RACE LOCATION: Estes Park, CO
We will begin the Race on the Lake Estes Trail around Community Drive and N St. Vrain Ave.
We will be running counter clockwise around the lake along the lake paved trail. When we come to Mall Rd we will take a left and run on Mall Rd until almost 1 mile where we will turn left back onto the lake trail. At mile 3 we will cross the bridge into the Visitors Center parking lot where we will have our first Aid Station. We will skirt along the parking lot and then cross Big Thompson where we will run against traffic for the next 1.5 miles. We will turn left off Big Thompson onto Lone Pine Drive. We will then make another immediate right onto N. Lake Ave.
We will take another left onto Dry Gulch. We will run on Dry Gulch for approximately 3 miles. This will be a steady uphill grade. At the end of Dry Gulch we will make a left onto Devil’s Gulch. Devil’s Gulch will have some rolling hills for the next few miles, but it will mostly be downhill. Just before mile 11 we will take a left onto MacGregor Ave. This will be a nice flat section of the course. We will then take a left Wonderview Ave. We will run against traffic to SW Steamer Pky where we will take a left and then and immediate right onto Steamer Pky. We will run with traffic on Steamer Pky to Steamer Dr, where will will take another right. We will then run down Steamer Dr to Big Thompson Ave. We will once again cross Big Thompson and run into the Visitors Center Parking lot. Again running counter clockwise around the lake to the finish line which will be at the same place that we started.
You’re going to have to train for that elevation gain, but the view at the top is worth it.
Our official training partner is Active at Altitude based in Estes Park, CO!
Terry is a Lydiard Certified Running Coach, and lives at 8,200 feet in Estes Park, CO. He has a blog post on tips for running and racing at altitude. Thanks Terry!
Whether you are a beginner or a more serious runner, Terry has a training plan that will help you prepare for the race. Find the right training schedule here to help you be ready.