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Maybe you've run one or more of the popular Colorado Front Range downhill half marathons. Now Southern Colorado enters the picture with an amazing course featuring a gentle downward glide along the scenic Highway of Legends (CO Highway 12) from Cuchara to La Veta with an 1,800 foot net elevation drop. The paved course has a scarcity of hills to interrupt the extended stretches of gradual descent into La Veta where the annual Oktoberfest celebration will be getting into full swing to make the day all the more memorable.
It bears repeating - a descent of 1,800 feet over the span of 13.1 miles past the looming natural rock dikes that are so prominent relative to the geology, history and legends of the area. Unlike many such race courses, the elevation decline continues all the way to the finish at La Veta Town Park located at the intersection of Main and Ryus Streets. Runner transportation for this "point to point" venture will be provided from the Park to the starting line in Cuchara. Post race shuttles available back to the race start location.
Join us for a big new tradition in these lovely small towns on the southern perimeter of the Colorado Front Range.
Event details and schedule
Packet pickup begins at 7:00 AM Saturday October 5 at La Veta Town Park or pick up your packet Friday from 1-6 PM at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St in La Veta.
The event takes place Saturday, October 5, at 8:30 am, beginning at the intersection of Butter Cup and Ponderosa Rd, just off Highway 12 in Cuchara. Runner transportation for this "point to point" venture provided from the La Veta Town Park to the starting line. Those who elect to pick up packets on Friday have the option of going directly to the start in Cuchara Saturday morning with post race shuttles available back to the race start location.
Parking in La Veta is available on Ryus Avenue and on Moore Avenue (Moore Avenue is north of the Town Park).
Register onsite after October 2
The temperature should be comfortable for wearing jogging shorts, but be sure to check the weather forecasts for the possibility of rain, although rain is more likely in the late afternoon in the morning.
The run will be held rain or shine and there are no refunds or roll fowards to future runs. If you can't make it, someone else can take your place, or we will postal mail your packet for $6.00.