Colorado > Run for the Fallen Coal Miners Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Trinidad, CO • Saturday, April 20, 2013 • Course Map
Runners will make their way through a part of Colorado history at the Run for the Fallen Coal Miners race, which makes its inaugural running in the spring of 2013 to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre, the attack on striking coal miners at the nearby Ludlow coal mine back in April 1914.
Colorado National Guardsmen, along with camp guards from the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company, led the raid on a tent colony of some 1,200 striking miners and their families, killing many people including two women and 11 children among the families of the miners. One historian called it "... the most violent struggle between corporate power and laboring men in American history."
The course for the race will take runners through a piece of this history, as the event follows an out-and-back course that starts and finishes at the Mount Carmel Health, Wellness and Community Center at 911 Robinson Avenue. From there, the race takes runners through town to nearby Cokedale; there, they reach the half-way turnaround point and make their way back to Trinidad for the race finish.
The strike and the ensuing attack on the miners was a defining moment for relations between laborers and their employers in the early 20th century, and it served as the catalyst for a movement that would help bring about child labor laws and eight-hour limits to the average person's workday. Little remains at the original Ludlow site to remind later generations of the struggle that took place here, however, other than a monument erected to those who died that day.
From the Mt. Carmel Wellness Center in the heart of Trinidad, the course continues from city streets to a country road into the picturesque Las Animas County, and alternates between paved and dirt packed roads. Proceeds from the race will go to benefit the Fallen Coal Miners' Memorial Wall as well as programs at the Mount Carmel Wellness Center.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the winding Purgatoire River in southern Colorado, roughly 200 miles south of Denver and about 195 miles northeast of Santa Fe, N.M., Trinidad typically sees April temperatures that average between 35°F and 67°F, while precipitation amounts average just over 1.2 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (April 20), the average low is 36°F and the average high is 68°F.
View the race route map for the Run for the Fallen Coal Miners Half Marathon
$35 for the half marathon, for pre-registered runners
$40 on the day of the race
To reserve your spot in the spring 2013 running of Trinidad's Run for the Fallen Coal Miners Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at the event website.
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