We run the Aspen Backcountry Marathon
Race Report: Aspen Backcountry Marathon
A fairly tough race with some major climbs. The course is generally single track with lots of shade. The section which crosses the meadow is fully exposed and is in a long stretch between two aid stations. We made the mistake of not carrying enough water and we learned our lesson.
The course alternates direction every year and often includes small changes.
The year we ran … The first 3 miles were flat, or perhaps gently downhill. Then comes the first major climb, which is steep and longer than the second. Once at about 10,000 feet, there is a very runnable section followed by a downhill that dumps you into a large meadow. Once across and meadow and back you start the second climb. A final downhill breaks into a flatter section for the last few miles.
Although a tough race the scenery makes it well worth doing.
Race Website: https://www.aspenspecialevents.com/backcountry-marathon/
Approximate gain: 3,806 feet
Approximate descent: 3,737 feet
Annie's Finishing Time: 7:18:11
Scott's Finishing Time: 7:06:27
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