Estes Park Marathon
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.
Due to devastating flood impact along Fish Creek Road, which is first few miles of the EPM course, we are looking into alternative course routes. Please check back with us on Facebook for updates!
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 finishers – medals are from Ricker and make a lasting and cherished treasure to keep
- 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 1:30 pm 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 here. Our course has been seriously damaged from mile 1.5 to 5 due to the recent flooding in Estes Park. We are currently confirming a beautiful alternative course route that effects the first 7 miles. The Dry Gulch and Devils Gulch Road loop, will remain part of the marathon route. For updates, please refer to our Facebook announcements.
- View elevation map here.
- 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.
Marathon course description:
2014 RACE: DUE TO DEVASTATING FLOOD DAMAGE, WE ARE SEEKING AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE FOR THE MARATHON AND MARATHON TEAM RELAY COURSE. BRODIE AVE NO LONGER CONNECTS WITH FISH CREEK ROAD. FISH CREEK ROAD IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION FOR THE PURPOSE OF SECURING AGAINST SPRING SNOW RUN OFF. THE FISH CREEK CORRIDOR WAS HEAVILY IMPACTED BY THE SEPTEMBER FLOOD. OUR RACE ROUTE TOOK A DIRECT HIT. WE HAD BEEN WARNED THAT INITIALLY THE FISH CREEK ROAD WOULD TAKE A FULL YEAR TO REBUILD. WITH SUPPORT OF GOVERNOR HICKENLOOPER, OUR 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.
AT THIS TIME, WE ARE MAPPING OUT A DOUBLE LOOP ROUTE OF THE HALF MARATHON COURSE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND SUPPORT. IT HAS BEEN A TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE FOR OUR COMMUNITY. WE ARE “Stronger Than the Flood, 2013″ !
The 2013 ROUTE:
START LINE at the Middle School front parking lot, the course enters Community Drive heading NORTH with a gradual downhill for a half mile to HIGHWAY 36. Runners will take a protected left turn onto HWY 36, heading west. At FOURTH STREET, marathoners turn LEFT and follow up short hill to the West entrance to the FAIRGROUNDS parking lot. Runners will follow parking lot road to Manford Ave EXIT, turn left onto MANFORD AVE, staying on large sidewalk. Runners will cross over street and head back to start area in front of the Middle School, passing through the school district complex to Brodie Avenue, where it takes a left, downhill to Fish Creek Road. The course now winds it’s way south gradually uphill for 4 miles to the high point of the course (8150 feet) at Hwy 7.
Here you head northwest on Hwy 7 and turn left onto Mary’s Lake Road. The course traverses across open meadows and next to the shores of Mary’s Lake. As the course winds downhill from gradual to steep, Lumpy Ridge and the Mummy Range loom in the distance. A right turn onto Riverside Avenue leads to some steeper downhills and flat terrain through a wooded residential area, eventually taking you onto Elkhorn Avenue and downtown Estes Park.
After going through the tunnel under Hwy 36 and looping back up onto the highway, runners will leave Highway 36 near MM 11 and turn left at Fire Station driveway and aid station. Runners will proceed on south Lake Estes bike path heading east. Runners will continue along the path that turns left onto 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. The course goes through 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.