Sunday, May 26, 2019 • Laramie, WY • Course Map
Part of a day filled with running events that include a 5K Walk/Run, a 13.1-mile half marathon, a 26.2-mile full marathon and a 50K ultramarathon, the Wyoming Marathon Races offers a series of hilly, challenging runs that will test the abilities of every runner thinking of signing up.
The half-marathon portion of the event, called the Medicine Bow Half Marathon thanks to its location in Wyoming’s Medicine Bow National Forest, shares the same starting line and time as the full and ultra marathons, and is run along a course made up of mostly dirt and gravel roads.
Runners thinking of signing up for this event need to be ready for a high-altitude run — the elevation at the starting line, the Lincoln Monument Rest Area (#323) on Interstate 80, is 8,700 feet above sea level, and the course never drops to an elevation below 8,000 feet throughout the duration of the race.
After the start, the race begins a long, gently sloping downhill stretch for the next 4.5 miles before rising again back up to about 8,450 feet at the turnaround point for the half-marathon.
Past participants describe the race as uniquely beautiful, with the starting line sometimes being covered in misty mountain fog.
Along the course, runners hear the waters of mountain streams and see the monolithic rock formations in the surrounding forests, in addition to the Veedauwoo found throughout the course.
Race Weather & Climate
Located just to the northeast of Cheyenne in the southeastern corner of the state, Laramie tends to see mild to still-cold weather conditions in the late spring. May has brought record temperatures here as low as 11 degrees (in 1979) and as high as 88 degrees (in 2002).
Race day (May 26) temperatures:
- Average low: 36ºF
- Average high: 65ºF
- 7:00 AM – half marathon, full marathon, 50K
- 8:00 AM – 5K
- $60 for the half marathon, if registered before the race weekend
To reserve your spot in any of the races at the 2019 running of Laramie’s Wyoming Marathon Races, register online at RaceEntry.com here.
Official Race Website
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