Mesa County Search and Rescue Hosts Kokopelli Classic Trail Runs End of August | Community

After being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mesa County’s largest and most exhausting fundraiser is back in its 15th year.

The organization is hosting the Kokopelli Classic Trail Runs on August 28, with three distance options: a 5 kilometer run, an 8 mile run and a half marathon. The races will all take place in the Kokopelli Loops track area in Loma. Mary’s Loop, Moore Fun and Horsethief Bench will serve as host trails.

Not only will participants sweat while exercising under the scorching sun of the West Slope; they will also contribute to future rescue missions.

“Any profit we get from running, we use it to upgrade our equipment or get new equipment that could be of benefit when we are looking for people,” said Alie Wilson, Mesa County Search and Rescue volunteer. “It could be anything, new equipment for the trucks, new technical equipment for climbing, new items for the aquatics team, something like that. Also, if we have the possibility, we take some members and train with them out of town to make sure the team is up to date on the latest ways to get people out of the (back) country when they need it.

Over the past decade and a half, Wilson said, the Kokopelli Classic has been Mesa County Search and Rescue’s most lucrative fundraiser. After a year of absence, the organization is hoping the 2021 classic will be its biggest yet.

The 5K entry fee is $ 25, the 8 mile entry fee is $ 40, and the half marathon entry fee is $ 60.

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