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.
June: Estes Park Marathon Festival - June 21 &22, 2014
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 forevery member of the family: a full marathon, a half marathon, a 10K and5K 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 activities take place on Saturday.
There is race-day registration for the 10K and 5K races. There is no race-day registration for the marathon or the half marathon.All races take place at high altitude, so please be prepared. Tips for high-altitude racing can be found at the race website.
For more information about the race,call 970-586-8189 or go to EPMarathon.org
August: Rocky Mountain Half Marathon- August 2, 2014
The Rocky Mountain Half Marathon celebrates the beauty of Rocky MountainNational 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 partsof town and stretch along the edge of the national park. You can find additional details and registration at TheRockyMountainHalf.com.October: Estes Trail Ascent Trail Running Conference & Race, October 9-12, 2014
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. Follow this link for more information or to register for this thrilling and inspiring conference & trail race, as well as for information on the trail running conference! 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.