Registration is now open!
First 250 to register get a FREE technical training shirt. For everyone else, they will be available online for purchase ($15). These short sleeve tees are well designed and very comfortable.
At all of our races we designate an official race hike. If you complete the hike within 72 hours of finishing the race and send us a picture of you at the summit with your bib and finisher medal, you are inducted into that hike’s “club” and get 50% OFF next year’s race entry! This is one of the ways we challenge our runners to get out there and explore the beauty of the park. It would be a shame to come all the way just to run a race in a beautiful place without experiencing some of that beauty up close.
Last year we had The Continental Divide Club - a hike up Hallett Peak. This was a big challenge, for sure. These hikes are not to be treated lightly. This year, we are keeping The Continental Divide Club hike for those who want to attempt it, but we are also introducing a second club hike: The Chasm Lake Club. Chasm Lake is a beautiful crater lake along the Longs Peak trail. The hike is 8.4 miles roundtrip with a total elevation gain of 2,450 feet. Hikers should leave early in the morning to avoid crowds and afternoon thunderstorms. We will post more details about the hike soon, but in the meantime just know you now have two options. Which club are you going to join?
We are also introducing another new challenge: The Trifecta Challenge. The Rocky Mountain Trifecta is comprised of 3 different activities. You must complete all 3 in order to complete the Trifecta. Same rules apply: take your picture at each of the 3 with your bib and finisher medal and send them to us 72 hours after finishing the race. Those who complete the Trifecta will receive 20% OFF next year’s race entry!
The Trifecta is meant to be challenging, but less strenuous. These are iconic activities inside the park that should be experienced, but are doable with children. A more family friendly challenge, I guess. A sort of activity scavenger hunt. The 3 activities that makeup the Trifecta are:
1) Hike around Bear Lake – Bear Lake is beautiful, and incredibly easy to get to. You drive to the Bear Lake parking lot and it is a 1/4 mile to a beautiful view of the lake and Hallett Peak. The hike around the lake is beautiful and easily can be done with children. Those attempting the Hallett Peak hike will start at Bear Lake.
2) Alberta Falls – A beautiful waterfall inside the park.
3) Drive Trail Ridge Road – Trail Ridge Rd is an incredible byway that goes from Estes Park to Grand Lake, crosses the continental divide, climbs above the tree line, and offers incredible views. Our challenge to you is to drive to the top of Trail Ridge Rd and to make the short hike to the tallest peak.
Again, we will post more details on each of these soon, but for now we just want you to be aware of these awesome and fun challenges and we hope you make them a part of your vacation.
Although the course is not inside Rocky Mountain National Park, it is an absolutely beautiful course through Estes Park with breathtaking views of The Rockies. The course will be almost identical to last year’s course (read the description here) with some minor changes to the finish. This course is challenging, but you’re going to love it.
Check out this video of last year’s race to get an idea of what the course looks like.
All of our races are CUP FREE. We’ve posted in detail about this before, but the long short of it is that there are no cups on our course. We have plenty of id stations, but no cups. Runners are encouraged to carry a hydration system with them, either the hydrapouch which we will provide for you, or your own system (camelbak, water bottle, etc.).
The result is an awesome race experience. No clutter, no mess, no trash, no slipping on smashed cups, no hassle. We think cup free racing is the way to go.
There are a lot of policies and registration details we want you to be aware of. Do we have a killer refund policy? Why yes we do. Can you transfer a registration to another race? You sure can. Can we register as teams? We encourage it. Is there a team discount? You bet your sweet half marathon running can there is! Be sure to familiarize yourself with all of our procedures and policies by reading about them here.
Another thing to be aware of is that we will be doing team registrations a little differently this year. We offer a $10 discount to runners who register as a team. However, you need 6 people to qualify as a team and to therefore qualify for the discount. So what we are doing this year is you sign up as a team, business as usual. However you will be charged the FULL AMOUNT of registration. Once you have all 6 members of your team registered then each member will automatically be refunded $10. Make sense? We are ironing out the details on getting our system to perform that function properly. We will let you know more details before registration opens.
ALL IS WELL!! We worked out the course hiccups and have a few surprises for you all! First things first: we are getting our countdown to registration underway. We have 5 things we want you to know before registering for the race. Each day we will post about one of them and give away a free registration. Follow us on Facebook to catch all the action!
The first thing to know is the start time is 6:00 AM! A lot of people were surprised at how early the race started, but everyone commented afterwards how much they loved it. Avoid the heat, get an early start, finish and still have the rest of the day to recover and enjoy!
We have run into a few unexpected hurdles while trying to get final course approval that we are working on overcoming. Nothing major, but we want to get all our ducks in a row before we launch registration. So we have pushed registration back a week. The NEW date for opening registration is going to be NOVEMBER 24, 2013.
Send us good vibes and all that while we work to get things sorted out. We will keep you all posted. Thanks!
In the meantime, check out this word cloud we put together when we asked our runners what their favorite things were from the inaugural race.
Our final infographic looks at some of the things our runners thought we did exceptionally well, and those things they were dissatisfied with. We are extremely proud of our course, our staff, and the experience we create for our runners. 99% said they would recommend the Rocky Mountain Half! That’s great, but we want you all to know how much we value your feedback. Those areas where we fall short are definitely things we are aware of and will be focusing on to improve the race experience next year.