spring racing season, many of you are looking for motivation to continue training, and we hope this will keep you motivated.

Sign up for the first series event by noon on Sunday April 5th, then you must complete your virtual run or ride and post your results to the series results page between Monday April 6th and noon on Sunday April 12th.

Registration is FREE, but we are accepting optional donations for several worthy groups that we support with our events. Again, donations are optional and we understand that money may be tight for many of you – – we welcome you to participate either way!

Darrin, Jill, and the Racing Underground Crew!!!

Mt. Evans Ascent

Idaho Springs

Although the air will be noticeably thin at the starting line, Echo Lake’s 10,600 feet of elevation is just the beginning. The climb totals nearly 4,000 vertical feet – much of it above treeline – as you make your way 14.5 miles to the finish line located at the summit of one of the most recognizable peaks on Denver’s mountain skyline – 14,264 foot Mt. Evans.

Be inspired!!!

Join us on June 8, 2019 for another memorable run.
Spectators will include Bighorn Sheep, Marmots, and Mountain Goats – maybe even a few people!!!

 

Event details and registration here

Barkin’ Dog Duathlon

Denver

 

The Barkin’ Dog Duathlon celebrates 22 years as the kickoff race for the summer multisport season! The Barkin’ Dog is Colorado’s largest duathlon, and consistently one of the largest duathlons in the Western United States.

This race attracts some of the top pros in the country as well as a whole slew of first-time multisport athletes trying something different. If you can finish a 5K, you can complete a duathlon!

Participants can choose from the standard 5K Run, 34K Bike, 5K Run event or the short course which challenges participants with a 1.2 Mile Run, 11 Mile Bike, 5K Run.

We hope to see you at the 22nd edition of the Barkin’ Dog on April 20th!

 

Event details and registration here

Three Creeks Half Marathon

Denver

 

Racing Underground brings you an amazing half marathon this spring! The Three Creeks Half Marathon features a USA Track & Field certified half marathon course that is flat, fast and scenic!

Travel on foot through some of the most beautiful parts of Cherry Creek State Park, with a total combined elevation gain of only 291 feet spread out over 13.1 miles as the course follows the banks of Cherry Creek, Windmill Creek, and Cottonwood Creek on a mix of road, paved running trail, and wide dirt trails.

We hope to see you at the 5th annual Three Creeks Half this April!

 

Event details and registration here

Ralston Creek Half Marathon & 5k

Arvada

 

The Ralston Creek Half Marathon and 5K returns in 2019, after sold out fields in the half for the past 7 years! Join us at Colorado’s Premier Winter Half Marathon, and the finale to the 2018-2019 Racing Underground winter running series.

The Ralston Creek races feature a fun winter half-marathon and 5K run conveniently located on the west side of the Denver Metro Area in Arvada, Colorado. The courses covers a scenic mix of road and bike path over rolling terrain, and an optional early start time for half-marathon runners who expect to take more than 2.5 hours to complete the course!

Event details and registration here

Series Events:

Superior Stocking Run – Dec. 16, 2018

Yeti Chase 5k/10k – Jan. 20, 2019

Ralston Creek Half Marathon & 5k – Feb. 3, 2019

 

*To the best of our abilities, this information is correct. Please check the event website for the most accurate information.

Ralston Creek Half Marathon & 5k

Arvada

 

The Ralston Creek Half Marathon and 5K returns in 2019, after sold out fields in the half for the past 7 years! Join us at Colorado’s Premier Winter Half Marathon, and the finale to the 2018-2019 Racing Underground winter running series.

The Ralston Creek races feature a fun winter half-marathon and 5K run conveniently located on the west side of the Denver Metro Area in Arvada, Colorado. The courses covers a scenic mix of road and bike path over rolling terrain, and an optional early start time for half-marathon runners who expect to take more than 2.5 hours to complete the course!

Event details and registration here

Series Events:

Superior Stocking Run – Dec. 16, 2018

Yeti Chase 5k/10k – Jan. 20, 2019

Ralston Creek Half Marathon & 5k – Feb. 3, 2019

 

*To the best of our abilities, this information is correct. Please check the event website for the most accurate information.

Stocking Run 5k

Superior

 

Join us on Sunday December 16th for a fun and festive, family-friendly 5K run and walk in the town of Superior – conveniently located off Highway 36 between Denver and Boulder. Get a head start on the holiday season with the Stocking Run!!!

All entrants will receive a red felt stocking chock-full of sponsor goodies! How fun is that!!! And stockings for kids age 8 and under will include a tiny toy!

This is also the first race in the Racing Underground winter running series. The series has been extremely popular, selling out two of the three events every year!

Event details and registration here

 

Series Events:

Superior Stocking Run – Dec. 16, 2018

Yeti Chase 5k/10k – Jan. 20, 2019

Ralston Creek Half Marathon & 5k – Feb. 3, 2019

 

 

Yeti Chase 5k/10k

Morrison

 

This 5k/10k run is brought to you by Racing Underground. Conveniently located on the scenic west side of metro Denver, Bear Creek Lake Park is known for it’s diverse bird and waterfowl population as well as stunning views of the foothills.

The 5k and 10k races wander it’s 2500 acres with a mostly flat 5K course, while the 10k throws in a few rolling hills. The race has sold out weeks before race day every year, and offers something for everyone, with Long Sleeve Technical Shirts for all participants, hot chocolate and other yummy post-race food, Free Photo Downloads, and $1,000 prize money for the top finishers!

 

Event details and registration here

Series Events:

Superior Stocking Run – Dec. 16, 2018

Yeti Chase – Jan. 20, 2019

Ralston Creek Half Marathon & 5k – Feb. 3, 2019

 

*To the best of our abilities, this information is correct. Please check the event website for the most accurate information.