photo: CMC Cross Country Team group photo.

Colorado Mountain College Cross Country Team

Student athletes train and learn in Leadville — Colorado's renown outdoor ultra-sports mecca

It’s official! CMC has a College Cross Country Team.

CMC will compete with men’s and women’s teams in the National Junior College Athletic Association. Women compete on 6K (approximately 3.75 miles) courses, and men on 8K (approximately 5 miles) courses.

Students at other CMC Campuses can participate

Student athletes can now run with CMC for two years, then transfer to a larger program. Students from any of CMC’s campuses can join and compete on the team. A runner not attending CMC Leadville can follow the workout schedule online, attend virtual meetings and travel for meets.

Members must attend school full-time (12 credits) and not have any previous college degrees.

Running and training in Leadville

Home of the Leadville Trail 100 Run, Leadville is ground zero for high-elevation ultra-sports in the Colorado Rockies.

The CMC Leadville campus has out-the-door access to a beautiful and varied network of running, biking and skiing trails for students to explore. Miles of quiet, maintained paths criss-cross through an old growth pine forest, intersect the paved Mineral Belt Trail and access the extensive Timberline Trail System built and maintained by Leadville’s Cloud City Wheelers bicycling club.

The CMC Leadville Running Club has been active since 2016 stoking student and faculty passion for running and racing. Now, under Coach Darren Brungardt, Colorado Mountain College athletes will compete against two-year colleges of similar size in the Wyoming, Colorado and western Nebraska region.

CMC Leadville will also host races — a sure bucket list destination for mountain trail runners.

photo: runners on top of Mosquito Pass near Leadville, CO
photo: snowshoee racers on course in Leadville, CO

XC Coach Darren Brungardt

Darren Brungardt is a mathematics faculty at the CMC Leadville. In 2012, he earned his Master’s degree in Coaching from Adams State University in Alamosa, CO.

Brungardt coaches CMC’s XC team and running club in trail and snowshoe races from two miles to 100 miles. He has coached professionally, collegiately and at the high school level including rugby fitness coordinator, cross country coach and everything in track and field except pole vault and hurdles.

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.

Photo of Darren Brungardt, Math Professor and Running Team Coach at Colorado Mountain College Leadville

Interested in the Colorado Mountain College Cross County Team?

Contact Coach Brungardt for more information.

photo: Colorado Mountain College Cross Country Team trail running in the mountains surrounding Leadville.