Do not be misled by the name but this is the Slacker Half Marathon/4M Race! It is the highest downhill half marathon in the country---- beginning at 10,630 feet and traveling over a rolling hill descent to 8400 feet! The half marathon begins at Loveland Ski Area and travels the first five miles through a Forest Service area of wetlands and natural waterfalls on a non-motorized paved bike path built to sustain the weight of an ambulance! The second 4.4 miles travel from Bakerville to Silver Plume along a paved frontage road with amazing views of the Continental Divide and mining remnants. The last portion of the trail & the 4-Mile race travels from Silver Plume to Georgetown on a paved bike trail (and paved road) with scenic views of the Georgetown Loop Railroad and the largest Bighorn Sheep herd in the State! The race ends in downtown Georgetown where there are more freebies than you know what to do with! [courtesy of Slacker Home Page]
I've ran this race twice before. It is so much fun! It starts at a high altitude (gasping for A-I-R) with cool mountain breezes. Hopefully all the snow is gone (yes we still have snow). All downhill and brutal on the legs, but they have beer and garden gnomes at the end. Yes, Garden Gnomes! The last year I did this race, they gave away solar ones. Great race and tons of prizes.
I just had to include this clip cuz it's so DARN CUTE!
Have a great weekend!