Roaring Fork 100+
August 24| $20.00
This is the real deal, a legit mountain 100+ mile push! Starting at the top of Glenwood Canyon along the Colorado River, the course follows the Glenwood Canyon path as it twists and turns along the edge of the Colorado River for 15 miles before dropping racers into the town of Glenwood Springs. Racers stay left as they pass by the historic Glenwood Springs Resort before climbing a quick set of stairs, and crossing over the Colorado River. Pushing through historic downtown for 4 blocks, the course then turns right on 9th street for 3 more blocks before racers merge onto the Rio Grande Trail. This trail is a historic rail-to-trail path that winds “up valley” for 42 miles, terminating at Herron Park in Aspen.
After the descent along the Colorado River through Glenwood Canyon and into downtown Glenwood Springs, the real pushing begins. Racers start heading up valley on the Rio Grande Trail as it gently climbs up and away from the Roaring Fork River and out of Glenwood Springs. The path continues up valley through open meadows and farmland with spectacular views of Mt. Sopris (12,965′) as it heads towards Carbondale. Once racers reach Carbondale, they push through a small neighborhood before returning again to wide open spaces with a lush pine forest on one side and grand vistas across mountain meadows on the other. This section mellows out and allows for both pushing and pumping.
After crossing over Highway 82 near the town of Basalt, the course becomes more hilly and twisty, with small little climbs and descents followed by fun turns and corners. No footbraking is necessary. This section requires one to dig deep, however, as racers will be pushing at close to 9,000′ in elevation. The final hurdle before the turn-around is a 2 mile section of packed dirt. Here racers really need to dig deep as the dirt sucks all momentum out of the push. However, after this section racers are greeted with some butter smooth pavement for a final 2 miles along the sparkling Roaring Fork River, before reaching Herron Park. This is the turn-around!
From Herron Park racers return back down to Glenwood Springs along the Rio Grande Trail, enjoying the super fun pumping, coasting, and carving sections. It’s not all downhill, however, and racers will test their strength and willpower to keep the momentum going on this final 42 mile return trip. Once in Glenwood Springs, racers stay on the Rio Grande Trail and finish at it’s terminus in Two Rivers Park.
Currently no one has broken 9 hours on this course. Top finishers are expected to be able to finish the course in just over 9 hours, while others will probably take between 10-12 hours. There will be three aid stations on course: one located in Carbondale at mile 25 (going out) and mile 87 (coming back), and one located in Aspen at mile 55.
RULES: All IDSA Rules will be followed and enforced. Helmets are mandatory. Skateboards are mandatory.
PRIZES: Prizes will be given out for top finishers in the male and female categories.
SPECTATORS: Spectators are welcome along any part of the course. Outside aid assistance is allowed.