Race Info


The Run For Rwanda isn’t just in Colorado Springs. We run together with our friends in Kibali, Rwanda at the very same time! We coordinate over cell phone to start both races simultaneously on opposite sides of the world.

Run for a Reason

If you’re a competitive runner, a casual walker, or you just want to support a worthy cause, the Run for Rwanda 5K is the race for you. You can test your late-summer fitness on our mostly flat 5K course or just enjoy Cottonwood Creek’s tree-lined trails and stunning view of the Front Range.  Or choose the supporter registration and show up to cheer and just be with Rwanda wherever you are at!

5K Course:
The course is fairly flat and follows a route entirely within Cottonwood Creek Park. The running surface is about 50% maintained dirt paths with the remainder on paved walkways (the path on the south side of the creek was recently paved). The finish, staffed by the Pikes Peak Road Runners, is on the park’s grass soccer fields. The course is good for spectators, as participants can see runners for several hundred meters at the start and the finish.

Course Map:

Course Map

Jog strollers are welcome, although we ask that those running or walking with them start near the back of the pack to avoid blocking the trail for faster runners. A footbridge has been added, making the spillway crossing easy to negotiate.  Please, no bikes, scooters or other independent rolling mechanisms to carry people on the course.

1K  Children’s Fun Run

Children under 10 are invited to participate in a free fun run after the final finisher of the 5K race (approximately 9 a.m.), which follows a course encircling the park’s central soccer fields and which remains entirely in view of spectators throughout the run.  There will also be a kid’s obstacle course on-site.

Barefoot Division

Most runners in Rwanda run without shoes. To show solidarity with our friends in Kibali, the Colorado Springs race includes a barefoot runner division. Experienced barefoot runners are encouraged register in the barefoot division and compete against others running the entire race without shoes or foot covering of any kind.

Water Carry Challenge

Doing a 5k is quite an accomplishment for many of us who have easy access to our daily necessities.  However, doing a 5k is a daily experience for many, especially women and children, in Rwanda as they go to retrieve water for their family from a water source.  The Water Carry Challenge is a way to experience fetching 5 gallons of water for your family over the Run For Rwanda course.  It is a team event (2 people) although you may try to complete it with a single person, if you choose.  For each team that finishes, a sponsor will donate a water filtration system through Compassion International’s Water for Life program.  Your team can carry the water however you choose, however, no rolling/wheeled devices allowed…you have to earn it!

Team Division

Teams may be formed by schools, businesses, clubs, churches, or just groups of friends. There may be a maximum of eight runners per team;  scores are determined by adding the first three finishers’ times.

High school teams may be formed by runners who will be in the 9th through 12th grades during the following school year. There are separate categories for high school boys and high school girls.

Open co-ed teams  may be formed by runners of any age but must contain both male and female runners. A team’s cumulative time will be determined by adding together the fastest three finishers’ times, if the team’s top three include both a male and female runner. If a team’s top three runners are all of the same gender, the top two times will be added together with the time of the next fastest runner of the opposite gender on that team (e.g., if a team’s top three runners are male, the top two runners’ times will be combined with the time of that team’s first female finisher).

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Top male and female finishers.
  • Top male and female barefoot runners.
  • Top three finishers in each gender for each age group:
    • 1-10
    • 11-14
    • 15-19
    • 20-29
    • 30-39
    • 40-49
    • 50-59
    • 60-69
    • 70+
  • Top team in the Water Carry Challenge.
  • Top Team in each of Co-ed, High School Boys, High School Girls categories
  • Highest individual sponsorship total.

All of our awards are handmade in Africa and purchase in Rwanda.  Our age group medals are hand made in Rwanda:

Ladies making the banana leaf age group medals in Rwanda.

Ladies making the banana leaf age group medals in Rwanda.


Gather sponsorships to help the community of Kibali even more.  Use this Fund Raising Brochure to tell people about the race.  Also visit “How to Help” for more information.

See the Registration page for early packet pick-up information.

Race-day registration and packet pick-up opens at 7 AM.
Race start time is approximately 8 AM depending on coordination with Rwanda. Race timing stops 60 minutes after race start.
Children’s fun run starts at approximately 9:15 AM.

Stick around after the race to listen to African music, purchase authentic African handicrafts, learn more about Rwanda and helping the needy there, and to visit sponsors’ booths.

Questions? Contact racedirector@runforrwanda.org

Race Map

women smiling in KibaliThanks for running, walking, strolling, cheering with the community of Kibali!