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Rocky Mountain Half Marathon
July 28, 2023
Estes Park, CO
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About The Rocky Mountain Half Marathon
The Rocky Mountain Half Marathon in Estes Park, Colorado is a 13.1-mile footrace that showcases the beauty and grandeur of one of Colorado’s most iconic landscapes. The course winds through some of the state’s most stunning mountain scenery, with plenty of ascents and descents along the way to keep runners challenged and motivated.
Starting at 7,400 feet above sea level, the race begins at Marys Lake before heading east toward Longs Peak Trailhead. Runners will get great views of Longs Peak as they make their way up to Sheep Lakes Trailhead before descending down into Moraine Park and eventually finishing in downtown Estes Park. With nearly 2000 feet of elevation gain throughout the course, it’s no wonder this race has become so popular among trail runners looking for an epic challenge!
The typical weather during July should be warm but bearable; temperatures usually range between 65 – 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day with cooler nights around 45 – 55 degrees Fahrenheit depending on altitude gains or losses along your route. As far as crowds go, expect a mix between avid runners from all over and locals who have come out to cheer you on – something that always adds extra motivation during these long races!
Aside from being an incredibly challenging run through beautiful terrain, there are also several special perks associated with running this half marathon: first off is its proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park – just minutes away – so if you’re traveling from afar you can explore some additional sights while you’re here; secondly is how well organized it is; organizers offer everything from pre-and post-race pasta dinners to live music performances afterwards; lastly there are prizes available for top finishers along with awards given out for overall winners in each age category giving everyone incentive to do their best!
All things considered, if you’re looking for a difficult yet rewarding half marathon experience then The Rocky Mountain Half Marathon in Estes Park should definitely be added onto your bucket list!