The Colorado Mountain College Leadville Running Club is passionate about creating running and racing opportunities in Leadville and Lake County, Colorado. The Club is open to Colorado Mountain College students and faculty of all fitness levels and running goals. Runners meet several times per week to explore the roads and trails surrounding our Timberline Campus.
The Club is managed by Coach Darren Brungardt, a mathematics faculty at the CMC campus in Leadville, CO. He loves his career as a math professor and coaching at CMC. In 2012, he earned his Master’s degree in Coaching from Adams State University in Alamosa, CO. Brungardt coaches CMC’s running club in trail and snowshoe races from two miles to 100 miles. He has coached professionally, collegiately, and at the high school level (rugby fitness coordinator, cross country coach, and everything except pole vault and hurdles in track and field). While earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in mathematics from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Coach Brungardt ran Division 1 track for the Bears. He competed in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters, earned three varsity letters, and was an academic athlete all four years. His post-collegiate running career has taken him all over the country competing in trail, road, and snowshoe races.
Coach Brungardt loves his family above everything else. His wife and daughter live with him in Leadville. When not teaching or coaching, Brungardt loves to hike, snowshoe race, travel, read, listen to loud music, and play board games.
Under Coach Brungardt’s direction, our runners have competed in several events throughout the Rocky Mountains:
- Lake County High School High Altitude Invitational 5K in Leadville, CO
- Back at the Ranch 5 mile, 10 Mile, and 30 Mile Duathlon in Wolcott, CO
- Tombstone 10 mile in Minturn, CO
- Two Turkey Relay in Salida, CO
- Colorado Cup 10K and Colorado High School Snowshoe State Championships 5K, 200m, 400m, 800m, and 200/200/400/800m Medley Relay in Leadville, CO
- Tunnels 10 Mile in Buena Vista, CO