Run or walk Colorado’s most scenic race course! The 16th annual Estes Park marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K will be held this Sunday, June 16. The marathon and half begin at the Dao House up Highway 7, and descend 1500 feet in the first 6.5 miles. Enjoy the gorgeous views as you descend, and be inspired by the sunrise over the picturesque mountain town of Estes Park. As with all great journeys, the mountainous beauty will encourage you to overcome the physical and psychological challenges of the climbs and feel the thrill of several scenic downhills. Share the celebration and joy of running with us! Runner’s World magazine recommends this destination race, for a reason! Half marathoners will circle lovely Lake Estes, and full marathoners will enjoy continuous views of Rocky Mountain National Park and the Continental Divide as they run the Dry and Devil’s Gulch loop, then pass the historic Stanley Hotel and return to the lake trail. Walkers of the full and half runs begin at 5:30 a.m., the full marathon runners start at 6 a.m., and the half runners at 6:30 a.m. Trolleys will transport runners from the high school to the start. There is no parking at the start. All races finish on the Estes Park High School track (elevation 7,550 feet). No pets, strollers or wheels allowed, due to the steep inclines and sharp turns. Prizes in the full and half marathons will be awarded to the top three overall male and female runners, top two male and female over-40 masters, and to the top three male and female finishers in 10 year age groups. All finishers receive a beautiful medal. Packet pick up will be on Saturday, June 15, at the high school commons, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Race day packet pick up will be available at 4:30 a.m. For those who prefer a shorter run, there are also 10K and 5K runs on June 16. The 10K begins at 8 a.m. from the southeast of the middle school parking lot. The 5K also begins at 8 a.m., but at the Lake Estes Marina. Both races finish on the high school track. Prizes will be awarded in the 10K and 5K races. More info about all of the races can be found at the website at www.epmarathon.org.
The kiddos will enjoy the children’s festival and one mile fun run on Saturday, June 15 at Estes Park High’s track. The festival starts at 10:00 a.m. lasting through 2:00 p.m., with a one mile fun run at 11 a.m. There will be live music, games, face painting, bouncing obstacle, bikes, and interactive educational activities. Join the fun! Students from the Estes Park High School Cross-Country Team help coordinate the kids’ running race and the Estes Park Cycling Coalition coordinates the bike events. The Estes Park half marathon is the first race of the three-part Colorado Mountain Half Series. The second race is one of Colorado’s oldest half marathons, the 40th Annual Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon (known as GTIS Half), on August 11th. It starts at beautiful Georgetown Lake between towering Rocky Mountains and you cruise through what is mostly a downhill and fast course into iconic Idaho Springs. The series wraps up with the Ned*Ned Half Marathon in Nederland on September 7th. Nederland is known for its amazing beauty and the world-renowned Frozen Dead Guy (I know I have your attention now). It is nestled in a valley carved by glaciers. You will run mostly on trails in beautiful national forests with Barker Reservoir as your backdrop.
Motorists are urged to drive with extra caution throughout the day and be especially aware as runners/walkers will be racing throughout the town.