I found/stumbled upon a cool 1st year 25k/50K in Colorado Springs on 4/23 that looks pretty cool:
"The Cheyenne Mountain Trail Race":
-New(er)/very nice trails. I believe they finished the park right before I left the springs, but I had a chance to run on the trails, they are very nice.
-Faster course, maybe 1,500-2K of climb per 25K loop
-Good scenery! Forested, wide open, on Cheyenne Mtn, nice views, etc...
-Not sold out (300 cap)!
-Accessible (on the South end of C.Springs)
-$500 for the first 50K man and woman
-Almost 100% single track trail I believe (a road crossing or two)
-LASTLY, but MOST important: an opportunity to actually get some of the MANY iconic trail running legends that live in Colorado to RACE... IN COLORADO, imagine that!
It has been a rough week battling a nasty cold that has kept me from running. While this song's lyrics have nothing to do with running or the anxiety of not running while having a cold/injury, the title "Wait So Long" makes me thing about how waiting for this cold to end has felt like eternity. Also, the feverous pace at which these guys jam, captures my antsyness to get back on the trails.