Starting at an elevation of 9,915’ and topping out at 13,183’ above sea level, the South Park Marathon is one of the highest marathons in Colorado. Run from the South Park Historical District all the way to the top of The Peerless Mine. Witness first hand the terrain prospectors experienced during the great Colorado Gold Rush as you pass raging creeks, spot historic mines, and scramble above tree line. It wouldn’t be a Human Potential Race without a few bonus miles.
Date: June 9, 2018
Distances: ~28 Miles & ~15 Miles (snow level dependant)
Marathon Elevation Gain/Loss: +4,420′ / -4,420′
Half Elevation Gain/Loss: +1,750′ / -1,750′
Start Time: 8:00am
Time Limit: 8 Hours (Both Races)
Location: Fairplay, CO
Start/Finish Location: Starts at South Park City / Finishes at the Town of Fairplay Beach
December 1 – December 3, 2017: $65
December 4, 2017 – February 28, 2018: $75
March 1, 2018 – June 1, 2018: $90
Race Day – $100 CASH ONLY (No Shirts, & Awards by limited availability only)
December 1 – December 3, 2017: $50
December 4, 2017 – February 28, 2018: $60
March 1, 2018 – June 1, 2018: $75
Race Day – $80 CASH ONLY (No Shirts, & Awards by limited availability only)
Online Registration Closes June 1, 2018
Those who register after May 29, 2018 are not guaranteed a race shirt or award.
Beginning in South Park City, this out-and-back course ascends and descends Peerless Mountain via 4-Mile Creek Road. Runners will ascend Peerless Mountain, passing Peerless Mine, to the highest extent which snow will safely allow us before returning to town. The race finishes at the Fairplay Town Beach. In the event of deep snow beyond Horseshoe Aid Station, please see our *Snow Course Information*
Marathon Aid Stations: There will be 4 aid stations on the course totaling 7 aid stops. Each aid station will be fully stocked with water, electrolyte drink, and assorted snacks. There will be no drop bag stations. Runners should plan to carry necessary gear for the entirety of their run. (Note: Coil Aid Station is water ONLY)
The Half Marathon route follows the same route as the Marathon’s first 7.5 miles before runners return back to town. Yes, the Half Marathon is 15 miles long. We call the ~2 extra miles “Bonus Miles” and they are FREE!
Half Marathon Aid Stations: There will be 2 aid stations on the course totaling 3 aid stops. The main “horseshoe” aid station at the turn-around will be fully stocked with water, electrolyte drink, and assorted snacks. The other aid station will be water only. There will be no drop bag stations. Runners should plan to carry necessary gear for the entirety of their run.
Crews: Due to access difficulty in the area, and in accordance with our permits for the event, there will be NO crew access on the course.
Parking: All runners and spectators must park at the designated parking locations ONLY. We ask that you NOT park on Main Street, Front Street or 4th Street in Fairplay. PLEASE ONLY PARK IN DESIGNATED AREAS. A map of these areas will be available closer to the race.
Pre-Race Check in: Packet and bib number Pick-Up Will take place from 6:30a-7:45a at South Park City in Fairplay, CO. All runners must check-in with race staff the morning of the run by 7:45AM. Runners not checked in by 7:45 AM will not be scored as official runners of the race.
Any additional race information, changes, and updates will be sent to registered entrants ONLY via e-mail communication.