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Golden Leaf Half Marathon

September 15, 2023 - September 16, 2023


Chosen by Trail Runner Magazine as one of “America’s 14 Most Scenic Races” and Colorado Runner Magazine as the “Best Half Marathon” in 2008, the Golden Leaf Half Marathon is one of the most beautiful trail events in the Rockies. Aspen Parks & Recreation presents an event this year, set for September in Aspen, Colorado, at the height of Colorado’s fall color season; this is a destination course that is as challenging as beautiful. Runners will be taken on a course from Snowmass Village to Aspen Mountain, with steep climbs, single-track mountain trails, and roads all conveying Aspen’s magnificent scenery and the fall season’s famous colors. The course is challenging and stunningly scenic, with elevation gains of 970 feet peaking at 9,400 feet.

Details of events are summarized well on Aspen Special Events. Registration is limited to 750, and these spots go fast, plan accordingly. Also, plan on difficult terrain. This is a backcountry event, be aware that the race course is mostly single track with obstacles in the form of roots and rocks.   Although there are aid stations throughout the race, runners are encouraged to carry additional resources for hydration and food. When registered, participants receive official race bibs, timing chips, and goodie bags which can be picked up the day before the event or race day morning. Participation includes awards and raffle, cash prizes given away at the post-race Awards Ceremony, including lunch from Slow Groovin BBQ.

Aspen, Colorado, is a beautiful mountain resort town with many events annually.  Limelight Hotel and The Gant are unique hotels that provide details on Aspen activities for any time of year. In addition to hotels and resorts, participants can go camping or stay at RV Park nearby Coulter Creek, Willows on Coulter Creek, and RV Camp Site. To celebrate a successful trial run, participants and supporters can try out several local restaurants in the area. Bosq and Betula are fine dining options in the heart of Aspen’s downtown area.

In July, two other great trail events in Aspen/Snowmass are the Aspen BackCountry Marathon and Heavy Half and Audi Power of Four Trail.


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