at Garden of the Gods

SAT. AUGUST 13, 2022

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The Starlight Spectacular is back!! Join us for a unique nighttime experience in Garden of the Gods. This event is open to cyclists, including e-bikes, runners and walkers and will include both a bike loop and 5K run/walk loop courses (multiple laps optional). This is a truly spectacular event under the stars, where participants put on their favorite costumes, light up their bikes and ride or run into the beautiful Colorado night in the Garden of the Gods. Along the way you’ll find “rest stops”, and other random entertainment. A truly one-of-a-kind experience! The park will be closed to vehicular traffic and open (at night!) solely for the Starlight Spectacular.

Schedule of Events:

Night of Registration:                  7:00 – 10:00 PM

Pre-event Festivities:                                8:00 PM

Runners/Walkers start:                            8:30 PM

Course closed to Runners/Walkers:     10:00 PM

Bikes start:                                                 10:30 PM

Course closed to Bikes:                          12:15 AM

Event Ends:                                              12:30 AM

Best light display Contest

Live music + Festival Zone

Pancakes!

If you don’t have a bike for the event, you can rent a PikeRide e-bike for just $5!! You will need a helmet. 

Online Registration ends Saturday, August 13

Frequently Asked Questions

YES!! All runners/walkers MUST have a headlamp and all cyclists MUST have either a bike light or headlamp! We encourage everyone to add lights and get creative! Limited light sales will be available at the event. If you do not have proper light equipment, you will NOT be allowed to participate. 

All participants are encouraged to light up the night with glow sticks, lights, glow in the dark apparel, body paint… Decorate yourself, your friends, your family and your bike with anything that glows! We will have a contest before participants enter the Garden to select the people with the Best Glow. We will be giving away 2 Bikes from Ted’s Bike Shop as grand prizes – Giant ATX and Liv Bliss!

Yes, all cyclists are REQUIRED to wear a helmet while riding in the Garden. 

YES! PikeRide is partnering with the Trails and Open Space Coalition to make it even easier for you to participate in the Starlight Spectacular in Garden of the Gods! You can now reserve a PikeRide for Starlight for just $5 by clicking here. We’ll make sure a bike is ready and waiting for you at the park on the evening of the ride! Only 30 PikeRides will be on reserve, but you can get a PikeRide bike downtown and fresh batteries will be available at the Visitor Center before you head into the garden!

Yes! You are encouraged to bring your e-bike if you have one. We are also partnering with Pike Ride, you can reserve a PikeRide e-bike for just $5! Only 30 will be available at the Garden, but you can use the same link to get the discount downtown, ride to Visitor Center and get a fully charged battery to use for the event. 

When you registered online, you should have chosen one of the following event packet locations:

Ted’s Bike Shop

Criterium Bike Shop

Old Town Bike Shop

All event packets will be available starting Saturday, August 6 – Friday, August 12.

We will have your packet at the registration booth at the event. Go upstairs in the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center to pick it up.

Yes! There are two rest stops along the course that will have snacks available. Also – we will have pancakes starting at 10:00pm until midnight. All free to participants to enjoy!

There are hills, for sure, but this is not considered a “challenging” course. The elevation gain for the loop is approximately 300 feet. After climbing the first hill, you will be rewarded with a fun downhill. Don’t forget to check out the rest stops!

 

Some of you may be wondering why Starlight is now confined to Garden of the Gods instead of all around downtown Colorado Springs. 
The cost of closing the roads and having a large police presents to ensure the safety of riders made it impossible to continue using streets. We also wanted our event to be more mission focused; this event offers a unique opportunity to experience Garden of the Gods Park after hours, without motor vehicles. It also allowed us to invite runners/walkers to join in the fun!

This is Colorado, and weather happens. If the rain is sporadic and isn’t a constant downpour, the event will go on!
If there is a threat of lightning, hail, or other impending doom, we will delay or cancel the event. That decision will
be made as soon as possible that afternoon or evening.

Yes! This is a family friendly event. Little kids (2 and under) can run/walk/ride for FREE with a registered adult! Sorry, no t-shirt.

We thought you’d never ask ☺. Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC) works cooperatively with local and regional governments, community organizations, businesses, families and individuals who share the vision of an interconnected network of trails, greenways and open space. We advocate, educate, build connections with other groups, fund projects, and create and support volunteer projects.

PRESENTING SPONSOR:

Event Sponsors & Partners:

Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort

Colorado Springs Cycling Club

Colorado Trust

Creative Jake

Criterium Bicycles

ENT Credit Union

Garden of the Gods Visitor Center

Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

Jersey Mike’s Subs

Old Town Bike Shop

PikeRide

Pikes Peak Heritage Series

Pikes Peak Marathon

SRAM

Visit COS

Events like this do not happen without AMAZING Volunteers!

Thank you to everyone that worked so hard to make this spectacular event possible!! We love our trail community.

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