Race Day Information

 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.

Race Information Packet

2016 Race Information Packet including cut off times, race packet pick up and more.

Race Start Time & Time Limit

The Aspen Backcountry Marathon will start at 6:00am near Rio Grande Park in downtown Aspen. Participants will need to finish the race by 2:00pm (8 hour limit).

the 1/2 marathon will start at 8:30am near Rio Grande Park in downtown Aspen.

Race Participation Cap

The Aspen Backcountry Marathon is limited to 250 participants.

The 1/2 Marathon is limited to 250 participants as well.

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. Save yourself some time and purchase online. Click here to purchase online. Cost: $3 one year card; $12 for five years.

Timing Chips

Timing Chips will be given out from 4-6pm on Friday, August 12th at the Limelight Hotel (located at355 S Monarch St) during packet pick-up. They will be secured to the back of your bib.  All Participants must obtain a timing chip or they will not receive a finish times

Race Packet Pick-Up

Timing Chips/Packet – Friday, August 12th  from 4-6pm the Limelight Hotel. There will be a mandatory racers meeting starting at 5:45PM (during the packet pick-up)
IMPORTANT: If you are having someone else pick up your packet you must include this Authorization Form – signed by you – and a copy of your ID.


Marathon Cash Purse:
1st place Male and Female = $600
2nd place Male and Female = $400
3rd place Male and Female = $200

King of the Mountain for the Marathon (Male & Female)* – $250 Adidas gear

King of the Mountain for the 1/2 Marathon (Male & Female)* – will recieve a plaque

Top Three finishers by age-group for the Marathon (19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+) will receive an Adidas gift certificate for a pair of shoes.

Top Three finishers by age-group for the 1/2 Marathon (19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+) will receive a ribbon.

Because of the duration of the event, awards will be handed out at the finish line once results are verified.

All finishers will recieve a finishing stainless steel mug.

Race Cancellation

Every effort will be made to hold the race, but the director reserves the right to delay, shorten or even cancel the event. There will be no refunds in the event of race cancellation.

Safety Plan

Aspen Backcountry Marathon Safety Plan. This race will be a limited support race. There will be food and water stations, volunteer crews with EMT and First Responder experience. Please do not expect a high level of runner support like other marathons can offer. The logistics of a backcountry race makes additional support very difficult. In addition, we have to be careful about impacting the environment since it is at a high altitude, remote, and on National Forest Service land

Cupless Race

The Aspen Backcountry Marathon and Half Marathon will be CUPLESS COURSES! For hydration, we will be offering participants a reusable / foldable soft-cup from UltrAspire to use at the aid stations. We recommend participant in addition to the reusable cups, to carry their own hydration system.

*To receieve the KOM prize you must finish the Marathon.