Rocky Mountain Half Marathon

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See the beautiful sights available near the Rocky Mountain National Park in this trail running event. Take on the 5k, the Half Marathon, or try your hand at both in the Elk Double. Take part and earn a finisher's medal and more.
Half Marathon, Elk Double, and 5k
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Fri, Jul 29, 2022 - Sat, Jul 30, 2022
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Estes Park, United States
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Where and when
380 Community Dr, Estes Park, CO 80517, USA
Start times
Fri, Jul 29, 2022
6:00pm |
Elk Double:
Sat, Jul 30, 2022
Half Marathon:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Rocky Mountain Half Marathon
$30.00 - $55.00
Half Marathon
$94.00 - $149.00
Elk Double
$150.00 - $230.00
Route information
The Rocky Mountain Half Marathon is a paved trail run, that starts by running counter clockwise around Lake Estes, it then runs north uphill on Dry Gulch for around 3 miles, before turning left onto the undulating Devil's Gulch for a few miles, which is mostly downhill.
After Mile 8 the course turns left onto McGregor Ave, which is a flat section of the course. It then heads east and heads back to Dry Gulch, before turning back onto Lake Estes Trail and follows it counter clock wise to finish the race.
The 5k is a counter clockwise route of the lake. Participants will have a timed option, or a non timed "Fun Run" option. There will be one aid station around the half way mark.
If you want an extra challenge, take on the Elk Double, where you will compete in both the Friday evening 5k and the Saturday morning Half Marathon. Participants in this event will receive a medal for the 5k and Half Marathon, as well as a third medal for completing the Elk Double Challenge.
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What's included
  • Finisher's Medals
  • Unique Elk Double Finisher's Medal
  • Event T-Shirt
  • Unique Elk Double Event Swag
  • Aid Station
  • Timed Events
  • Fun Run
How to get there
380 Community Dr, Estes Park, CO 80517, USA
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By Car
Exit the CA-7 onto Manford Ave, or exit the US-36 onto Community Dr to reach the event.
There are a number of parking lots within walking distance of the event. You may be subject to a parking fee.
Event day logistics
11am to 5pm Race Expo & Bib Pickup
5:45pm Runners Line Up for 5k
6pm 5k (Timed & Fun Run) start
7pm 5k awards
4am Parking lots & Bib Pickup opens
5:45am Last Call for Gear Check & Runners Line Up for Half Marathon
5:55am National Anthem
6am Half Marathon starts
6:40am Start line closes
8:15am Overall & Masters Awards
9am Age Group Awards
Elk Double Challenge
The Elk Double Challenge tasks participants to compete in both the Friday evening 5k and the Saturday morning Half Marathon. Participants in this event will receive a medal for the 5k and Half Marathon, as well as a third medal for completing the Elk Double Challenge.
Simply running both the 5k & the Half Marathon does not qualify you for this challenge. You must enter the Elk Double at checkout to qualify for this event and earn the unique Elk Double Medal & Swag.
5k Fun Run
The Fun Run event runs at the same time. place and course as the 5k. However, participants in the Fun Run will not be able to have their race timed. They will still receive an Event T-Shirt & 5k Finisher's Medal.
Cut Off Time
The Half Marathon will have a time limit of 4 hours, meaning a cut off time of 10am. This amounts to a pace of 18 minutes per mile, which is plenty of time to walk the course.
Course Records
Course record holders receive a free entry into a vacation races event for every year that their time remains a record. As of the start of 2022, the current holders and times for this events Half Marathon are:
Male Overall: David Cardenas (1:14:53)
Female Overall: Kelsey Persyn (1:29:03)
Male Masters: Gerald Romera (1:26:59)
Female Masters: Ruby Bod (1:38:08)
Aid Stations
The 5k will have one aid station at the halfway point.
There will be around 6 aid stations on the Half Marathon course. There will be a medic station at a station near the halfway mark.
Aid Stations include toilets, water, Gnarly Hydrate, Honey Stinger gels, basic first aid supplies and more.
Cup-less Event
Please be aware that this will be a cup free event, in order to reduce trash created. There will be no cups provided at the start/finish line or any aid station. You will need to bring your own container to carry water with you.
If you cannot bring your own water container, you can get a HydraPouch® supplied to you, either at the event or shipped to you. If it is less then a month to the event, having the pouch shipped is not guaranteed, so it is recommended that you collect your pouch at the Race Expo.
Please remember that this event may be impacted due to COVID-19. The event has an increased chance of being cancelled, or postponed due to unexpected COVID-19 developments. All runners who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 are expected to avoid attending the event.
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Spectator Info
Spectators are more than welcome to attend the event and support their friends and family from the finish line.
It is asked that spectators only park in the designated areas and that once your runner has finished their race, please stay outside of the runner recovery area. Finally, finish line drinks, supplies, and the medical tent are for runners only.
Can I bring my dog to the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon?
No, unfortunately dogs will not be allowed at this event.
What is the cut off time for the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon?
The Half Marathon will have a 4 hour time limit, meaning a cut off time of 10am.
What is the Elk Double at the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon?
The Elk Double challenges participants to run the 5k & the Half Marathon. Participants in the Elk Double will receive a unique medal & swag. Simply running both events will not make you eligible for this event, you must enter the event at checkout.
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