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Packer Days 5K

June 27, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm MDT

In the winter of 1874, Alferd Packer was hired to lead a group of prospectors through the San Juan Mountains from the winter campsite of Chief Ouray located near the present-day Delta, Colorado.

By the time the men had reached the foot of Slumgullion Pass, the men had even chewed the leather from their boots. Starvation was upon them. What was a man to do to survive the winter of 1874?

Six weeks later, Packer appeared alone at the Los Pinos Indian Agency near Saguache. There he told the sad tale of losing his fellow miners in a snowstorm, but he seemed well fed and was spending money freely from several wallets.

The story began to unfold when strips of human flesh were found. A search party found the bodies of the missing men at the foot of Slumgullion Pass. They had apparently been murdered and showed evidence of being cannibalized.

Read more about Alfred Packer.

Packer Days 5k Registration Form | Packer Days 5k Race Information

Packer Days 5k Waiver | 2020 Sponsorship Form | Mystery Meat Cook-Off Registration

Weekend activities include family-friendly, historical, back-county survival, and athletic events.

2020 Packer Days Schedule

Friday, June 26th

  • Live Music – TBA
  • Movie at the Mountaineer Movie Theatre – TBA – 7pm

Saturday, June 27th

  • 10:00am – Registration/Check-in in the Town Park
  • 11:00am – Race Begins
  • Post-Race – Gourney Races in the Park
  • 1:00pm – Mystery Meat Cook-off
  • 1:30pm – Awards Ceremony
  • Movie at the Mountaineer Movie Theatre – TBA – 7pm

2020 Sponsors

  • Lakeview Property Management
  • North Face Lodge
  • Blue Spruce Builing Materials
  • Climb: Elevated Eatery
  • Silver Spur
  • Wagon Wheel Cabins
  • Hall Realty, Inc.
  • Cabin Fever Mercantile
  • Elkhorn Liquors
  • Team Murphy Realty
  • Toy Wash

In memory of Packers’ victims, the “Run for Your Life” Survival 5k

The afternoon will include the awards ceremony at the Mystery Meat Cook-Off where chefs present their mystery dish for competition.


June 27, 2020
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Event Category:
Town Park
300 N. Silver Street
Lake City, CO 81235 United States
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One comment

  • Dawn Clontz

    Just found this race and even though it is passed would like to contribute to this ran and order a couple of shirts if they still have some available. Could you pass my information along to someone that could get me help.

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