Staunton Rocks! Marathon & Half
21.1 km, 42.195 km
About the event
Touring the renowned singletrack of Staunton State Park in Colorado’s Front Range Mountains southwest of Denver, the race will take you back in time as you glide by historic buildings and old milling operations. The flowing trails and gradual climbs & descents will allow you to open up your running stride, while technical features scattered throughout will give your feet occasion to dance. Take in 60+ mile views from the numerous overlooks on course, run by scenic lakes and streams, and catch a glimpse of the numerous raptors that inhabit the stunning rock formations throughout the park. With runnable trails and generous cut-offs, our aim is to offer a trail running experience that is challenging, yet accessible to all.
We aspire to not only offer a first class trail racing experience on a challenging, scenic and impeccably marked course, but also a top-notch post-race experience that will leave your bellies full and the stories flowing.
Races offered by this event
You have 37 weeks to prepare
From the Ranch Hand Group Picnic Area, start west on the Park Service Road to the crossing of Berg Ln. Turn right onto Berg Ln for a very short distance till it T’s with the Staunton Rocks Trail. Turn right, and follow Staunton Rocks downhill past the campground trails to the intersection with Dines Meadow Trail. Turn left on Dines Meadow till it T’s with the Mason Creek Trail. Turn left on Mason Creek and follow it around and uphill until you reach a left onto the Bear Paw Loop. Follow Bear Paw around until it turns left to rejoin Mason Creek towards the Old Mill Aid Station.
Old Mill Aid Station to Staunton Rocks Aid Station:
From the Old Mill Aid Station, continue west on the Border Line Trail until you reach a big 4-way junction. Turn a slight (not sharp) left at this junction onto the Marmot Passage Trail. Follow Marmot Passage a short distance until you can turn left where the Scout Line Trail branches off. Continue on Scout Line to another big 4-way intersection where the Staunton Rocks Aid Station is located.
Staunton Rocks Aid Station to Finish:
From the Staunton Rocks Aid Station, turn right onto the Staunton Rocks Trail until you hit the first junction with the Historic Cabins Loop. Turn a sharp right onto this loop, and follow it until you can turn right onto Chase Meadow Trail at a T-intersection. Follow Chase Meadow until it also T’s with the Davis Ponds Trail, and turn a sharp left, following Davis Ponds to the Finish.
From the Ranch Hand Group Picnic Area, start west on the Park Service Road to the crossing of the Chase Meadow Trail. Turn right on the Chase Meadow Trail for a very short distance till it T’s with the Historic Cabins Trail, and turn right. Follow the Historic Cabins Trail a short distance to the junction with the Staunton Rocks Trail. Turn right, and follow the Staunton Rocks Trail downhill to the first intersection with the Dines Meadow Trail. Turn right on Dines Meadow, passing back by the Start/Finish and looping around past the Visitor’s Center to the Mason Creek Trailhead. Follow the Mason Creek Trail around and uphill till you reach a left onto the Bear Paw Loop. Follow Bear Paw around till it turns left to rejoin Mason Creek, and that will take you into the Old Mill Aid Station.
Old Mill Aid Station (1st Visit) to Elk Pond Aid Station (1st Visit):
From the Aid Station, continue west on the Border Line Trail until you reach a big 4-way junction. Turn right at this junction on to the Bugling Elk Trail / park service road, following it around to your first visit at the Elk Pond Aid Station.
Elk Pond Aid Station (1st Visit) to Elk Pond Aid Station (2nd Visit):
From the Elk Pond Aid Station, you’re taking a very sharp right (north) turn onto the West Meadow Trail. Follow it around to the 4-way intersection with Lion’s Back Trail and Chimney Rock Trail, and turn right on the Lions Head Trail. Complete the lollipop loop on the Lions Head, tag the summit, and return back to the same 4-way intersection. Turn right onto Chimney Rock and loop around until the trail rejoins with the wide Lion’s Back Trail, turning right (downhill) back to the Elk Pond Aid Station.
Elk Pond Aid Station (2nd Visit) to Old Mill Aid Station (2nd Visit):
From the Elk Pond Aid Station, turn right (uphill) on the single track Marmot Passage Trail. Follow it till you can turn right where the Scout Line Trail branches off of it. Continue on Scout Line to the 4-way intersection with Old Mill & Staunton Rocks, and continue straight (uphill) on the Old Mill Trail until you reach the Old Mill Aid Station for the 2nd time.
Old Mill Aid Station (2nd Visit) to Finish:
From the Old Mill Aid Station, retrace your steps to the finish. Turn right off Old Mill onto the Mason Creek Trail to the first junction with the Bear Paw Loop, where you turn right and take the loop. When Bear Paw rejoins Mason Creek, turn right again and follow Mason Creek downhill for several miles until the junction with the Dines Meadow Trail. Turn right on Dines Meadow, cross above the main parking lots and turn left into the finish.
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