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Estes Park Marathon

Estes Park, CO

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, June 18, 2017
2016: Sunday, June 19, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Very Hilly
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 62°F (16°C)
Average High: 75°F (23°C)
Average Low: 48° F (8°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 85.11
Course Score: 85.78

Race Size

2016: 93 Finishers
2015: 103 Finishers
2014: 158 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 0%
2015: 1.9%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

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.

Marathon Rankings

The Estes Park Marathon was the 420th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 395th 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 442nd highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 85.78 ranks it as the 426th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 7th 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 426th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 7th fastest in Colorado.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 8156 feet (2486m)
Min Elevation: 7427 feet (2264m)


Ratings & Reviews: None

Finish Time Equivalent

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