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Approximately every 2 miles throughout the marathon and half-marathon courses.
The most common animals you might see are elk, coyotes, and deer. They will generally run away from you. Do not approach wildlife and please report it at the next aid station.
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ONLY FOR THE 5K and 10K. THERE WILL BE NO RACE-DAY REGISTRATION FOR THE MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON. The last day to register for those two events will be at the Packet Pick-up and Orientation on Saturday. You may pick up your preregistered packet starting at 5,30 A.M. on race day.
Walkers are allowed—and encouraged—to participate in all the races. With a 7-hour course limit for the marathon, walkers will have time to complete the full course depending on walking pace. This equates to roughly 16 minutes per mile, or a speed of about 3.7 miles per hour. There is a common start at 6 AM for runners and walkers. Participants will be asked to line up at the starting line according to their expected finish time, so walkers should position themselves accordingly. We suggest the Half Marathon for those needing more than 7-hours to complete course.
The entire course is paved and wheelchair-accessible. However, be warned that there are some very steep declines with curves and 90-degree turns. Please let us know well in advance if your planning to compete in this year’s event so we can take safety measures.
It is risky running or walking off the road due to the uneven nature of the dirt and possibility of holes caused by critters. You may do so at your own risk. It will not be groomed for the race.
Recommended viewing areas include the start and finish lines, downtown Estes Park, the Visitor’s Center (where Highway 34 meets Highway 36), and along Dry Gulch Road (CO RD 63E) and CO RD 61.
Sorry, we love our pets too, but this is not the best time for them. Pets are not allowed on the courses. There is a dog park, with lake access, near the start/finish lines (Hwy 36 and Community Dr.). Dogs left in hot vehicles will be reported to Animal Control.
Estes Park is located at a HIGH altitude for any athletic event! You may experience problems associated with running or walking at elevations of 5000 feet and higher. We recommend that you arrive 2-3 days before the race, eat lightly, avoid alcohol, and drink a lot of fluids without caffeine. Runners, you should be prepared to walk parts of the course if you feel any signs of altitude sickness.
No. Parts of our course have little or no shoulder, and auto traffic will be present. We’re concerned about your safety and that of your child and therefore request that you don’t use strollers or baby joggers.
We want participants to be safe and aware of their surroundings. Headphones create an unsafe situation in groups and they inhibit a person’s ability to hear the warning signs around them (i.e., a competitor, vehicle or wildlife approaching from behind). We recommend that you not wear headphones during the race.
Sunny. Please wear sunscreen! In the mountains there is less atmosphere to absorb UV rays, so the risk of sunburn is greater than at lower elevations. According to the website for Rocky Mountain National Park, “Exposure to the sun is 40% greater above timberline.” Our courses are about 4000 ft. below timberline, but you get the idea — skin will burn faster here than at sea level. Bring and wear sunscreen. Wear a hat and sunglasses. Don’t leave your bare skin exposed to the sun.
Yes. We offer chip timing for all of our races. They are provided by Hallucination Sports from Denver, Colorado.
The marathon & half-marathon courses are certified by USA Track & Field. They were measured by Runlimited Timing & Scoring at Foot of the Rockies of Fort Collins, Colorado. The 10K & 5K are certified by the Estes Park Marathon Committee.
The highest point on the marathon course is 7920 feet at the intersection of Devils Gulch and Hondius Way (mile 10 and 20 when you run the full marathon). The lowest point is 7420 feet. That’s in Wapiti Meadows below the Lake Estes Dam. The average elevation of the course is 7785 feet. The average elevation of each half-mile is 7650 feet.
All four races take place on paved, professionally certified courses that are challenging and beautiful. Two-thirds of the marathon course is either flat or on a gentle, sloping decline, with a few steep inclines & declines to challenge you. One-third is a gradual uphill, spread throughout the course. For more information, go to Course in the race menu.