Colorado > Taste of Louisville Half Marathon & 5K
Louisville, CO • Saturday, June 7, 2014 • Course Map
Filled with nearly 30 miles of paved running, jogging and walking trails and framed by the dramatic beauty of the Rocky Mountains off in the distance, this small northern Colorado city plays host in the early summer to the Taste of Louisville Half Marathon, 5K & Kids Run, which saw more than 520 runners cross the finish line at its 3rd annual running in 2012.
Once a rough mining town back in the 1870s, Louisville today is a sought-after residential suburb of nearby Denver and Boulder, and even was rated the number 1 best place to live in Money Magazine's 2009 list of America's best small towns.
Its family-friendly downtown district plus its usually clear, dry weather has played a big role in that, in addition to its proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park and several world-class ski resorts like Vail, Breckenridge and others just a few hours away.
Runners start the roughly out-and-back course for the half marathon -- it's not really an out-and-back course, but the start and finish lines lie just blocks from one another -- near Pirates Park and Louisville Middle School at 8:00 AM, along East Lafayette Street. From there, runners next head south along Main Street toward Bella Vista Drive, where they meet up with the trails for which the city is famous.
The course unfolds along a slightly downhill slope for the first mile, and then starts a gradual uphill for the next three miles after runners pass the mile 1 marker along Roosevelt Avenue. Once runners head off Roosevelt and onto the trails that lead into Dutch Creek Park, they'll remain on those trails for roughly the next five miles, as they make a loop around the park and into the residential areas just north of Dillon Road and Cherry Street.
The trails bring runners across Polk Avenue and into Louisville's Heritage Park between the 4 and 5 mile markers, a stretch that begins another long, gradual downhill slope that lasts for about the next three miles. Runners hit the next significant hill only after they've exited the park and crossed Empire Road to pass the mile 7 marker, where the course elevation rises between miles 7 and 8 and then starts downhill again for the next few miles as runners make their way into Coal Creek Open Space Park.
The course then heads through the northern end of the park and follows the trail as it winds its way eastward out toward South Public Road, which runners cross and then continue on along the trail for a short stretch before hitting the turnaround point between miles 9 and 10.
Once there, runners then turn around and head back along the route they've just run, all the way back to Bella Vista Drive, where they turn right and head into the finish line along Main Street.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in central northern Colorado, just over 10 miles southeast of Boulder and roughly 23 miles northwest of Denver, Louisville typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in June, a month that has brought record temperatures as low as 30 degrees (in 1987) and as high as 103 degrees (in 1994).
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See the race route map for the Taste of Louisville Half Marathon
8:00 AM - half marathon
8:15 AM - 5K
$60 for the half marathon, for pre-registered runners
$70 at the race packet pickup and on the day of the race
To reserve your spot in the late spring/early summer 2014 running of Louisville's Taste of Louisville Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at Active.com.
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