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Colorado > Glenwood Canyon Shuffle Race for Literacy Half Marathon & 5K
Glenwood Springs, CO



Saturday, October 2, 2010

Event Details

Open to both runners and walkers, the annual Glenwood Canyon Shuffle Race for Literacy takes participants along the bike paths that wind through the beautifully mountainous and scenic Glenwood Canyon area just east of the town of Glenwood Springs, Colo. Carved over time by the Colorado River, the canyon stretches about 16 miles through the Rocky Mountains, and runners can expect to see sheer cliffs on both sides of the course as well as smaller canyons and creeks that branch off from the main path along the run.

Participants begin the race by parking at the No Name Rest Area off Interstate 70 just east of Glenwood Springs, where they board the buses that will transport them to the starting line further up in Glenwood Canyon. From the starting line, the course winds through the rocky-faced canyon walls along the bike path, as the canyon walls reach over 1,000 feet above the trail in some spots. Though the course has often seen windy conditions in past years, that doesn't take away from the beauty of the route, which has been called one of the most scenic sections of the U.S. Interstate Highway system anywhere in the country.

Those interested in either running or walking the race need to be aware that is a high-elevation run, as the canyon elevation ranges from about 6,200 feet above sea level at its start near the Colorado town of Dotsero to its lowest point, about 5,800 feet above sea level near Glenwood Springs. The race starting time is 9:00 AM, and the event is run as a benefit for the local Literacy Outreach nonprofit organization, which provides adult literacy and training services in Colorado's Garfield County, where Glenwood Springs lies.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled high up in the Colorado Rockies, just over 160 miles west of Denver and about 88 miles east of Grand Junction, the town of Glenwood Springs typically sees mild to moderately cool weather conditions in the early fall, with relatively low precipitation amounts. In September, average monthly temperatures range between 79F and 43F, with precipitation amounts that average around 1.71 inches for the month.


$25 per person for the half marathon
$50 for half-marathon relay teams
$15 for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the fall 2010 running of the half marathon at Colorado's Glenwood Shuffle Race for Literacy, register online at Active.com.



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