Registration open for Rio Frio events


ALAMOSA– Registration open for Rio Frio events

Registration is now open for two competitions behind held in conjunction with the 12th annual Rio Frio Ice Fest here Jan. 29-31.

The popular Rio Frio 5k on Ice has gone virtual this year thanks to the COVID pandemic, while plans are for the recently added Kristi Mountain Fat Bike Race to be competed live. Registration for both races can be found at

Participants in the 5k can run live from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, but can record a run anything through Sunday, Jan. 31 at 11:59 a.m. The event is virtual and competitors can run anywhere in Alamosa, the San Luis Valley or the world.

An internet application called Charge Running needs to be downloaded on a smart phone to be recorded in the event. After registering on the website, participants will be emailed detailed instructions and a registration code to join the virtual Rio Frio 5k on Ice on the Charge Running app.

The registration fee is $20 until Jan. 25 and will increase to $25 through 12 p.m. on Jan. 29. Participants will receive a Rio Frio Ice Fest buff and swag from local sponsors.

Race packets will be available for pickup Jan. 25-29 at the Alamosa Family Rec Center.

Back for the third year is the Kristi Mountain Sports Fat Bike Race which will be held live Sunday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. on a 2.7-mile race course around the Alamosa Riparian Park off Lakewood Drive in northwest Alamosa. The surface is groomed snow single track and dirt/gravel.

Participants may bring their own fat bike (or mid-fat) or Kristi’s will provide one. Registration is $10 with your own bike or $20 with a rental.

The Fat Bike races will begin with heats of 5-7 participants. Heats will consist of one lap of the 2.7-mile course. The top 5-7 racer times will be entered into the finals. Races will be split into men’s and women’s divisions.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers. Style points will be awarded for dressing like you’re going to the beach, taking warm layers into consideration as it is expected to be cold.

Please contact John Reesor, outdoor recreation specialist for Alamosa Parks and Recreation, with questions or for more information on either event. He can be reached at [email protected] or 719-937-7832.