Briarfest Bolt 5K and Kids' 1K Fun Run

Event Date

Sat, Sep 6, 2014


Colorado Springs, CO

About This Activity

Why should downtown have all the fun? Briarfest is a three-day festival, Sept. 5-7, designed to bring family fun and a sense of community to Briargate. The Bolt 5K is just one event in the festival. Other activities include live concerts, carnival rides, food, arts & craft fair, wine tasting, a beer garden and a silent auction. Click here for more information on the many events of Briarfest.  Help us create “Unity in Community” in Briargate!  


A portion of the proceeds from all Briarfest events will benefit Marian House Soup Kitchen, the local chapter of Wounded Warrior Project and Special Olympics Colorado.


This easy 5K (3.1 mile) out-and-back course will begin at St. Gabriel in Colorado Springs.  Exiting the church grounds, westbound Research Parkway will be cordoned off for the race.  We will head north on a well-maintained dirt path, to a loop through Explorer Park, before returning to the church campus. An aid station will be located at the 3K mark.  Total elevation gain of the course is 117 feet.


The race will not be professionally timed, but will put more serious runners at the front of the pack.


The Kids 1K Fun Run will follow the same route onto Research Parkway, and will return to the finish line before crossing Austin Bluffs Parkway. 


After the race, stay for live concerts, carnival rides, food and fun on the grounds of St. Gabriel. The Briarfest Bolt is just one event in a great three-day festival!



Event details and schedule

Packet pickup and late registration (St. Gabriel Church, 8755 Scarborough Dr):

  • Thursday, Sept. 4:  4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

  • Friday, Sept. 5:  4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 6

  • 6 a.m. - 8 a.m:  Check-In and “Day-Of” Registration

  • 5K Race Time:

    • 8 a.m.:  Serious runners / Recreational runners / Walkers

  • 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.:  Kids’ 1K Registration and Check-In

  • 9 a.m.:  1K Race Time

  • 10 a.m. - 11 p.m:  Post-Race Celebration with food, fun, carnival rides and live music



Briarfest Bolt 5K participants receive a free, gender-specific, tech t-shirt (size guaranteed if registered by August 15).  NOTE: if you sign up after August 15th, we may not have your size and you may have to pick up your shirt from St. Gabriel a few days after the race. Kids' 1K Fun Run participants can purchase a cotton t-shirt for $5.00.


Directions and Parking

From I-25, take Exit 151, Briargate Parkway.  Travel east on Briargate Parkway. Turn right on North Union Boulevard.  Turn left on Research Parkway.  Travel east, turning left on Scarborough Drive (stoplight).  Parking is at Liberty High School, on Scarborough Drive.


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