September 23rd, 2017
Come celebrate fall in the mountains with a trail running challenge! An exciting day of festival fun and adventure on the trails near Eagle, Colorado. With the start/finish line right in the heart of Eagle’s new fall festival, Septemberfest, friends and family can enjoy themselves while you push yourself in the rugged mountain race. After testing yourself on the trails relax with a beer, hot meal, or just sit and listen to live music. Racers can choose from a Half Marathon, Trail Marathon or 50K.
The host hotel for the weekend will be the AmericInn in Eagle, be sure to mention the race to receive a special rate. Our packet pickup and start/finish area will be well provided for by our awesome sponsors – Color Coffee Roasters and Bonfire Brewing.
DetailsIn order to be environmentally friendly and cut down on the amount of trash we produce, we will not have cups at the aid stations. So, please carry a water bottle or a collapsible cup on the course.
Finisher’s mementos will be handed to you as you cross the finish line and awards will be given out at ceremonies in the heart of the Septemberfest at specified times (see schedule for times). Don’t miss out on a chance to win raffle prizes and socialize with other runners.
Customized cowbell awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each race in each of the following age groups:
60 and over
Racers will receive customized dog tag finisher’s awards as they cross the finish line. Placer’s awards will be distributed at the awards ceremony Saturday night. Awards and mementos will not be mailed after the event.
All registered racers will get a free beer from Bonfire Brewery and entry into Septemberfest.
This year’s host hotel will be the AmericInn in Eagle, CO.
Address: 85 Pond Rd, Eagle, CO 81631
Phone: (970) 328-5155
Tell them you are with the Mountain RATS race for a discount.
Start/Finish Area and Parking
Color Coffee Roasters (717 Sylvan Lake Rd, Eagle, CO 81631) will host the packet pick-up. The start/finish line will be on the grass next to the store in the heart of the Septemberfest celebration. Your race number and packet will also be available at this location Friday night and Saturday morning.
Parking will be on the streets near the start/finish and surrounding the Septemberfest.
Weather in Eagle can vary. The averages for late September are a low of 38F and a high of 72F degrees.
There will be emergency vehicles throughout the event and all necessary materials to nurse any bumps, cuts, bruises, or blisters will be at the start/finish area. In addition, a certified Emergency Medical Technician will be in attendance. Aid stations will NOT have aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAIDs.
Federal, State, and County laws and ordinances must be followed at all times.
Staying on Course
Racers must stay on the designated course. Any racer that goes off the designated course (i.e. shortcutting) will result in a disqualification.
In the case of unforeseeable circumstances due to weather or other extenuating circumstances that prevents the safe continuation of the race, race officials may end the race at any given time. This rule will be implemented in the most extreme cases for the safety of the runners or officials.
The Mountain RATS courses will be challenging, beautiful, and almost all dirt.
50K course 34.8 miles with ~7000′ of climbing
Marathon course 26.2 miles with ~5000′ of climbing
Half Marathon course 14.4 miles with ~3000′ of climbing
We will have five aid stations located throughout the 50K course, four for the marathon and three for the half (at approximately five-mile intervals).
Aid Stations will have: gels, potato chips, peanut butter and jelly rolls, chocolate, bananas, ice water and Tailwind Endurance Fuel hydration.
For environmental reasons cups will not be provided at the aid stations.
Aid stations will NOT have aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAIDs.
5:00-7:00 pm– Race day registration and packet pick up at Color Coffee Roasters
6:00-7:45 am– Race day registration and packet pick-up at start line (Color Coffee Roasters)
7:30 am– Marathon/50K race start
8:00 am– Half Marathon start
11:00 am– Half Marathon awards and raffle prizes at Color Coffee Roasters
5:30 pm– Marathon/50K cut-off
6:00 pm– Marathon/50K awards and raffle prizes at Color Coffee Roasters
Cost per person:
Early (until April 1st)
Half Marathon – $60
Trail Marathon – $80
50K – $85
Standard (until July 1st)
Half Marathon – $70
Trail marathon – $90
50K – $95
Late (until September 20th)
Half Marathon – $80
Trail Marathon – $100
50K – $105
Half Marathon – $90
Trail Marathon – $110
50K – $115
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. All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.