Estes Park is training, running and racing paradise. With thin air and high elevation, the challenge for runners intensifies, as does the thrill. The breathtaking mountain views and alpine inspiration keep spirits high, even during the longest of races. Whether you are looking to run the trails or are going for endurance, the Estes Park Summer Race Series will challenge you, leaving you in awe of both yourself and your surroundings. Tips on Running at Altitude
Here’s a breakdown of Runs and all the info you need to jump in and Run!
Saturday & Sunday, June 20 & 21, 2015: Estes Park Marathon, Marathon Relay, 1/2 Marathon, 10K, 5K & Kids Fun Run
Open meadows. Forested and stream-lined residential roads. Looming, spectacular peaks stretching toward the sky. All are integral to the Estes Park Marathon course that is known for having the highest paved route in the nation. Bond Park in downtown Estes Park is the perfect spot for kid’s activities and races.
The challenging USA Track & Field (USATF)-recognized race is held on Sunday. As part of this event, there is a race for every member of the family: a full marathon, a half marathon, a 10K and 5K combined into the same race day. Walkers are encouraged to join the fun. And everybody’s off the course in seven hours. The Kid’s Fun Run and family fun festival takes place on Saturday. Register and find additional details at EPMarathon.org
Saturday, June 13, 2015: Elkhorn Dash Fun Run
A one mile, quick dash down the main street of Estes Park, Elkhorn Ave! Perfect for those looking to clock-in their personal best for a mile or families with wee-ones in strollers who want to take it a bit slower. Starting promptly at 7:45am near the Elkhorn Lodge on West Elkhorn Ave, have fun during this quick and scenic dash!
For more information about the race, call 970-214-4128 or go to EPMarathon.org
Saturday, July 18: Rocky Mountain Centennial 5K
Celebrate Rocky Mountain National Park’s Centennial anniversary by joining in this scenic race that will highlight the park’s history. The route starts near the Wild Basin Trailhad and winds along trails and roadsides, taking in majestic mountain views. Register and find additiaonl details at EPMarathon.org
Saturday, August 1, 2015: Rocky Mountain Half Marathon
The Rocky Mountain Half Marathon celebrates the beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park. Challenge yourself with this high-altitude race through the spectacular Rocky Mountains and Estes Park. Beginning at the host hotel – the historic Stanley Hotel – at 6 a.m., the race will tour parts of town and stretch along the edge of the national park. You can find additional details and registration at TheRockyMountainHalf.com.
Sunday, September 13, 2015: Fall Classic Marathon, Estes Park to Loveland
This scenic marathon takes runners from the starting line of the historic Stanley Hotel down the descending curves of the Big Thompson Canyon (Hwy 34) past overlooks of the rushing river and bighorn sheep perched on steep cliffs above before finishing in Loveland, CO. Visit FallClassicMarathon.com for more information on this top Boston & New York Marathon qualifying race.
Saturday,September 26, 2015: Running of the Bulls
A special, family-friendly run/walk around the 3.75-mile Lake Estes Trail, the Running of the Bulls both celebrates the magnificent elk rut (mating rituals) and raises funds Partners Mentoring youth, a local non-profit organization. Bring the dogs, the kids and an entourage to enjoy the beautiful scenery and refreshing autumn mountain air. More details can be found at PartnersMentoringYouth.org.
Wednesday-Saturday, October 7 -10, 2015: Estes Park Trail Ascent Trail Running Conference & Race
The third annual Conference continues in the trail running mecca of Estes Park, CO. The first day of the Conference is for Trail Race Directors, with days 2 & 3 focused on Trail Runners, with interactive workshops, demonstrations, opportunities to try trail products, and educational speaker panels. The weekend finishes with a trail race on Sunday and is open to the public.
The conference is organized and presented by Active at Altitude, provider of running camps and active vacations, training, wellness and spiritual connection at 8,200 feet in the stunning Rocky Mountains. Visit EstesTrailAscent.com for more information or to register for this thrilling and inspiring conference!
Additional events can be found at Run! (http://www.visitestespark.com/events-calendar/special-events/summer-race-series/)