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Colorado > The Better 1/2 Half Marathon & 5-Mile Run
Gateway, CO



Saturday, March 19, 2011

Event Details

Featuring a point-to-point course that follows scenic Highway 141 along the Dolores River Valley in the western edge of Colorado's canyon country, Gateway Canyons' The Better 1/2 Half Marathon and Five-Mile Run offers both an smaller-size race field and some of the most spectacular views you'll find along any half-marathon race course in the country.

Runners will trek along the highway between wind-swept canyon walls colored with every shade of red and earth tone as they make their way north from the starting line 13.1 miles south of Gateway Canyons resort all the way up through the canyons and along the river back to the resort area.

Run entirely on paved surfaces -- in contrast to the area's summertime 4th of July Half Marathon & 5K, which is run mostly on dirt roads -- the Better Half takes runners from the starting line near Blue Creek Canyon and runs north, up through Cottonwood Canyon, Larsen Canyon and Cave Canyon, staying on Highway 141 throughout. Runners should expect a number of rolling hills along the course, though no major changes in elevation -- the race starts at about 4,700 feet above sea level and ends at about 4,550 feet above sea level.

Along the way, runners may encounter cars occasionally along the highway, as the road will remain open to traffic during the race -- though organizers add that the highway usually experiences little traffic -- so runners are asked to run in single file during the race, especially whenever they approach oncoming traffic. There are also occasional cattle guards along the course, which will be covered with rubber mats during the race.

One of Colorado's smaller road race events, the Better 1/2 saw just under 85 runners cross the finish line in both races combined at the event's 2008 running, with 73 runners participating in the half marathon.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled among the gorgeous red rock canyons of westernmost Colorado, just a few miles from the border with Utah and nearly a two-hour drive south from Grand Junction, Gateway typically experiences chilly to mild weather conditions in the spring, and relatively low precipitation year-round. In March, average monthly temperatures range between 59°F and 34°F, while precipitation amounts average around 1.17 inches for the month.


$40 for the half marathon, if registered before February 23, 2011
$45 after Feb. 23


To reserve your spot in the spring 2011 running of Gateway Canyon's The Better 1/2 Half Marathon & 5K, register online at Active.com.



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