Saturday, January 9, 2021 • Arvada, CO • Course Map
Set for its seventh annual running along the Van Bibber Creek Trail near the city of Arvada, the All-Out Polar Prowl Half Marathon is the first in a series of nine half marathons, 10Ks and 5K races that run throughout the Denver area each year.
One of the area’s smaller running events — last year’s Polar Prowl saw 430 runners cross the finish line in all three distances combined — the race is run through a park that’s known for its biking and hiking trails, and also features a few lakes and plentiful rolling hills.
Runners start the race just above Soda Lakes on the western side of the park, near the Indian Paintbrush Campground and Soda Lake Stable. From there, they’ll follow largely a counter-clockwise loop route around the park, including stretches past the Fox Hollow and Homestead golf courses, as well as along the edge of Bear Creek Lake.
The course’s biggest hills occur between miles 2 and 3 and then again between miles 8 and 9, as runners will be running the same hills in the opposite direction. The course features an overall elevation drop between the start and the half-way point, elevation that you’ll gain again as you’re running the second half.
Even though you’re only a handful of miles away from downtown Denver, the scenery within the park makes you feel a long way away from the city, according to visitors who’ve stayed and camped there.
Organizers say the race is run on a combination of asphalt and concrete, and that they’ll cordon off a section of the shoulder with cones for the running lane.
Race Weather & Climate
Set along the edge of the front range of the Rockies just to the southwest of Denver, Arvada typically sees very cold January weather, as average temperatures here during the month range from the mid-teens to the high 40s.
On race day (Jan. 9), the average low is 15ºF and the average high is 46ºF.
- 2020 Polar Prowl Half Marathon Results
- 2019 Polar Prowl Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Polar Prowl Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Polar Prowl Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Polar Prowl Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Polar Prowl Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Polar Prowl Half Marathon Results
- 9:00 AM – half marathon
- 9:10 AM – 10K
- 9:20 AM – 5K
- $55 – $80 for the half marathon
- $35 – $60 for the 10K
- $25 – $50 for the 5K
Prices subject to increase, check race website for full pricing
To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of Arvada’s All-Out Polar Prowl Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at imATHLETE.com here.
Official Race Website
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