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The Estes Park Marathon is one of America’s most scenic marathon courses! Runners enjoy our new road course that is surrounded by glorious 360 degree views of Rocky Mountain National Park. Starting with an inspiring 1500 ft descent, within the first 6.5 miles, runners will find their rhythm and strong … MORE
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    TroyMiller FIRST-TIMER '19

    It was a cool and rainy start at around 9500 feet but the beauty that surrounded the start and much of the race was breathtaking. If the view won't take … MORE

    It was a cool and rainy start at around 9500 feet but the beauty that surrounded the start and much of the race was breathtaking. If the view won’t take your breath away, the elevation might. I knew this would be an issue for a “flatlander” from Iowa (the elevations I train at are around 750′) so I slowed down my pace and just took in the beauty that was surrounding me. I took pictures, slowed down to chat with and encourage other runners and somehow still managed to finish second in my age division. The event was well run, the shuttle to the start was easy, the volunteers were helpful, cheerful and encouraging, the aid stations were well stocked, the porta potties could have been slightly more plentiful along the route but I only say that because they weren’t necessarily where I needed them, LOL. The start area was great as we were able to relax inside the lodge with fresh coffee, tea or hot chocolate and water to make the wait in the cool, damp morning much more tolerable. The race itself takes you from about 9500 feet at the Dao House down scenic HWY 7 into the town of Estes Park about 2000′ below over the first 10 or so miles. The views of the rockies are plentiful as are beautiful streams and lakes. The route then tours around the town and then out around the countryside (and up and down a few hills) and then back into town past the historic Stanley Hotel back around the lake and finishing on the HS track (the rubber surface sure felt good on tired legs). Post race food options were not great in my opinion (or maybe it was just because I finished about an hour later than I normally would at lower elevations). Options were cheese pizza, broccoli pizza, salad and some vegetarian dish. No offense to my fellow runners but who runs 26.2 miles and can’t wait to grab a salad. Nonetheless, I had a great time and enjoyed my cheese pizza 🙂
    If you’re looking to BQ, this race, although downhill for most of the first 10 miles, is likely not a great race for that. If you’re looking for a destination race, this is a great one! The Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park area is full of fun things to do and see. My wife and I loved the area and will probably go back to do more exploring.

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    M_Sohaskey Jun 24, 2019 at 1:14pm

    Well done, Troy! I ran Jackson Hole last year, and even at 6,000 feet elevation my legs felt leaden in the last few miles, so I can only imagine what… MORE

    Well done, Troy! I ran Jackson Hole last year, and even at 6,000 feet elevation my legs felt leaden in the last few miles, so I can only imagine what 7,500+ feet must have felt like. Luckily you were in the right place to enjoy the scenery, and when you're doing this 50 times in 50 different states, sometimes it's best to let the body take its time. And I guess cheese pizza is better than no pizza at all 😁. Congrats on notching state 19, and thanks for another helpful review! LESS

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