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6th Annual South Park Trail Marathon & Half Marathon
Saturday, August 01, 2020, 06:30am
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NOTICE ABOUT COVID-19: The 2020 South Park Trail Marathon & Half has been rescheduled to August 1, 2020.

Registration was reopened on Tuesday, May 5th and will remain open through the new schedule as indicated below. See you there!

“In the mountains is where I DREDGE MY SOUL”

Starting at an elevation of 9,915’ and topping out at 13,183’ the South Park Marathon and Half are among the highest in Colorado. Marathoners run from the South Park Historical District all the way to the top of The Peerless Mine. Witness first hand the terrain that prospectors experienced during the great Colorado Gold Rush. Oxygen is not required to enjoy the raging creeks, historic mines, and the scramble above tree line after all.

Half marathoners can enjoy HPRS’ fastest half, sprinkled with deceptive uphills and downhills. We’ll have you questioning the elevation map in your pocket. This race is a good introduction to what HPRS is all about, overcoming #Adversity, and growing from the experience.

A marathon to test your mining soul. Hardworking men and women sunk themselves into the Earth day in and out to make a living for their families. What purpose drives you to sink yourself into this sport? We run over the rivers and through the woods, but there is no grandmother’s house on this route, only the opportunity to face #Adversity and triumph. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Human Potential Race without a few bonus miles. Lucky for you they’re free!

Distances: ~28 Miles & ~15 Miles (snow level dependant)
Marathon Elevation Gain/Loss: +4,420′ / -4,420′
Half Elevation Gain/Loss: +1,750′ / -1,750′
Start Time: 8:00am
Time Limit: 8 Hours (Both Races)
Location: Fairplay, CO
Start/Finish Locations: Starts at South Park City Museum / Finishes at the Town of Fairplay Beach
Runner Capacity: 300


Beginning in South Park City, this out-and-back course ascends and descends Peerless Mountain via 4-Mile Creek Road/Cty Rd 18. Runners will ascend Peerless Mountain, passing Peerless Mine, to the highest extent which snow will safely allow us before returning to town. The race finishes at the Fairplay Town Beach. In the event of deep snow beyond Horseshoe Aid Station, please see our *Snow Course Information*

Marathon Aid Stations: There will be 4 aid stations on the course totaling 7 aid stops. Each aid station will be fully stocked with water, electrolyte drink, and assorted snacks. There will be no drop bag stations. Runners should plan to carry necessary gear for the entirety of their run. (Note: Foxtail Aid Station is water ONLY)

Half Marathon

The Half Marathon route follows the same route as the Marathon’s first 7.5 miles before runners return back to town. Yes, the Half Marathon is 15 miles long. We call the ~2 extra miles “Bonus Miles” and they are FREE!

Half Marathon Aid Stations: There will be 2 aid stations on the course totaling 3 aid stops. The main “horseshoe” aid station at the turn-around will be fully stocked with water, electrolyte drink, and assorted snacks. The other aid station will be water only. There will be no drop bag stations. Runners should plan to carry necessary gear for the entirety of their run.

Both Races

Crews: Due to access difficulty in the area, and in accordance with our permits for the event, there will be NO crew access on the course.

Parking: All runners and spectators must park at the designated parking locations ONLY. We ask that you NOT park on Main Street, Front Street or 4th Street in Fairplay. PLEASE ONLY PARK IN DESIGNATED AREAS. A map of these areas will be available closer to the race.

Pre-Race Check in: Packet and bib number Pick-Up Will take place from 6:30a-7:45a at South Park City in Fairplay, CO. All runners must check-in with race staff the morning of the run by 7:45AM. Runners not checked in by 7:45 AM will not be scored as official runners of the race.

Pre-Race Briefing: Race Morning at 7:45am at South Park City Museum in Fairplay, CO. 
Post-Race Celebration: There will be a post race gathering at the Town of Fairplay Beach. We’ll welcome all of our runners to the finish line with food and drink.
Awards: All official finishers will receive a unique finishers award. We’ll also present special awards to DFL, Best Blood and a few surprise awards as well.
Permits: This event is being held in accordance with permits from the USFS Pike National Forest – South Park Ranger District, Park County, The City of Fairplay, and with permission from local private land owners. We ask that you please respect and care for the land this event is held on to help ensure the future of this race and to limit our environmental impact.


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