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:
Note there is a change to the course for 2012 from previous years!
Starting at the Aquatic Center parking lot, the course heads west on Graves Avenue.and turns uphill (south) onto Hwy 7. After turning left onto Community Drive, begin a gradual downhill for a half mile to a right on Manford Avenue. The course travels 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.
New for 2013! You can purchase official Estes Park Marathon race merchandise online, order before May 29, and collect on race day, June 16! There are quality options for both women and men in a variety of styles – see more details on our 2013 race merchandise here