Listed below are a few pieces of helpful info regarding the race. If you have additional questions, please contact us via email, or call (970) 429-2093.
Timing Chips/Race Bibs
Timing Chips are connected to your race bib. If you lose your bib, you lose your timing chip – there is no replacement chip available. It is the racer’s responsibility to keep track of their bib/timing chip. Please place your bib where it is visible to someone in front of you. This enables our staff to see the number when you cross the finish line.
Gear Bags/Clothing Bag Shuttle – There will be a free gear shuttle from the start of the race to the finish line. We recommend using your own day pack as that is usually easier to find at the finish line. We will have bags and markers available at the start however. Racers may drop off one bag per person to the vehicles located outside the Westin. Please tag your bag with your corresponding racer number or name. Must have a zipped closure.
Bib/Chip/ Packet Pick-up Times & Locations
Bibs, Chips & Goody bags (including t-shirts) can be picked up at the Ute Mountaineer on Wednesday 9/21 & Thursday 9/22 9am-8pm and Friday 9/23 9am-9:30pm. They can also be picked up race morning from 7-8:15am at the race start. The race start location remains the same. Race day packet pick-up will probably be in the Overlook Room of the Westin Snowmass resort just off the Snowmass Village Mall.
—-WE ENCOURAGE ALL PARTICIPANTS TO PICK UP THEIR PACKETS PRIOR TO RACE DAY—
2016 Wave Starts will be set by September 21st. WAVE ASSIGNMENTS ARE FINAL PLEASE DO NOT ASK TO CHANGE YOUR WAVE
Wave Assignments by last name
Due to the number of participants, 6 wave starts will be used. The waves will start 5 minutes apart: Wave 1 @ 8:30, Wave 2 @ 8:35, Wave 3 @ 8:40, Wave 4 @ 8:45, Wave 5 @ 8:50, Wave 6 @8:55. You can determine which wave you are in when you pick up your bib or check back here for wave postings on Wednesday, September 21st. Wave placement will be based on historical and estimated finish times. All registrations received after Sunday 9/6 may be placed in a later wave if other waves are full. Once waves are assigned, there will be no changes made. Historical Time: Previous Golden Leaf times will be used for wave placement unless the runner has not participated in this event before. Historical times will be looked at for all competitors.
Wave 1 Bib #’s 1-170 Start 8:30am
Wave 2 Bib #’s 171-340 Start 8:35am
Wave 3 Bib #’s 341-510 Start 8:40am
Wave 4 Bib #’s 511-680 Start 8:45am
Wave 5 Bib #’s 681-850 Start 8:50am
Wave 6 Bib #’s 851-1000 Start 8:55am
These numbers will allow Golden Leaf staff to place you in the correct start corral. YOU MUST START THE RACE FROM THE CORRECT START CORRAL. There will be signs for your bib #’s.
Cut-Off Times: As this is a RUNNING RACE, There are 3 cut-off time locations where runners will be asked to exit the race if they do not meet the given times: 1st Aid Station (1.75 mi.)=40min.; Where Government Trail leaves the Elk Camp Ski Area Rd(4 mi.)=1hr 10min; 3rdAid Station(10.5 mi.)=3 hours. If you do not achieve these times you will be asked to exit the race. Aid station locations and cut-off times/locations may change. Please check the website the week prior to the race.
Shuttles & Parking
Bus Service: Regular RFTA bus service runs all day long from Rubey Park Bus Station in Aspen to Snowmass Village at :15 & after the hour starting at 6:15am
Race Shuttles: Aspen’s Rubey Park (450 E Durant Ave) to Westin drop off entrance
RFTA BUSSES TAKE APPROX 25-30 minutes to get to Snowmass and may include a change of bus at Intercept lot
Parking in Snowmass:
Food Service at Race Finish: Lunch is available to race participants at the finish. Present your race bib. This will be hole-punched to allow one time access to food. Food service begins 10:30 – 10:45am
Gu/Bar/Etc. Wrappers: Wrappers from your energy bars & gels are not biodegradable, so please do not drop them on the trail. They also may carry germs as they have touched your mouth. Please place them in the garbage bags at the aid stations and not on the ground at the aid stations. Thanks.
Non-Racers: Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate everyone that was interested in running the Golden Leaf this year. It is possible that some of these people plan to run the course on race day. We have to discourage this. This is a big field (1000 ppl) and if a lot of people invite their friends to run with them, this could cause significant congestion. Thank you for your help in this matter.
Passing on the Course: The race course is mostly single track. Please be courteous and let a runner pass if they request to do so. If you use an iPod, do not play the music so loud that you can not hear other runners talking to you.
Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search & Rescue (CORSAR) Card
Pitkin County requires that all participants obtain a valid CORSAR card for the day of the event. These are available at the Ute Mountaineer and the Tenth Mountain Hut Association. Or they can be purchased online here.
This is a backcountry race. There are many obstacles including imbedded rocks, loose rocks and dirt, tree roots, exposure, water crossings and more. Please take care while crossing these obstacles as they can result in serious injury or worse. There is no guarantee of rescue or medical attention. Each participant is ultimately responsible for their own rescue and preparation for course and weather condition. This means carrying protective clothing in case of bad weather or injury. Rescue from an injury is not guaranteed and may be delayed due to other injuries or distance from medical personnel.
There are volunteer medical personnel on the course. This is supplied by Mountain Rescue Aspen. These volunteers will be either running the course, placed at aid stations and at the finish line. Assistance, if possible, may not be immediate, so you will need to be patient. If, unfortunately, you are injured on the course, we ask that you pass word on to an aid station via other runners or wait for assistance to come. If you’re injury allows you to hike out of the race or to continue following the course, you will be asked to do so. Remember, there may be a more serious injury on the course that becomes a higher priority for medical volunteers. If you decide to exit the course on your own, please inform medical or aid station personnel.
Dehydration was prevalent during the 2012 and 2013 races. You can prevent this. Aid stations will provide 1 cup of water or Cytomax per participant. To prevent dehydration, make sure you are well hydrated in the few days leading up to the race. Also, you should consider carrying extra water similar to what you would on a long training run. Also consider bringing the electrolyte drink & gels you have used in the past and works for you.
The Golden Leaf has only been cancelled once in its 37 years (2006) due to a heavy snow storm. Under such conditions, every effort will be made to hold the race, but the director reserves the right to delay, shorten or even cancel the event. There is also the possibility that the United States Forest Service can cancel the race if the trail conditions could lead to irreparable damage to the trail or safety issues. There will be no refunds in the event of race cancellation.
Awards & Raffle
Awards ceremony will begin at 12:15pm & raffle at 12:30pm. Awards will be provided
to the top 3 overall male & female finishers (1st=$200,2nd=$125,3rd=$75) as well as the top 3 male &
female finishers by age group. All participants & volunteers are eligible for the raffle.
Race results will be available after the races at the finish line, at the Ute Mountaineer, and on this website on the Monday following the race. Race results will be overall, by gender and by age group. The following age group categories will be used: 13 & under, 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.