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Overall Rating (55 Reviews)
4.7
(55 Ratings)(55 Reviews)
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3.7
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4.6
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4.4
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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    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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    jiann1770 FIRST-TIMER '16

    The course took runners across roads near Rocky Mountain National Park. A group of friends and I raced during the morning, hung out in Estes Park afterward, and went camping … MORE

    The course took runners across roads near Rocky Mountain National Park. A group of friends and I raced during the morning, hung out in Estes Park afterward, and went camping at night. It’s a beautiful area, and Rocky Mountain National Park is right there. I can’t wait to run it again.

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    JCRinCO REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This was my 2nd race with vacationraces.com. Some staff remembered me from my first race with them 4 months earlier. The organization and swag were great as were the people. … MORE

    This was my 2nd race with vacationraces.com. Some staff remembered me from my first race with them 4 months earlier. The organization and swag were great as were the people.

    The course is a challenge due to the hills, including a stretch of about 3 miles with a consistent climb. If you’re not used to running at altitude, it can be even more challenging. But it’s worth the effort. The scenery is amazing.

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    GaryC FIRST-TIMER '16

    The Rocky Mountain Half was the 2nd leg of the Elk Double that I did with my daughter, Alli. We made this the focal point of a 2 week trip … MORE

    The Rocky Mountain Half was the 2nd leg of the Elk Double that I did with my daughter, Alli. We made this the focal point of a 2 week trip from Michigan to Colorado (Our fave state by the way). It was incredible to spend this time and adventure with her.
    The race itself was certainly a challenge at times, we were in good shape but the mountain elevation made itself known pretty quickly. Luckily, the mountain scenery was a beautiful distraction from the work we were putting in. From the loop around the lake, the “few” feet of gain as we entered the meat of it, to the wonder and awe around us, to the gentle downhill as we passed the Stanley Hotel and made our way back in through Estes Park, I’ve never had a more picturesque run in my life.
    The outdoor expo was really unique and the way it was organized was second to none.
    The medals, the included swag, the race bib, the available shirts and hoodies, the special shirt for those in the Elk Double (My personal favorite hoodie ever. I wear it at least once a week) were all exceptional. When signing up for the race I was a little taken aback by the fees. This was put to rest immediately. It was well worth the cost and more. Honest.
    I can’t tell you how truly fun the race was, it’s a memory that I will never lose and was made even better by being able to share it with my oldest daughter Alli.
    Thank you Vacation Races, it was an incredible time. I would love to do it again!!

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    allicradit FIRST-TIMER '16

    The Rocky Mountain National Park Half Marathon was my first half marathon, and I was lucky enough to do it with my dad! We took a 2 week vacation from … MORE

    The Rocky Mountain National Park Half Marathon was my first half marathon, and I was lucky enough to do it with my dad! We took a 2 week vacation from Michigan and traveled out to Colorado for this race. We did the Elk Double (the 5k and half marathon). It was a beautiful course, and a well put together race weekend. Although the course was challenging, I was determined to tough it out. When I finished, I had never felt more accomplished in my life! And being able to do it all with my dad made it even better. We supported each other the entire way! Overall, the Rocky Mountain National Park Half Marathon was awesome, and I’d love to do it again!!!

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    candicestump REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This was my 3rd half marathon and first with Vacation Races. Some friends and I decided to run the race and turn it into a family vacation. We picked up … MORE

    This was my 3rd half marathon and first with Vacation Races. Some friends and I decided to run the race and turn it into a family vacation.
    We picked up our packets the afternoon before. The expo was great, with lots of merchandise and s’mores. I love that they bring their sign. It makes a great keepsake picture!
    The Rocky Mountains are beautiful and this was such an amazing race. It’s very well put together. I run in the 3 hour pace time and they did such a great job at making us slower folks feel important too!!
    I’ve never had a race that gave me a high the entire time, but this one did. I even had tears in my eyes when I got to the 13 mile marker.
    For months I had people tell me this was going to be really hard, the altitude was going to be difficult, ect. I really did not find too many people who were supportive. I was scared! I am so glad my attitude was “watch me”, because I did it in under 3 hours.
    I stopped several times to take pictures, because I just couldn’t get over how beautiful it was!
    Let me not forget, the medals are Awesome!!
    I recommend this race to everyone. We had so much fun, we are doing the Yellowstone Half in June.

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    DaisySage FIRST-TIMER '16

    I had never been to Colorado prior to this event. I couldn't pass up the opportunity for the Elk Double! Colorado is stunning! I'm pleased to have done both events. … MORE

    I had never been to Colorado prior to this event. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for the Elk Double! Colorado is stunning! I’m pleased to have done both events. The only hiccup was the description on the website that it wasn’t necessary to have a vehicle (for out of town people like myself) to get around due to the hosting town having buses. Not true! Buses don’t run early in the morning so I would have had to walk 3-4 miles prior to doing my half-marathon(in the dark and on a road that wasn’t meant for pedestrian travel). Fortunately, I found out my Texas friends were also doing the events so they were kind enough to pick me up. The race itself was awesome. The swag was super. Bottom line…make sure you have a car to get around.

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