Overall Rating
Overall Rating (61 Reviews)
4.7
(61 Ratings)(61 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.8
SCENERY
4.8
PRODUCTION
4.6
SWAG
4.5
Get some fresh air, and escape to the mountains this summer! With the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon, 5K, and Elk Double (half marathon + 5K), you can choose your own adventure! The course runs on the border of Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, CO. Most of the pre … MORE
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    kmusheno FIRST-TIMER '20

    Beautiful views from the hillsides of Estes Park after climbing ~400 feet over the first 5 miles followed by a gentle downhill for the rest of the race down to … MORE

    Beautiful views from the hillsides of Estes Park after climbing ~400 feet over the first 5 miles followed by a gentle downhill for the rest of the race down to the lakeside park near the start line.

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    jmskafidas FIRST-TIMER '20

    Vacation Races has done it again!! So glad this was my first in-person race of 2020. They made me feel so comfortable with participating in this setting with their frequent … MORE

    Vacation Races has done it again!! So glad this was my first in-person race of 2020. They made me feel so comfortable with participating in this setting with their frequent communication via email prior to the race, and adhering to social distancing precautions from start to finish on race day. The waves were small and spread out, so you never felt congested on the course. The drive thru packet pick-up was very efficient! I did miss the feel of the pre-race expo and post race celebration, but I completely understand why things had to change.
    This course itself is breathtaking! Challenging, but beautiful. Makes the burn totally worth it! I am lucky enough to live in Colorado and I still found myself struggling for air at points, as there is a solid 3.5 mile hill at the beginning, so definitely train for hills. It’s a must for people who are from out of state and want to experience the best of RMNP. Also, the shirts and medals were on point this year.

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    CG23 FIRST-TIMER '20

    This was a great race in a beautiful place. The event was very well thought out and in the time of Covid every precaution taken. The course was moderately difficult … MORE

    This was a great race in a beautiful place. The event was very well thought out and in the time of Covid every precaution taken. The course was moderately difficult with many hills and one long steady hill towards the beginning but the hill towards the end was the worst.

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    marxbk18 FIRST-TIMER '20

    This is a difficult road course but the views are more than worth it. Even with the restrictions due to COVID-19 Race Vacations did an amazing job! They spaced out … MORE

    This is a difficult road course but the views are more than worth it. Even with the restrictions due to COVID-19 Race Vacations did an amazing job! They spaced out participants as needed and they had a drive thru bib pick up. The communication was top notch and you can’t get many medals better than the National Park medals they have. The chance to run through Estes Park is a bucket list item. They do have cupless water stops but a water pouch is included with registration if you don’t have a way to carry water on your own. I will do this one again for sure!

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    mjenn66 FIRST-TIMER '20

    Course was road or paved path. 3.5 mile incline. What made this race tough was simply altitude. Somewhat scenic course, the mountains are far off in the distance, but still … MORE

    Course was road or paved path. 3.5 mile incline. What made this race tough was simply altitude. Somewhat scenic course, the mountains are far off in the distance, but still a pretty run.

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    johnmallonee FIRST-TIMER '20

    Vacation races did a great job organizing and actually conducting a safe race during the pandemic. The location is fantastic for scenery and is a great combination for running and … MORE

    Vacation races did a great job organizing and actually conducting a safe race during the pandemic. The location is fantastic for scenery and is a great combination for running and visiting a magnificent natural park. As a runner not used to higher altitudes, my performance was affected, so it’s important to manage expectations for race results. I had a great experience and look forward to my next Vacation Race. Oh, and the medal was unique and top notch.

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    dumais2012 FIRST-TIMER '16

    Fantastic race as always put on by Vacation Races. They never disappoint. Very scenic and the best medals. Had so much fun we are going again this year. Train for … MORE

    Fantastic race as always put on by Vacation Races. They never disappoint. Very scenic and the best medals. Had so much fun we are going again this year. Train for elevation and hills if you can.

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    chipperjones20 FIRST-TIMER '16

    The course is all paved and circumvents the reservoir on the south side of Estes Park. Night time run which allows for cooler temps and easier on Flatlanders (Like me). … MORE

    The course is all paved and circumvents the reservoir on the south side of Estes Park. Night time run which allows for cooler temps and easier on Flatlanders (Like me). Packet pickup was easy and the swag for the Elk Doubler is AWESOME!! The medal is a smaller version of the half marathon and there is a third medal for finishing both!

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    chipperjones20 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Flatlanders would benefit from this as a first time course. The mountains cheer you on as you race around Estes Park. The aid stations are excellent and swag is AWESOME!! … MORE

    Flatlanders would benefit from this as a first time course. The mountains cheer you on as you race around Estes Park. The aid stations are excellent and swag is AWESOME!! I did the Elk Doubler which had the 5K the night before in addition to this run. Great practice run before Pike’s Peak!

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 18, 2017 at 3:18pm

    Love the imagery of the mountains cheering you on, Kat! And if you'll be running Pikes Peak this year, GOOD LUCK – hope you'll come back and review that as… MORE

    Love the imagery of the mountains cheering you on, Kat! And if you'll be running Pikes Peak this year, GOOD LUCK – hope you'll come back and review that as well, we'd love to know how it goes! LESS

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    edgxrb REPEAT RUNNER '16

    The mountains made the race this time around!! Did the half the year prior, and returned for the 5k as my first race after surgery. Had a wonderful experience, but … MORE

    The mountains made the race this time around!! Did the half the year prior, and returned for the 5k as my first race after surgery. Had a wonderful experience, but the knee still gave me trouble… At no fault of the race staff, Vacation Races, etc. !!! Glad to say this was my first race in the bounce back! 🙂

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    bpaniagua13 FIRST-TIMER '16

    I had a great time, but should have taken the altitude difference more seriously. I'm from San Diego, and the difference was brutal. I would love to do it again, … MORE

    I had a great time, but should have taken the altitude difference more seriously. I’m from San Diego, and the difference was brutal. I would love to do it again, though!

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    katecpayne FIRST-TIMER '16

    This was my first Vacation Race event, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Even though the race doesn't actually take place inside Rocky Mountain National Park, it is still a stunning … MORE

    This was my first Vacation Race event, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Even though the race doesn’t actually take place inside Rocky Mountain National Park, it is still a stunning race to participate in. The start of the race is super early; I was a little apprehensive about this, but it ended up working out because my friends and I still had the whole day after we were finished with the race. The long uphill grade in the first half of the race was challenging but manageable, and the second half was mostly flat or downhill.

    This is a great race, and I highly recommend it! It’s a great way to work a race into a vacation!

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    Kncarpenter FIRST-TIMER '16

    This race was very organized and well ran! The course scenery was beyond beautiful and the course was a great challenge. Everyone at the aide stations were very helpful and … MORE

    This race was very organized and well ran! The course scenery was beyond beautiful and the course was a great challenge. Everyone at the aide stations were very helpful and I love that this race is non-cup to eliminate waste that usually happens. All of the volunteers were very supportive along the course. I am planning on doing this race again!

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    domino76 FIRST-TIMER '16

    This was my 2nd Vacation Races Run. Having it in the town of Estes Park makes it the perfect place to plan a vacation around this amazing race. You have … MORE

    This was my 2nd Vacation Races Run. Having it in the town of Estes Park makes it the perfect place to plan a vacation around this amazing race. You have the National Park just a few miles away. Lots of hotels to stay at walking distance from the starting line. Tons of restaurants and entertainment in the town. The race its self was really tough for a few miles (all up hill) but on the way back down it had amazing views of the Rocky Mountains well worth it. Don’t expect to get your best time with the 3 miles of up hill and the thin air being 8000 above sea level. Again Vacation Races puts on a amazing race with lots of entertainment all weekend. I wish I would have done the 5K the night before. Plan a week vacation when doing this race.

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 18, 2017 at 3:49pm

    Great photo Jeremy (and your Zion photo as well), wow – love the framing of the medal and background. Sounds like an amazing race, and your picture says it all.… MORE

    Great photo Jeremy (and your Zion photo as well), wow – love the framing of the medal and background. Sounds like an amazing race, and your picture says it all. Hope you'll come back to review every VR event you run! LESS

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    mariaevasanders REPEAT RUNNER '14

    Rocky Mountain is a spectacular National Park! During the run, you are surrounded by beautiful vistas, mile 9 gives you an awesome view of Long's Peak, it is just stunning. … MORE

    Rocky Mountain is a spectacular National Park! During the run, you are surrounded by beautiful vistas, mile 9 gives you an awesome view of Long’s Peak, it is just stunning. VR knows how to put on a race. I encourage you to do all the VR races!!!

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    grisconde FIRST-TIMER '15

    The course was well marked and it was moderately challenging especially if you're not used to the higher altitudes. I recommend you spend about a day or two in the … MORE

    The course was well marked and it was moderately challenging especially if you’re not used to the higher altitudes. I recommend you spend about a day or two in the area prior to race day. The volunteers and coordinators were amazing! Thank you all for an amazing experience!

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    Runmouse FIRST-TIMER '16

    Great race beautiful scenery. Would have really liked to have stayed longer and enjoyed the park. Would love to go again but they changed the dates of the race this … MORE

    Great race beautiful scenery. Would have really liked to have stayed longer and enjoyed the park. Would love to go again but they changed the dates of the race this year would recommend this to anybody who wanted to run at high altitudes.

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    bdugas3 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    The Scenery will be hard to beat. The route was well planned with great views along the way. Training for the elevation is recommended, especially hills. MORE

    The Scenery will be hard to beat. The route was well planned with great views along the way. Training for the elevation is recommended, especially hills.

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    jllewis VOLUNTEER '16

    Very organized event. It was also the perfect temperature and Estes Park is a beautiful place! Everyone should visit here. I also participated in the 5k which was so great! MORE

    Very organized event. It was also the perfect temperature and Estes Park is a beautiful place! Everyone should visit here. I also participated in the 5k which was so great!

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    edgxrb FIRST-TIMER '15

    The mountains surrounding made the hills much more palatable. I'd recommend this race for anyone looking for a bit of a challenge with the altitude, but still definitely a doable … MORE

    The mountains surrounding made the hills much more palatable. I’d recommend this race for anyone looking for a bit of a challenge with the altitude, but still definitely a doable course. The cup-free atmosphere was much appreciated, and the aid stations along the way were nice. Great race!!

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