Event Date:

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Start/End Location:

Snowmass to Aspen

Registration Opens:

Early April

Presented By:

Aspen Parks & Recreation

GOLDEN LEAF | Sept 23, 2017 13.1 mile trail race with nearly 1000 ft of elevation gain from Snowmass to Aspen

Runners from across the US will descend upon Aspen, Colorado to participate in the much anticipated Golden Leaf Half Marathon.  Chosen by Trail Runner Magazine as one of “America’s 14 Most Scenic Races” and Colorado Runner Magazine as the “Best Half Marathon” in 2008, the Golden Leaf is one of the most beautiful foot races in the Rockies.  In the height of the picturesque fall colors of Colorado, reds, greens, and the famous gold’s of the Aspen Trees will guide runners on this challenging course from Snowmass to Aspen.  The course traverses the mountains of Snowmass and Aspen at breathtaking heights with fabulous mountain views.  The trail can be narrow and steep at times with elevation gains of 970 feet peaking at 9,400 feet in elevation. 

EVENT INFORMATION All you need to know.

Maximum Race Participation: 1000

Cost and Registration: Registration will be  $75.

(Cost includes lunch, raffle, awards & t-shirt )
Registration fills fast, if you do not get registered and it is full you might watch facebook for racers who will transfer their registration.

13.1 miles

Online Transfer: It is possible to transfer your registration through your active.com account if you used the active portal to pay for the initial registration. You will have to use the active.com procedures for doing so. once the person transferring in has accepted the transfer, that person will be charged the registration fee plus active.com’s fee. The person transferring out will be refunded by active.com for the registration fee, less the $15 transfer fee.

The City of Aspen has set up a Facebook page to help people hook up for registration transfers.

The new participant will have to reimburse the original participant for any race fees. Refunds will not be issued by the race organizer.

PLEASE NOTE: The race organizers have the right to disqualify any participant attempting to sell or buy entry (via transfer) into the race at a price higher than the original purchase price. These participants will also be prevented from entering future Golden Leaf Half Marathons. Please read waiver agreement when signing up.

Getting Here:

Directions to Race Start

From Hwy 82, turn south on Brush Creek Rd towards Snowmass Village. Follow Brush Creek Rd until you hit the Main Bus Stop in Snowmass Village. The Snowmass Village Mall is on the same level as the bus stop. Follow the mall to the end. There will be signs directing you to the Westin Snowmass Overlook Room (formerly the Silvertree Hotel) where registration, bib pick-up, etc. is located. The actual starting line is out on the ski area slopes at the end of the mall.

Directions to Race Finish (From Snowmass Village)

Follow Hwy 82 into Aspen where it becomes Main Street. Before the first of 4 consecutive traffic lights (just after the Molly Gibson Lodge and before Paepcke Park) turn right on Garmisch St. The race finish is at Koch Park which is on the fourth block on your right.

Commuter Connect

Find carpool partners: www.commuterconnect.net

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The Registration Fee for the Aspen Backcountry Marathon 2017 and Half Marathon goes up in 5 days - this race is 6 weeks prior to the Golden Leaf Half Marathon and would be a great training race - similar altitude, beautiful views, and spectacular single track. Aspen Parks & Recreation Aspen Special Events Aspen Backcountry Marathon Aspen Trailheads ... See MoreSee Less

The Registration fee for the Aspen Backcountry Marathon 2017 goes up in FIVE days (May 1st) - don't miss out on the low rate. bit.ly/2ibplat www.aspenbackcountrymarathon.com

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Registration opens today 4/20 at Noon Mountain Time www.goldenleafrace.com/registration/

1. Create an active.com profile prior to registration opening
2. Be ready to register at noon Mountain Time – using the link above
3. Once you have entered the active.com portal, you are in the queue and will have 15 minutes to complete the registration process. After 15 minutes, your spot is no longer guaranteed.
4. If you receive an “On HOLD” message, this means the queue is currently full (460 have entered the portal) – and you cannot enter the website unless someone does not finish their registration process or exceeds 15 minutes. Continue to check back.
5. Have everyone in your party register only themselves for a faster registration process.

Race Registration will close once the 460 person spots have been taken. Including the early registrants from last year’s race, the total race participation will be 1000 people. Last year this happened within 2 hours of the start of race registration. It should take less time this year. Once the cap has been reached, race registration is available through transfer only (please see below). A waiting list will not be taken. Ute Mountaineer City of Aspen Government Aspen Parks & Recreation
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