reid_delman@geminiadventures.com Endurance Races in Beautiful Places

Overview

Fruita, CO
April 17-19, 2015

“This was my first ultra and I was very impressed with the course, organization and event staff.”

“I have [already recommended this race], did by myself the first year, had group of 8 this year!”

“This was the first trail-running half marathon for which I’d signed up and I loved my experience. I plan to do the full marathon next year.”

“Scenery is amazing and it’s a great way to celebrate spring and running season.”

A weekend of fun and running on the beautiful trails near Fruita, Colorado. The weekend includes a pasta dinner, Trail Marathon, 50K, Double Marathon races and awards party on Saturday, and 5 mile and half marathon races on Sunday.

Details

In order to be environmentally friendly and cut down on the amount of trash we produce, we will no longer have cups at the aid stations. So, please carry a water bottle or a collapsible cup on the course.

Pasta Dinner

Friday night’s pasta dinner will run from 7:00-8:00 location TBA. The cost is $12 with early registration and $15 after April 1st. Family and friends are welcome at the same price. There will be a limited number of dinners available to purchase on the night of the event so reserve your meal early.

Awards/Party

The awards ceremony for the Marathon/50K/Double races will be at 8:30 pm on Saturday location TBA in Fruita. There will be appetizers and beer . Don’t miss the opportunity to socialize with other racers and win raffle prizes.There will be a $100 cash prize for the women’s and men’s overall winners of the Double Marathon. There will also be $100 cash premiums in the first 2 miles of the Marathon/50K/Double races for men and women.

Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each race in each of the following age groups:

under 20

20-29

30-39

40-49

50-59

60 and over

Finisher’s mementos will be given to all finishers as they cross the finish line. Placer’s awards will be istributed at the awards ceremony Saturday night. Awards and mementos will not be mailed after the event.

Start/Finish Area and Parking

The Start/Finish lines will be at the Mack trailhead on the Kokopelli trail just west of Fruita, Colorado, at exit #11 off I-70. The start time for the Double Marathon, 50K and Marathon races is Saturday at 6:30 a.m. and the start on Sunday will be at 7:00 am for the half marathon and 5 mile races. Parking will be very limited and car pooling is strongly recommended. We may need to divert some traffic to an alternate parking lot—please plan to arrive at least one hour prior to your start time to allow time for this, if required. Your race number and packet will also be available at the Start/Finish line beginning at 5:00 a.m. on race day.

Accommodations

This year’s host hotel is the Holiday Inn Grand Junction Airport.  2751 Crossroads Blvd  Grand Junction ,  Colorado   81506  Book online or call: 1 888 HOLIDAY (1 888 465 4329)

Course

These are challenging courses. The Marathon will be a single loop connecting the desert trails of Kokopelli and adjacent trails. The course rolls between elevations of 4,500 and 5,400 feet with over 3,400 feet of climbing per marathon loop.

Aid Stations

We will have five aid stations located throughout the course, at approximately five-mile intervals (one gap is 7 miles). The 50K will be the marathon course plus additional trails with six aid stations. The Double Marathon course will repeat the Marathon course in the opposite direction, and runners will have a total of nine aid stations. For environmental reasons cups will not be provided at the aid stations.

Saturday Aid Stations: Hammer Gel, potato chips, peanut butter and jelly, chocolate, bananas, ice water and Hammer HEED

Additional food will be available at the turnaround/finish line (if racers need additional food on the course, they are advised to carry it with them).

Sunday Aid Stations: candy, potato chips, Hammer Gels, ice water and Hammer Heed on Sunday.

Double Marathon cut-offs:
Turnaround (26.2)- 1:00pm
Troybuilt (32.5)- 3:15pm
Crossroads (39.2)- 4:30pm
Moore Fun (46.5)- 6:15pm

Runners registered for the Double Marathon must complete the first Marathon loop in six and a half hours in order to begin the second half of the race. If a Double Marathoner drops out at the Marathon turnaround they will receive an official Marathon time. Runners have until 7:30 p.m. to complete all course.

 

50K Course

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Marathon course

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Marathon Profile

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(This is the general shape of the profile but has not been updated to reflect trail reroutes. There are approximately 1.5 additional miles spread throughout the course)

The 5 mile course is approximately half dirt road and half technical trail. Both races run out to a beautiful overlook and around scenic canyons. The short course is exactly 5.6 miles and the half marathon course is approximately 13.8 miles.
5 mile

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Half Marathon

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Half Marathon Profile

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Schedule

Friday

5:00-7:00 pm- Race day registration and packet pick up at Holiday Inn Grand Junction

7:00- 8:00 pm- Pasta dinner – Holiday Inn

8:00-8:30 pm- Optional pre-race meeting – Holiday Inn

Saturday

5:00 am- Race day registration and packet pick-up at start line

6:30 am- Marathon/50K/Double race start

1:00 pm- Double Marathon turnaround cut-off

7:30 pm- Marathon/50K/Double cut-off

8:30 pm- Awards/raffle prizes/party-location TBA

Sunday

5:30 am- 5 mile/half marathon race day registration and packet pick-up at starting line

7:00 am- 5 mile/half marathon start

10:00 am- awards/door prizes at starting line

 

Friday

5:00-7:00 pm- Race day registration and packet pick up at Holiday Inn Grand Junction

7:00- 8:00 pm- Pasta dinner – Holiday Inn

8:00-8:30 pm- Optional pre-race meeting – Holiday Inn

Saturday

5:00 am- Race day registration and packet pick-up at start line

6:30 am- Marathon/50K/Double race start

1:00 pm- Double Marathon turnaround cut-off

7:30 pm- Marathon/50-K/Double cut-off

8:30 pm- Awards/raffle prizes/party-location TBA

Sunday

6:00 am- 5 mile/half marathon race day registration and packet pick-up at starting line

7:00 am- 5 mile/half marathon start

10:00 am- awards/door prizes at starting line

Registration

Cost per person:

Early (until January 1st)

5 mile – $30

Half Marathon – $65

Trail Marathon – $90

50K – $95

Double Marathon -$100

Standard (until March 15th)

5 mile – $40

Half Marathon – $75

Trail marathon – $100

50K – $105

Double Marathon – $110

Late (until April 15th)

5 mile – $50

Half Marathon – $85

Trail Marathon – $110

50K – $115

Double Marathon – $120

Race Weekend  

5 mile – $60  

Half Marathon – $95

Trail Marathon – $120

50K – $125

Double Marathon – $130

Pasta dinner fees: $12 early and $15 at the door, if available.  (post race party is FREE).

Entry fees include: place winner awards, shirts (or other race memento), aid station goodies, a finisher’s memento and post-race refreshments.  Entry fee is non-refundable and nontransferable.

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