Estes Park Marathon and Half Marathon 2021

Estes Park High School, 1600 Manford Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517, USA


We are back!  We are excited to bring this in person event back to beautiful Estes Park!  

We will be doing our part to follow Covid mitigation protocols.  More on that below.  Related to these changes, we have replaced the 5K & 10K with the Longs Peak 5 Mile event!  This will take place on Saturday, June 19th!

Finisher medals for ALL events!

The MARATHON & HALF MARATHON courses start from the scenic Dao House on Hwy 7, and descend 1500ft within first 6.5 miles on mix of dirt trail, smooth surface road/pathways!

The Half Marathon will continue to descend directly to Lake Estes Trail for breath taking views of the Continental Divide.

The Marathon runners will travel on the Lake Estes Trail and run the Dry Gulch/Devil's Gulch loop, passing the historic Stanley Hotel.

As with all great journeys, the mountainous beauty will encourage you to overcome the physical and psychological challenges of the climbs and feel the thrill of several scenic downhills.Share the celebration and joy of running with us! Runner’s World magazine recommends this destination race, for a reason!

Marathon and Half Marathon important information:

Transportation to the start line: All participants are expected to take the shuttle from Estes Park High School to the start line at the Dao House.  There is no parking available near the start line.  

During registration, participants will choose their shuttle departure time.  The shuttle ride is about 25 minutes, upon arrival runners can use port-o-johns if needed, and then should proceed to the start corral.  We expect you can be out on the course within approximately 10 minutes of disembarking the shuttle bus.

There will not be a gear check in order to maintain health and safety protocols for runners, volunteers, and staff.

Bus departures begin at 4:30AM.  Please plan to be ready to board the bus 10 minutes prior to your departure time.  The schedule needs to be strictly adhered to.  For reference, your email confirmation will show the bus departure time you selected.  



The Estes Park Half Marathon is the first race in a series of three mountain location races- Estes Park, Georgetown/Idaho Springs, and Nederland, CO. Race all three Colorado events and challenge yourself for placement awards!


June 19th - Saturday

  • 8:00 a.m. - Longs Peak 5 Miler
  • 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - All Races Packet Pickup (Estes Park High School Commons)
  • 10:00 a.m. - Kids, kids, kids, fun, run, run !!(Estes Park Track & Field)

June 20th - Sunday

  • 4:00-7:00 a.m. - Packet Pickup for Marathon and Half Marathon
  • 4:15 a.m. - Shuttle transportaton will begin from Estes Park High School to the start line at the Dao House.  (There is no bus returning runners to the start line from the finish line.)
  • 5:00 a.m. - Start for WALKERS for the Estes Park Marathon & Half Marathon at the Dao House, time trial start format.  **Transportation details and schedule below.

FINISHER MEDALS for all participants.

Marathon & Half Marathon

  • Top Three Overall Male & Female
  • Top Two Male & Female Masters (40 yrs and older)
  • Top Three Male & Female in the following age groups: 19 & Under, 20 - 29, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50 - 59, 60 - 69, 70 & Up

Longs Peak 5 Mile

  • Top Three Overall Male & Female
  • Top Three Male & Female in the following age groups: 13 & Under, 14 - 16, 17 - 19, 20 - 29, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50 - 59, 60 & Over
  • No master division


7 hour course cut off time. The course will officially close at 1:00PM. All participants must forfeit bib at 1:00PM, if they have not finished. There are NO exceptions.

COVID Mitigation Protocols:

This means time trial starts - small groups, socially distanced, in the start corral.  We anticipate facial coverings to be required in all areas of the event until you cross the start line.  Once you are on course, you may remove the facial covering with the expectation that it will need to be put back on soon after you cross the finish line.  


The race weekend could always use your help and the help of your support crew. Let us know if you are able to be part of the team! Please Contact: