Colorado > Glenwood Springs Half Marathon & 10K
Glenwood Springs, CO • Saturday, August 16, 2014 • Course Map
Described as "brutal but beautiful" by the race organizers, the all-new Glenwood Springs Half Marathon & 10K makes its 4th annual running in 2014 along a winding, twisty uphill course that climbs more than 2,000 feet in elevation from the starting line at the Glenwood Springs Recreation Center to the top of Red Mountain, which lies just south of the city.
The race is part of a series of Colorado-based summertime running events put on by Endurance Event Management Group that also includes the Keystone Half Marathon as well as the Copper Mountain Half Marathon & 10K, both of which take place in early to mid-July and feature challenging, hilly race routes through Rocky Mountain ski resort towns.
For runners in the Glenwood Springs race, both the 13.1-mile half marathon and the 10K will start at 9:00 AM at the Glenwood Springs Parks & Recreation Department and Community Center on Wolfson Road, just across the river from Two Rivers Park, near the confluence of the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers. From there, runners will head first northwest along Wolfson to West Meadows, where they'll turn right for a brief stretch and then turn right again onto Midland Avenue.
Midland will bring runners east and south along largely flat terrain for about a mile as it curves alongside the riverbank, and then turn runners onto Red Mountain Drive, where they'll begin the long, steady uphill climb along the winding mountain road that takes them to the top of Red Mountain.
Get ready for lots of twists and turns as you follow the dirt roads and trails up the mountain at what the organizers say is an 8.5 percent grade, with gorgeous views of the mountain peaks all around.
Once runners make it to the top -- they'll start at an elevation of just over 5,700 feet and reach a peak of just over 8,200 feet at the highest point of the race -- they'll then make a quick loop and head back down the mountain, winding along the route they've just run, descending the trails and dirt roads all the way back down to the community center for the finish.
The return route isn't completely identical to the ascent -- the last mile takes runners along a trail that parallels Red Mountain Drive and Midland Avenue -- and runners will approach the center from the mountain side instead of the road side for the finish.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled in a valley in the Rocky Mountains of western Colorado, roughly 160 miles west of Denver, Glenwood Springs typically sees some of its warmest and driest weather of the year in August, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 28°F (in 2012) and as high as 100°F (in 2003).
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||Rain: 1.19 in.
See the race route map for the Glenwood Springs Half Marathon
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To reserve your spot in the summer 2014 running of the Glenwood Springs Half Marathon or 10K race, register online at Active.com.
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