Running in the Parks | Half Marathons | General Questions

Why can’t we run in the park?

The National Park Service states its mission as:

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

The preservation of the parks are their first and foremost concern. While there are some instances where the parks have opened themselves up to a race within the actual park, it can be unpredictable. We will continue to work with the park system and when they do open up the parks, we will be the first in line to launch a running event.

Why half marathons?

Two reasons

1. Half marathons have experienced a surge in popularity over the past decade. It is currently the second most popular running distance in America.

2. Running then hiking. Our races take place near national parks. It is challenging to tackle a half marathon with little or no training, where many people can run a 5k or a 10k with minimal training. However, the shorter distance(compared to a full marathon) means you can recover quickly. You can run Saturday morning and by Sunday morning many runners are up for a hike. We want to encourage our runners to make a vacation out of this event and enjoy the park.

As we continue with our race series we will explore additional distances in order to serve our runners. If we find there in interest in a marathon, we may consider adding one in addition to the half.

What time does the race start?

The race starts at 6:00am sharp! We do not start our races late. We will update the website and our runners immediately if the time changes.

Will there be shuttles to the starting line? Back from the finish line?

As we get closer to race day, we’ll have more details to report. Stay tuned!

How long do I have to finish the race? Can I walk?

Runners will have 4 hours to finish. Walkers are welcome as long as they can complete the course within the 4 hour limit. We will need all the runners to be off the road by 10:00am.

Are strollers allowed on the course?

Yes! Strollers are allowed on all of our courses, but please be sure to familiarize yourself with the course.

Are dogs allowed on the course?

No. Unfortunately, they’re a liability our insurance doesn’t cover. But they’re welcome to come greet you at the finish line with the rest of your friends and family!

Where should I stay during my visit?

We’ll be announcing host hotels offering discounts as soon as we lock them down for 2015. For now, you can find other lodging options at the Visit Estes Park website. There are a couple campsites inside the park. You can find all the information you want regarding these sites including how to make a reservation on the NPS Website.

Can we register as a team?

Absolutely you can! For details visit our “Team Registration” page. If you’re already signed up as an individual, but would like to join a team, email cherie@vacationraces.com with your name, confirmation number, and the team name you would like to join.

How do I get a refund?

We have an excellent refund policy with additional options for transfer and deferment. If you do request a refund, it will take about 21 days to process before you receive your refund. Visit our “Refund Policies” page for details.

Who gets a medal?

Place medals will be given to the top 5 male and female runners overall as well as the Masters 40+ group. Additionally, the top 5 in each of the following age groups will also receive a place medal.

11 and younger
75 and older

There will be finisher medals for everyone who finishes the race.

What do the medals look like?

Making beautiful and high-quality medals is one of our priorities. As soon as we have everything finalized we’ll update our blog and let runners know via email.

If I do the Continental Divide Club Challenge AND the Rocky Mountain Trifecta Challenge, do I get 70% off my next race?

Nope. You’ll just get the 50% discount. But you WILL get major props from us for being so hardcore.