Estes Park is a training, running and racing paradise. With thin air and high elevation, the challenge for athletes 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.Saturday, August 2nd, 2014: 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.
Saturday, September 20, 2014: 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.
Thursday - Sunday, October 9-12, 2014: Estes Trail Ascent Trail Running Conference
The inaugural Trail Running Conference in the USA took place in Estes Park in June 2013. The second annual Conference takes place October 9-11, 2014, and remains at the historic Stanley Hotel. 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 October 12, 2014, 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!
Sunday, October 12, 2014: Estes Trail Ascent Trail Race
The Trail Race is organized and presented by Estes Park Running Club, who also present the Estes Park Marathon, as well as other races in the Estes Park area. The ridge-line run begins at 8,500 feet in elevation on top of Pole hill Road just east of Estes Park, and summits at 9,085 feet during the 5.9-mile race. The race is limited to the first 100 registrations. Day-of registration available only if space allows. Pre-register online for a guaranteed spot. Find more details at EPMarathon.org.
May: Estes Park Medical Group Lake Estes Run (Formerly the Fit Family 5 Mile)
Bring the entire family to Estes Park for a weekend of running in the mountains. Festivities and races start at the Lake Estes Marina at 9:00am, and then runners will pace around on the Lake Estes Trail for about 5 miles. Racers of all ages and abilities will take in the amazing scenery of Estes park and the peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park. Kid's activities will take place at the Marina as well. More details coming soon!
Estes Park Marathon, Marathon Relay, 1/2 Marathon, 10K, 5K & Kids Fun Run
Open meadows. Forested and stream-lined residential property. 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.
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! Additional details at eparathon.org
For more information about the race, call 970-214-4128 or go to EPMarathon.org