Mountain Chile Cha Cha

September 22, 2018 — featuring the incredible terrain of Reservoir River Ranch!

5k (3.1miles), 10k (6.2miles) and 1/2 marathon (13.1miles)

SCENIC TRAIL RUN ON PRIVATE TRAILS! Followed by an all-day Chile Festival!

COURSE – Fun Hard and BEAUTIFUL! Aid every 2-4 miles.

Event Schedule

Kids race 8:00 a.m.

Race briefing 8:20 a.m.

5k, 10k, 1/2 Start 8:30 a.m.

Food/Beer garden open 11 a.m.

Margarita tasting and contest begins 11:30 a.m.

Awards 12-12:30ish depending on 1/2 marathon final finisher.

Chile tasting starts 12:30

Live music – Brooks-I band 12;30

Festival closes 4:00 p.m

Race highlights:

Spectacular views
iPod friendly (although you may enjoy the sounds of nature so much you won’t need it!)
Well stocked aid stations
Extra well marked course
Multiple course options—something for everyone
Top rated race bags, SWAG giveaway and prizes
Awesome Single -Track and fun elevation gains
A course comprised almost entirely of off-road trails!
Famous “GECKO” awards handmade by local students
Killer Mountain Chile Cha Cha festival with food, beer and music after the run
Proceeds from the race goes to the local Pagosa Springs charity GECKO (Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors).

Through the gracious generosity of the Levine family a large portion of this run takes place on pristine private property know as Reservoir River Ranch. The Ranch is otherwise inaccessible—we ask that you be respectful of this beautiful property and treat it as if it were your own. All entrants will receive a commemorative race memento, all finishers will receive a bright chile finisher’s necklace; all age group winners will receive a handmade (by local kids at the Elementary school) adobe chile medallion, and the top men and women for each of the three distances will receive a special medal award hand crafter by local artist (and Re.Sport Owner, Scott Slind). We’re working with our sponsors to make sure we have great prizes too, and Swag Giveaways.

The courses are all the same last year with 98% off-road, beautiful trails to keep you entertained. All runners in all three distances will run the first 3kms together.

It’s a challenging course, with more than 2300’ of climbing in the 1/2 marathon. The course consists of approximately a 1/4 mile of paved road—the balance being trail which ranges from dirt road to double track to single track. The trail is mountainous and scenic with awesome views as well as challenging climbing & descending. Additionally, this course features a family and spectator friendly finish though downtown Pagosa Springs.

Perhaps the most unique and exciting part of this race is its relationship with the Mountain Chile Cha Cha festival. What better way to round out the day then to enjoy live music, cold beer and great food? If it’s hot you can cool off in the San Juan River or relax under the park trees while the chiles cook and the music rocks.

5k course map

10k course map

Half Marathon course map



Much in the same way that Easterners equate the smell of pressed apples with the coming of fall, Southwesterners know it’s autumn by the smell of roasting green chiles, usually the Hatch variety from New Mexico, but sometimes Big Jims, which are commonly grown around Grand Junction. The eighth annual Patty Aragon Green Chile Classic will offer up more than $600 in prize money and some pretty sweet trophies and bragging rights. Hundreds of people will line up to taste and judge chiles hand crafted by professionals and home cooks. This event will be slightly different than a typical chile cook-off because it ONLY features green chile, a dish that is ubiquitous in our region but not as well-known outside of New Mexico and southern Colorado. Public tasting opens at 12:30.

For more information contact Jacque at or visit to download an entry form or find out about the competition and tasting.


We have had several “real green chile aficionados” pre- order bushels that can be picked up at the cha cha. If you get your green from Wal-mart or the regular grocery it is likely is has been sitting for 20 days before it gets to you. That’s why it is so cheap. We will have freshly picked from Hatch, New Mexico 2 days before at the festival. You can pre-order hot, extra hot and medium. Help us keep roasting at the Cha Cha and order today! Call Jacque 264-4237.

The GECKO Difference

If you didn’t already know, all proceeds from this event go to GECKO (Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors), a local 501c3 Charity raising funds to get kids off the couch, unplugged and outside! We want to thank you for choosing a GECKO race and we hope you feel good that by racing you are also paying it forward. Look out for the GECKO Scholars at the event, out on the course and helping, they will have just returned from their GECKO/NOLS summer adventures in July.

Celebrating 11 Years!

BIB / Packet Pick up – Kip’s Grill & Cantina

If you can please try and attend the Chip/Bib/Packet pick up and last minute registrations on Friday, September 21st from 4pm to 7pm. This will be held in the parking lot of one of our presenting sponsors Kip’s Grill & Cantina, 121 Pagosa Street, Downtown Pagosa Springs.

We encourage you to try and make the most of this opportunity, as it will be busy on race morning. ID is required for pick up. Kip’s is offering all athletes and their families a RED HOT MEAL DEAL:

Double Beef Burger with any Beer! Includes chips and fixins! Plus Free Chips & Salsa (one per table)! Only $9.95 per person


As a last resort, registration and race bag collection is at the Start/Finish area from 6:30 – 8:00am on September 22nd.

Kid’s Free Fun Run

Race Start and Briefing

The race will start at 8:30am sharp on Saturday September 22nd. The race briefing will be held at 8:15am at the Start/Finish area.

There will be a 4 hour cut-off for the half marathon.

If you have any specific queries, please do not hesitate to contact me directly on the details below.

Morgan Murri