Join us for the 7th edition of Emma Coburn's Elk Run 5k! Race in person in Crested Butte, Colorado to run in paradise at 9,000ft elevation or participate virtually anywhere in the world. Our aim is to provide an epic race day experience for everyone while raising money for a great local charity. In total, we have raised $265,000 for Living Journeys, a charity that supports local residents who are battling cancer. The 2023 Elk Run 5k will be run in honor of Emma's mom, Annie, who passed away in January 2023 after a three year battle with Stage 4 colon cancer. We hope to make Annie proud!

Race day is September 30th, 2023

All racers, both in person and virtual, will get a swag bag! The Elk Run tote bag includes the exclusive Elk Run 5k hat, a bib, and sponsor goodies!

The in person race will be in Crested Butte, CO starting at 3rd & Elk. There will be a high school race to start the day followed by the citizen's race. After the races, stick around for our after party!

All virtual racers will be shipped their Race Bag in August and on race day, racers can run a 5k wherever they choose and will share their results on social with the Elk Run community. We love seeing race participants from all over the world!

Continue to check back here for race day updates and schedule!

Raising Money for Living Journeys

Living Journeys helps individuals and their families in a desperate time of need and offers some relief from financial stresses and emotional support programs offering tools to manage emotions such as fear, anxiety and confusion that often accompany a cancer diagnosis.  Patients with a calm, healthy mental state improve their quality of life, and may also enhance their chances for positive treatment results. 

Living Journey's has had an impact one way or another on everyone in the Gunnison Valley. The work they do is imperative to the health and well being of so many. We believe fully in Living Journeys mission and take great pride raising money for them!

Thank you all so much for your generous donations. Proceeds from every sign up go towards our fundraising goals!

Sign up for the event. Make a donation. Raise money. However you think you can contribute is greatly appreciated.


Emma Coburn's Elk Run 5k - High School Edition

For the 4th year we will be hosting a high school team invitational. This will be the most unique experience your high school team will have all year!

Contact Shari Marshall for questions and details! (

Need Help?

Any questions about the race? Check out our FAQs. Questions beyond those can be emailed to Emma at