Event History

This event began Jan. 1 1979, and is one of the longest running races in the Pikes Peak Region. The courses have always been tough with ample hills, which is exactly how the El Paso County Search & Rescue likes it. The race was run out of the Penrose Equestrian Center from 1979 - 1994, and followed a hilly course along Lower Gold Camp Road.

The race motto is "Rain, Snow, or 20 Below." Usually the weather is mild, but there have been years when winter decided to join the race. The organizers have never cancelled the race, but one year the Colorado Springs Police cancelled the event because of snow, ice and blizzard conditions. However, some runners still went out and ran the course that year in all of winter's glory.

The course moved to Palmer Park in 1995. It has used the same course in Palmer Park since then except in 2000. In 2000, or Y2K, organizers were unable to secure police assistance to close the roads in Palmer Park. This is because the police were worried about all the Y2K disasters that were supposed to happen and assigned all officers to Y2K duties on January 1st. Thus in 2000, race organizers used a different course in Palmer Park that did not cross any of the roads, thus no police assistance was required.

4th oldest race in the region!

  1. 1956 - Pikes Peak Marathon
  2. 1977 - Pony Express
  3. 1977 - Garden of the Gods 10 mile run
  4. 1979 - Rescue Run
  5. 1979 - Winter Series
  6. 1979 - Bolder Boulder (not in Colorado Springs, but interesting)
  7. 1979 - Sailin' Shoes
  8. 1979 - Fall Series

Without a doubt, 1979 was THE year for inaugural race starts!

2011 - Tempurature = 6 degrees










El Paso County Search and Rescue is located at:

(719) 635-9400
3950 Interpark Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Email addresses:

Rescue Run rescuerun@epcsar.org
General Inquiries
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If you are interested in becoming a sponsor contact Neal at rescuerun@epcsar.org or 719-351-0045.

Thanks to the following merchants who Donated to the 2014 Rescue Run
  • Air Force
  • Amanda's Fonda
  • Bambino's Italian Restaurant
  • Biaggi's
  • Bird Dog BarBQ
  • BoneFish Grill
  • Boulder Running Company
  • Bronco Billy's Casino
  • Brunswick Zone XL
  • Colorado Running Company
  • Dick's Sporting Goods
  • Dion's
  • Dinosaur Resource Center
  • Fox and Hound
  • Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
  • Ghost Town Museum
  • Great China Buffet
  • Hacienda Colorado
  • Hatch Cover
  • HuHot
  • iT'Z
  • Jack Quinn's
  • Jason's Deli
  • Manitou Cliff Dwellings
  • Marigold Café & Bakery
  • Monarch Ski
  • Mountain View Restaurant - Cheyenne Mountain
  • New Panda Restaurant
  • Noodles
  • Overseas 101
  • Pikes Peak Cog Railway
  • Pikes Peak Highway
  • PPRR - American Discovery Trail
  • PPRR - Fall Series
  • PPRR - Game Day 5K
  • PPRR - Super 1/2 Marathon
  • PPRR - Winter Series
  • Red Robin
  • Rocco's
  • Royal Gorge Route Railroad
  • Runner's Roost
  • Sky Sox Baseball Club
  • Texas T*Bone
  • The Famous
  • Tucanos Brazilian Grill
  • Western Omelet
  • Wooglin's Deli

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Standard mail:

El Paso County Search and Rescue
Attn: Donation
3950 Interpark Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

El Paso County Search and Rescue is a non-profit, all volunteer organization funded entirely through individual donations, grants, and fundraisings.

The team depends upon contributions from individuals, groups, firms and agencies interested in supporting its work. El Paso County Search and Rescue does not receive any regular funding from local, state, or federal governments. EPCSAR does not solicit support via telemarketing of any kind.

This mountain search and rescue team is staffed 100% by non-paid professionals that respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.

We incur enormous expenses while responding to missions. This includes the wear and tear on team vehicles, rescue and communications equipment, facilities, and various medical, training and other supplies.

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