Date: Sep 17, 2022
Location: Aspen, Colorado
Region: Aspen/Snowmass - Colorado - Rocky Mountains
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Golden Leaf Half Marathon
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 event this year, set for September in Aspen, Colorado, 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 the magnificent scenery of Aspen and the famous colors of the fall season. With elevation gains of 970 feet peaking at 9,400 feet in elevation, the course is both challenging and stunningly scenic.
Details of event 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 event or race day morning. Participation includes awards and raffle, cash prizes given away at the post-race Awards Ceremony which includes lunch from Slow Groovin BBQ.
Aspen, Colorado is a beautiful mountain resort town that has many events all year long. 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 have option of camping or staying at RV Park nearby on Coulter Creek; Willows on Coulter Creek and RV Camp Site. To celebrate a successful trail run, participants and supports can try out several local restaurants in the area. Bosq and Betula are fine dining options in the heart of Aspen’s downtown area.