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Colorado > 9/11 Remembrance Run Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Arvada, CO  •  Saturday, September 8, 2012  •  Course Map

Run in conjunction with the annual Arvada Harvest Festival each September for the past four years, the 9/11 Remembrance Run is set to make its fifth annual running as summer is transitioning to fall in 2012, along an out-and-back route that keeps runners largely along the trails that run alongside Ralston Creek and Clear Creek in this city just outside Denver.

Organized by Homefront Heroes, a group that provides support to active duty U.S. military, veterans and their families, the race starts and finishes at Memorial Park, just a stone's throw from Olde Town Arvada, the city's historic district that's listed on the National Register of Historic Places. From there, the course takes runners first out along a roughly three-mile out-and-back stretch on Ralston Road, to the turnaround along West 57th Avenue and Field Street.

After making the loop there, runners then head back east along Ralston Road -- which, along with Ralston's Creek, was named for the Georgia prospector who was the first to discover gold here back in 1850. They rejoin the route they ran earlier back at Memorial Park, and then continue southeast on the paved trail that runs alongside Ralston's Creek, all the way south toward Denver, toward where Ralston's Creek and Clear Creek meet.

Here, runners will cross over what is perhaps the most scenic part of the race, the bridge known as the Gold Strike Park Pedestrian Bridge. This cable-stayed bridge spans roughly 400 feet and ferries runners from the Ralston's Creek to the Clear Creek trail segment of the race, where they'll continue heading southwest along the creekside trail all the way down to the second turnaround point of the race at Anderson Park. Once they make the turnaround there, runners then head back northeast along Clear Creek, back up to the Gold Strike Park bridge for a second run across.

The last stretch of the half marathon brings runners gradually uphill for the last two miles of the race, which unfold through Creekside Park back to Memorial Park, where runners will cross the race finish line on Marilyn Jean Drive. Both races take runners along the parade route for the Arvada Harvest Festival Parade -- which commemorates the building of the first paved route between Arvada and Denver -- and they'll be able to take in any of the festival events after the post-race expo.

The scheduled starting time for the race is 8:00 AM, and all three races are open to both runners and walkers -- entrants may also bring their pets and baby strollers, organizers add.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled along the front range of the Rocky Mountains in central Colorado, about 12 miles northwest of downtown Denver, Arvada typically sees September temperatures that average between 79°F and 44°F, while precipitation amounts average just under 1.2 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Sept. 8), the average high is 81°F and the average low is 46°F.

Course Map

View the race route map for the 9/11 Remembrance Run Half Marathon


$40 for the half marathon, if registered by August 1, 2012
$45 between Aug. 2 - 14
$50 between Aug. 15 - 28
$55 between Aug. 29 - September 6


To reserve your spot in the early fall 2012 running of Arvada's 9/11 Remembrance Run Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at RunningGuru.com.

Official Race Website


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