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Physical Distancing is the new normal in our time of covid-19 and the 2020 Spanish Peaks Half Marathon has been redesigned to minimize the risk of everyone involved. Here are just some of the arrangements we've made to enhance your safety:
✓ Out and back course to avoid shuttling and carpooling to the start
✓ Individualized (one minute apart) start times with adjusted electronic chip finish time - creating a physically distanced rather than a group start. You will be assigned a unique start time based on the order of registration. (e.g., 8:00, 8:01, 8:02...)
✓ 10 foot distancing passing rule which is easily achieved on the course
✓ Availability of hand sanitizer, frequent sanitizing of surfaces including porta-potties, tables, etc.
✓ Water & sports drink will be available but runners may elect to provide their own refreshments as many do for their training runs
✓ Participants are invited to offer other suggestions to accommodate their special needs. (Email us and we will consider your ideas, e.g., home made bibs)
This year's out and back course should virtually guarantee the elusive "negative split" with a gradual outbound ascent totalling 730 feet of elevation gain and a smooth, even downhill cruise when the first half work is done. It is noteworthy that the outbound terminal point of the course is reached just BEFORE the road to Cuchara begins to climb significantly and this is arguably at the most scenic area of the famed Highway of Legends with the stone dike formations looming to the east.
The Half Marathon starts and finishes at La Veta Town Park. Runners head south on Oak Street, making a right turn at Cascade, then left on Cherry Street before going right onto CO 12, the Highway of Legends. Runners proceed along the highway to the turnaround point, 6.55 miles from the start, returning on the same route to the finish line in La Veta Town Park along Oak Street, just north of Ryus Street.
If you're not ready for a half marathon, also available is a 5K Fun Run option, beginning and ending in the La Veta Town Park. Get some exercise and fresh air and then join the annual Oktoberfest activities!
Event details and schedule
Packet pickup begins at 7:00 AM Saturday October 3 at La Veta Town Park or pick up your packet Friday October 2 from 2-6 PM at Two Peaks Fitness, 216 S Main St in La Veta.
The Half Marathon takes place Saturday, October 3, with staggered start times beginning at 8:00 am, starting and ending in La Veta Town Park.
The 5K Fun Run begins at 8:30 am, also on October 3.
Parking in La Veta is available on Ryus Avenue and on Moore Avenue (Moore Avenue is north of the Town Park).
Register onsite after September 30.
Fee: Half Marathon $45 ($40 for early registration); 5K $20
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 $8.00.