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The Estes Park Marathon Is This Weekend!

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By: Linda Adam-Hall     Neighborhood Liaison

This Sunday, June 17, the Estes Park Marathon committee will be hosting the 9th annual marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K foot races around and through Estes Park. This is a fundraising event to benefit some of our area’s youth programs. The Estes Park races an interesting event that is good for our community; and we hope that knowledge of the event will help you make sure the races do not inconvenience you. The marathon starts at 7 a.m. in front of the Estes Park Middle School; half-marathon starts at 7 a.m. by the tennis courts on Manford Ave, the Barry Lawson 10K at 7:45 a.m. in front of the Estes Park Middle School, and the 5K at 9 a.m. in front of the Estes Park Middle School.

The marathon course is open for 7 hours! Walkers and visually impaired are welcome.

Returning this year:

Kids Fun Run (for ages 4-12) Building on the success of previous years, we are continuing the Kids Fun Run which will start in front of Town Hall (Bond Park) at 2 p.m. and run on MacGregor Avenue. The street will be closed for the short time that the children will be running there. The longest race will be one mile, so the street will be closed for a fairly short time. The festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. and include a bouncing obstacle course, live music, games and face painting! A great family activity. All welcome!

Again, building on the success of previous years, we are continuing the marathon relay; managed by the American Cancer Society, to raise funds for cancer research.

How to sign up: Saturday, June 16 is running events registration and race packet pick up is located at the High School Commons, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Race Day Sunday: Registration for 5k and 10k only, begins 6:15-9:00 a.m., high school commons.

What you get: All racers get a top of the line tech T-shirt; marathon runners get a hydro-pouch, for use with the Hydra-pour dispensers that the EP marathon and other races use.

Special Thanks To: The Title Sponsor-Coda Coffee, with presenting sponsor, The Estes Park Medical Center/Family Medical Clinic. Other important local sponsors- Poppy’s Pizza, Crystal Pines Water Company, Ice of Estes, The Otherside Restaurant, Vi Fuel, Fun City, Village Pizza, YMCA of the Rockies, and The Egg & I.

Runners and walkers welcome lots of spectators, so you may want to step out and cheer the hardy souls coming down your street! In many cities, neighborhoods display banners welcoming race participants. If you would be willing to get more involved, we always need volunteers! If you’re interested, please contact Director of Volunteers Kristen Evans at evans.kristen1@gmail.com 802-356-7468 or contact us online at team@EPmarathon.org.

These well-designed races will present our beautiful area very well to our out-of-town guests as well as local runners and walkers. There won’t be any road closures on Sunday but there will be some delays to allow all participants to cross streets on the routes. Traffic control staff will work to keep the delays as short as possible.

We hope to see you on race day! For more information please visit our website at www.EPmarathon.org.

 

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