Estes Park Races

The breathtaking mountain views and alpine inspiration of these annual races keep spirits high, even during the longest of races. Whether you are looking to run the trails or are going for endurance, Estes Park summer races will challenge you, leaving you in awe of both yourself and your surroundings.

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Duck Waddle 5k

May 7, 2022

Kick starting the Estes Park Duck Race Festival, runners enjoy this Spring time run and take part in the fundraising efforts for local charities. Bring your friends and family for this terrific event!  Registration & Information.


Beer Bound 5K

April 9, 2022

This fun race starts and ends at Rock Cut Brewing Co. It is an untimed, open course, 5k-ish fun-run. All levels of walkers, runners, and joggers are welcome. Each route is created to show off the surrounding neighborhood. 


Estes Park Marathon & Half, 10K, 5K, and Kids Fun Run Festival  

June 18 & 19, 2022

Bring the entire family to Estes Park for a weekend of running in the mountains. 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. 

June 18th,  Saturday, Longs Peak 5 Miler

Race Start: 8 AM, east of the Observatory and close to the Lake Estes Trail. ( all north of the high school). 

Finish :  High School Track & Field. 

Course: counterclockwise around Lake Estes.

Participants:  200 all ages

Race Information:


Saturday, June 18th, KIDS, KIDS, KIDS: BIKE, RUN, FUN! Festival

Time: 9:30 - NOON

Location: at the High School Track, Longs Peak 5 Miler finish area

Live music performed by KUTANDARA,

Race information:

Partnering with EVICS.



Start : 5AM - 7:00AM, rolling start from the DAO HOUSE, 1620 Co Hwy 7.

Finish: High School Track & Field

Courses: Half Marathon & Full Marathon start from the Dao House and descend Hwy 7 to Fish Creek Road, then use the Fish Creek Trail to Scott Ave. then split.  Full runs through neighborhood and rejoins on Fish Creek multi-use trail at Brook Dr.  Runner continue to Lake Estes.   Half Marathon runs east bound, counter clockwise around Lake Estes and finishes at Track.  The full marathon runs west bound at Lake Estes and the Dry Gulch/Devils Gulch loop and finishes at the Track. 


Rocky Mountain Half Marathon & 5K

July 29 & 30, 2022

Get some fresh air. Escape to the mountains! With the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon, 5K, and Elk Double (Half Marathon + 5K) you can choose your own adventure!

5K & Fun Run       July 29       Starts 6:00 p.m.

Half Marathon       July 30       Starts 6:00 a.m.

This is a challenging but scenic run just outside Rocky Mountain National Park. The course will be on paved road, it starts and ends at Stanley Park, by Lake Estes, which means it has some killer mountain views! These events are stroller and disability friendly. No dogs please. Registration and more information.


Past Races
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Estes Trail Ascent 

September 2021

This race offers a short challenging ascent at a distance of either 4 or 6.75 miles. The Estes Trail Ascent captures scenery you will want to return to, even when you are not racing! The Estes Trail Ascent is created and organized by the Estes Park Running Club and is part of the last event of the US Trail Conference. Information & Registration.


Rut Run 5K

October 2, 2021

With the Fall Season, Estes Park shines in colors and wilderness experiences! Join us as we acknowledge this unique season at the Rut Run 5k, part of Elk Fest. Kick starting the weekend of events, the 5K (3.1 miles) race offers a short and scenic tour of fall colors, grand views and possible Elk encounters (from a safe distance). Starting and finishing at downtown’s Bond Park, runners, joggers, walkers and strollers, will head west on Elkhorn Ave and join the River Walk path at the Performance Park parking lot. Following the winding and scenic path, you will enjoy the radiant golden Aspen colors, hear the sounds of Fall River and pass by the historic residence of F.O. Stanley on the Wonder View return route. This run will quickly ignite your senses and appreciation for nature and its splendor.  More information & registration.