When the leaves turn gold, it is time for the Autumn Color Run. This 34-year tradition continues on the third weekend in September, making this year’s race day Saturday, Sept. 15. There is a 1-mile Fun Run, a 5k, a 10k and a half marathon, all with amazing views and a finish in McPhelemy Park in downtown Buena Vista.

This year, costumes celebrating the 1980s are encouraged, and prizes will be given for best individual and team costumes.

Race organizer Mark Krasnow says there are two exciting parts to this event. “The first is being able to support these organizations that do so much for our community.” Those organizations also help run the event. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Chaffee County runs the aid stations. Starpoint handles the food at the after-party, and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts manage the crossings.

The other exciting part is the runners. “They bring so much energy to the event, “ Krasnow says. “From the morning when it’s cold and there’s so much anticipation about the start, to the finish line after-party, it’s just a really fun, high energy day.”

For information on Autumn Color Run registration, visit bvautumncolorrun.com.