The best way we can describe this race is to say the Estes Park Marathon is an athletic journey you will never forget! As with all great journeys, the beauty will inspire you to overcome physical challenges, psychological hurdles, and celebrate all that is good about being active and alive! Everyone who crosses the finish line expresses appreciation and recognizes their accomplishment. You will be greeted by a cheering crowd who will join in with your celebrations.
The 2010 Estes Park Marathon was the first cup-free paved marathon in the USA – thank you for choosing to be a part of this historic event! See more details below on how we are taking steps to help the environment and reduce waste.
- Start time for the marathon is 6:00 am Sunday, June 22
- Registration IS NOT ALLOWED on race day.
- High quality pewter medals for all marathon finishers – medals are created by Designs by Ricker, which are professionally handcrafted and made locally. We want to celebrate our runner’s accomplishments with quality design! You deserve it!
- Age Group Awards for the Marathon & Half-Marathon: 19 & under, 20 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50- 59, 60+
- Marathon awards will be presented at NOON on Sunday, June 22. The awards presentation will take place at the High School Commons, during the post-race party.
- To support green cup-free racing, each marathon runner will receive a Hydrapouch! Please use the hydrapouch as your hydration device during the race and all of your future racing. If you choose to use another hydration device, please remember to bring it with you. Each aid station will have Hydrapour rapid dispensing systems for refilling your hydration device – see a video of these units being used in races here. At registration, there will be demonstrations of how to use the Hydrapouch! It is easy! Each aid station will have paper cups available to runners as an alternative.
- View course map for EP Marathon 2014. Our 2013 course was seriously damaged from mile 1.5 to 5 due to the September 2013 flooding in Estes Park. We have made changes for 2014, which includes the scenic path along Lake Estes. The course will be slightly flatter as a result!
- View elevation map for 2013 here. We will be posting the elevation map for 2014 soon.
- All four races start and end in Estes Park at the public school facilities (elevation 7,550 feet). They take place on paved, professionally certified courses that are challenging and beautiful.
- The course is marked with spray painted directional arrows on the roads and trails , and yellow directional signs when there are turns. In critical spots there will also be course marshals.
2014 RACE: DUE TO DEVASTATING FLOOD DAMAGE, THE 2013 MARATHON COURSE HAS BEEN CHANGED. THE SEPTEMBER 2013 FLOOD HEAVILY IMPACTED THE FISH CREEK CORRIDOR, WHICH DIRECTLY HIT OUR RACE ROUTE. WE HAD BEEN WARNED THAT INITIALLY THE FISH CREEK ROAD WOULD TAKE A FULL YEAR TO REBUILD. WITH SUPPORT FROM GOVERNOR HICKENLOOPER, OUR GENERAL ROADS HAVE BEEN REPAIRED AT A FASTER RATE. UNFORTUNATELY, FISH CREEK ROAD IS MORE COMPLICATED AND WONT BE REPAIRED AS QUICKLY AS WE HAD HOPED- IN TIME FOR RACE DAY. WE HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE FOR THE MARATHON AND MARATHON TEAM RELAY COURSE. WE THINK YOU WILL LIKE IT!
2014 MARATHON COURSE ROUTE:
START LINE is in front of the Estes Park Middle School parking lot. Runners will head west and turn left onto Manford Ave until orange cone at the Fairgrounds entrance. Runners will run east back up to start line and pass through school area to Brodie Ave turning left. Runners will enter the bike path at Brodie Ave to Lake Estes tunnel, turn right (east) at bike path. Runners will proceed on south Lake Estes bike path and continue along the path to Mall Road. The trail takes a left off Mall Road and takes you across Wapiti Meadow to the Olympus Dam, the lowest point on the course (7420 feet). Continue around Lake Estes, past the golf course and through the coned Visitor Center parking lot to Big Thompson Avenue (Hwy 34). Head east on a steep hill and turn left onto Elk Court.
The course winds through an open residential area that is mostly flat to downhill. Take a left onto North Lake Avenue, which is a downhill paralleling Hwy 34. Turn left onto Dry Gulch Road. The course climbs gradually for 3 miles and turns south onto Devils Gulch Road. The course is mostly downhill to mile 23, except for a 1/4 mile steep uphill after mile 21. Mixed terrain takes you past the Stanley Hotel and down to Hwy 34.
At Steamer Drive and Hwy 34, marathoners will turn left and run along shoulder heading east to Elk Trail Court. At this intersection, runners will begin their second loop of Dry Gulch road to Devils Gulch road, to MacGregor Ave to Stanley Hotel and down Steamer Drive/ Hwy 34 intersection.
Runners will cross Hwy 34 (protected) to the coned visitor center parking lot onto the bike trail around Lake Estes. The last 2 miles travels along the south side of Lake Estes, through the tunnel under Hwy 36, past the Stanley Fairgrounds and sports areas, and up to Brodie Avenue, turning right for a very short uphill before entering the Estes Park High School track and field at the SE corner. Complete less than one lap of the track counter clockwise and be greeted by enthusiastic crowds at the finish line!
All our courses are recognized for being well marked – just follow the white EPM signs on the paths and roads.
2014 ESTES PARK MARATHON offers a selection of training and performance apparel. We are featuring “STRONGER THAN THE FLOOD, 2013″ shirts to honor the strength, courage and perseverance of our recovery efforts! To view apparel and order click, Trail Ridge Printing.