Voted Colorado's most scenic marathon, the Estes Park Marathon offers spectacular views of Rocky Mountain National Park and a new partial downhill course. The first 7 miles is a 1000ft descent, thru pine forests and on mostly dirt trail. At mile 7, runners enter the flat Lake Estes bike path and eventually begin the only long climb- 418ft within 4.4 miles on Dry Gulch Road. At the mile13 summit, the rolling descent course follows the boundary line of Rocky Mountain National Park and offers the best mountain views within the US. Finishing at the high school track, runners are greeted with a pewter designed finishers medal.
The long climbs and high elevation (all above approximately 7,500 feet) makes the Estes Park Marathon one of the most challenging marathons in the United States.
The Estes Park Marathon was the 419th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 393rd largest in 2015.
Last year no finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 1.9% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.
This gives the Estes Park Marathon the 488th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 437th highest percentage in 2015.
Its Course Score of 85.78 ranks it as the 435th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 9th fastest course in Colorado.
The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Estes Park Marathon a PR Score of 85.11. This PR Score ranks it as the 435th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 9th fastest in Colorado.
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