Run Through Time

rtt-2016-logo-small13th Annual Run Through Time Marathon and Half Marathon – March 10, 2018

These beautiful, challenging courses are run on dirt/jeep roads and narrow, hilly singletrack with fantastic views of Salida and the Arkansas Valley. Elevations range from 7000-9000 feet.

Click here to register online beginning December 1

Thank you for your interest in the 13th Annual Run Through Time Marathon, Half Marathon, and 2 Mile Fun Run in Salida, CO.  Marathon race course will be the same as 2016, and the half marathon course will remain the same as in 2016 and 2017.

Foot travel only.  Courses include single-track, jeep trail, and dirt roads, at elevations ranging from 7,000 feet to 9,000 feet.  There is a 7 hour time limit for the marathon, and a 6 hour time limit for the half marathon.  No crews or pacers on either course.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three men/women in each race and top man/woman in each 10 year age group.  A light hot meal will be available at the finish for contestants. Race takes place on the Arkansas Hills Trail System, BLM and Forest Service land, and Chaffee County and City of Salida roads and property.  Many of the trails used for this race were built and are currently maintained by Salida Mountain Trails, a volunteer based organization.  This race is a large fundraiser for this organization, and many of their members will be out volunteering on race day.

We look forward to seeing you in March!

 

 


2017 Race Results • Past Run Through Time Results


2017 Run Through Time Marathon, Pic: Andrew Walker

2018 Run Through Time Marathon

  • 11 miles of narrow hilly single track trail, with the remainder on dirt/jeep roads
  • Approximately 4,240’ of climbing
  • 7 hour time limit
  • 4 aid stations – 3 of which are accessed twice (miles 3.34, 7.08, 7.58, 14.32, 14.87, 23.12, 23.6)
  • Entry limit: 215

The 2018 marathon course will be the same as in 2016. Marathon course maps are included below, utilizing maps of the Arkansas Hill Trails System from Salida Mountain Trails. There are three maps for the marathon – Map 1 shows the lower course out-bound, Map 2 shows the upper course out bound and in-bound, and Map 3 shows the lower course inbound. All junctions are marked with a circle and there are mileage points along the way. Directions on trails are shown with arrows, and all aid stations are marked with an A. There will be four aid stations on the course, three of which will be accessed twice. Course is well marked and course marshals will be used in key locations but you must pay attention, especially at obvious trail junctions. Cutting the course is not allowed. There will be maps on a bulletin board at the SteamPlant to look at but please print these maps if you would like your own.

Our starting line will be on CR177, which is the road north of the railroad tracks at the base of S Mountain. The first 2.64 miles is marked with green arrows.  Course will head northwest along 177 and then turns right and uphill to a water tank. Turn left at the water tank to CR 175, turn left to CR 177 or the road north of the railroad tracks, and head back to the starting line and up a hill past the Frontside Trailhead. This section of the course is nice packed dirt roads and paved highway with little elevation gain. Take advantage of this to space out before the single track.

The next section of the course is marked with red arrows. Follow the rough and rocky road southeast to the first aid station where Sweet Dreams single track begins. Aid station 1 is 3.34 miles into the race. Sweet Dreams is 2.1 miles long; at the junction to Backbone Trail turn left. Backbone goes .91 miles to Sand Dunes Trail crossing and another .84 miles to the next aid station.  There is 3.7 miles total between the 1st and 2nd aid stations, with aid station 2 being 7.08 miles into the race. Turn right on 173 and follow the steep and rocky road about .5 miles past the 3rd aid station. You will not see another aid station for almost 7 miles so stock up.

Red arrows mark the outbound and start at mile 7.65. Follow FS Road 173 which is very steep and rocky to begin with. Expect snow, ice and mud on the north sides and dry dirt road on the south sides. After a series of long sweeping turns the trail tops out.  After a long steep stretch of east facing usually dry road you enter the trees on a ridge before dropping into the north facing timber. You will cross Upper Cottonwood Trail 12.15 miles into the race but continue up FS road 173 to FS road 181. Turn left on 181 to the 4th aid station at mile 14.32.  New for the 2018 Marathon: Wood’s High Mountain Distillery has donated a bottle of whiskey for the first female and male (age 21 or older) who reach the outbound marathon aid station on CR 181 at mile 14.32.

After reaching the aid station, head up CR 175 to the turnaround approximately .2 miles up the road.  Make certain the volunteers write down your bib number, and then head downhill and back to the aid station.

Blue arrows mark the in-bound course. After passing back through the aid station, head back the way you came, onto CR 181, and then CR 173. At 16.98 miles, you will head onto a single track trail called the Cottonwood Trail. There may be snow and ice at the top of the gulch but it should dry out as you lose elevation. Follow the trail down Cottonwood Gulch to the Unkle Nazty Trail at 20.95 miles into the race.

Turn right up hill on Unkle Nazty for .17 miles before turning left on Prospector. Prospector gains a ridge then begins dropping and switchbacking into Upper Sand Dunes. At 22.38 or Upper Sand Dunes Trail turn right and begin the last climb of the race to the aid station at 23.12 miles into the race. Turn left down 173 to the saddle aid station (23.6) and turn left on Lil’ Rattler Trail to the Kiosk at 24.52 miles. Head down the Frontside trail to the road, and then turn right and cross the railroad tracks at the at grade crossing near a row of old RR sheds.  Follow the road west to the parking lot, cross the F Street Bridge and turn left into Riverside Park and down to the river walk. Abruptly turn left and go under the bridge to the boat ramp and the finish line.

Run Through Time Marathon Elevation Profile
2017 Half Marathon, Pic: Andrew Walker

2018 Run Through Time Half Marathon

  • 8 3/4 miles of narrow hilly single track trail, with the remainder on dirt/jeep roads
  • Approximately 1,570 feet of climbing
  • 6 hour time limit
  • 3 aid stations, one of which will be accessed twice (miles 3.34, 7.08, 7.58, 11.01)
  • Entry limit: 215

Half marathon course maps are included below, utilizing maps of the Arkansas Hill Trails System from Salida Mountain Trails.  There are two maps for the half marathon – one out-bound and the other in-bound to reduce confusion. All junctions are marked with a circle and there are mileage points along the way.  Directions on trails are shown with arrows, and all aid stations are marked with an A. There will be three aid stations on the course; one will be accessed twice. Course is well marked and course marshals will be used in key locations but you must pay attention, especially at obvious trail junctions. Cutting the course is not allowed. There will be maps on a bulletin board at the SteamPlant to look at but please print these maps if you would like your own.

Our starting line will be near last years start (the map is incorrect) on CR 177, which is the road north of the railroad tracks at the base of S Mountain. The first 2.64 miles is marked with green arrows. Course will head northwest along 177 and then turns right and uphill to a water tank. Turn left at the water tank to CR 175, turn left to CR 177 or the road north of the railroad tracks, and head back to the starting line and up a hill past the Frontside Trailhead. This section of the course is nice packed dirt roads and paved highway with little elevation gain. Take advantage of this to space out before the single track.

The next section of the course is marked with red arrows. Follow the rough and rocky road southeast to the first aid station where Sweet Dreams single track begins. Aid station 1 is 3.34 miles into the race. Sweet Dreams is 2.1 miles long; at the junction to Backbone Trail turn left. Backbone goes .91 miles to Sand Dunes Trail crossing and another .84 miles to the next aid station. There is 3.7 miles total between the 1st and 2nd aid stations, with aid station 2 being 7.08 miles into the race. Turn right on 173 and follow the steep and rocky road about .5 miles to the 3rd aid station. Head past the aid station and turn right on the  jeep road, where a course marshal will be stationed 7.65 miles into the race, and the start of the Pauli trail.

Blue arrows mark the return route turn right on a dirt road  Run .5 miles on narrow single track on the Pauli trail to the Unkle Nazty trail and turn right. Unkle Nazty is rightly named and has 3 or 4 difficult solid rock drops – be careful in this section. Run .57 miles on Unkle Nazty, turn left at Prospector Trail junction and go .17 miles to the Cottonwood trail. Turn right on Cottonwood and head .48 miles to the Backbone trail. Turn right at Backbone, go .8 miles (second time through) to the Sand Dunes Trail crossing, following Backbone another .84 miles to the aid station at mile 11.01. At the aid station turn left on 173, continuing .41 miles to Spiral Drive and the kiosk. Head down the Frontside trail to the road, and then turn right and cross the railroad tracks at the at grade crossing near a row of old RR sheds. Follow the road west to the parking lot, cross the F Street Bridge and turn left into Riverside Park and down to the river walk. Abruptly turn left and go under the bridge to the boat ramp and the finish line

Run Through Time half marathon course elevation profile.

Two Mile Fun Run

· Loop on dirt and gravel roads.
· 2 milers start and run with the half marathon runners for their first 2 miles.
· Race is open to everyone.  There is a 50 person limit for this race.

Run Through Time Half Marathon, Pic: Vince Stack

Race Schedule

Friday, March 9, 2018

5:00 – 7:30 pm – Packet pickup at 7000 Feet Running Company (140 W. 1st Street)

Saturday, March 10, 2018

6:30 am – Packet pickup begins at the Salida SteamPlant (220 W. Sackett Ave)
8:00 am – Marathon start
9:00 am – Half marathon and 2 mile fun run start
10:30 am – Post-race party begins at the Salida SteamPlant
12:00 pm – Half marathon awards ceremony
1:30pm – Marathon awards ceremony
3:00 pm – Cutoff for the half marathon and marathon finish

Registration Information

Registration prices do not include on-line registration fee.  Online registration will open on December 1.  Click here to register.

Marathon Entry Fees
December 1 – January 31 – $65
February 1 – February 28 – $75
March 1 – 10 – $85

Half Marathon Entry Fees
December 1 – January 31 – $45
February 1 – February 28 – $55
March 1-10 $65

2-Mile Fun Run Entry Fee
$10

Refund and Transfer Policy – Entries are non refundable.  However, you may transfer your entry to another runner for a $15 fee.  Transfers must be completed by March 2.  When you register online, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a change link.  That link may be used to change any of your registration information, to transfer your entry to another runner, or to switch your race distance.  If you are moving up in race distance, you will be charged the difference in registration price when you switch distances.

Race day registration will be available if there are spots still open for the half and full marathon. There will definitely be race day registration available for the two mile fun run.  Please bring cash or a check.

Marathon race start. Pic: Vince Stack

On-Course Aid and Support

honey-stingerThere will be 4 well-stocked aid stations for the marathon and 3 aid stations for the half marathon. This race will be cupless, so bringing your own bottle to refill at aid stations is imperative. Medical personnel will be available in case of emergency.

Recommended Gear

March in the Rocky Mountains is unpredictable. Be prepared for anything from sunny weather in the 70’s to winter conditions. You are likely to encounter rocks, snow, ice and/or mud. It is mandatory to carry a water bottle or other hydration system for the marathon, and highly recommended for the half marathon.  We also suggest you carry energy food and extra layers, including a wind layer. Some years we experience wonderful weather conditions, but it is still winter. So COME PREPARED for bad weather.

Sponsors & Key Supporters

Thank you to our local bike shop, Absolute Bikes, for their continued help and sponsorship. Absolute Bikes’ employees and volunteers will be out on the high point of the marathon course, and at the marathon aid station on CR 181.  We will have Tailwind Nutrition and Honey Stinger products out on course at every aid station, and thank both companies for their generous support. This race takes place on many trails built by Salida Mountain Trails, and the Run Through Time is a large fundraiser for this organization.  Many of their volunteers will be out at aid stations and as course marshals on race day, and helping to mark and sweep the course. Packet pickup will take place at 7000 Feet Running Company in downtown Salida, and we thank them for their support and enthusiasm for this event.   The Chaffee County Running Club and the Salida High School Track and XC teams also provide volunteers and additional support for this event, and their help is also very much appreciated.

Volunteers

If you’re not running but want to take in the excitement of the race from the course, volunteering as an aid station volunteer or course marshal is the perfect way to do that.  To find out more about volunteering, please contact rttsalida@gmail.com.

Awards and Divisions

Overall awards to the top three men/women in each race and age group awards to top male/female in each 10 year age group. The award ceremony will be held at 12pm for the half marathon and 1:30pm for the marathon at the Salida Steam Plant.  There will be no awards for the 2 mile fun run or the free kids’ run.

New for the 2018 Marathon:  Wood’s High Mountain Distillery has donated a bottle of whiskey for the first female and male (age 21 or older) who reach the outbound marathon aid station on CR 181 at mile 14.32.  Whisky can be picked up at the distillery (144 W. 1st Street) after the race.

Previous Years’ Results and Photos

Important Rules and Considerations

  • Foot travel only.
  • Time limits will be enforced for the marathon and half marathon. There will be 3 intermediate time cut offs at 7 hour pace for marathon and 1 time cut off at 6 hour finish time pace for half.
  • No dogs or any other animals allowed on course with racers.
  • For the safety of all athletes, we ask that spectators please do not drive up CR 173 due to the narrow road, rough terrain, and blind switchbacks.
  • No littering – pack it in, pack it out.
  • For safety, to preserve the experience, and for fairness, we do not allow crewing or pacing out on either race course.
  • This is a cupless race – please carry a water bottle or other hydration system.
  • Help other runners in need.
  • Obey race officials instructions.
  • Trails will be open on race day to other users. Roads will be open to traffic throughout the race.  Please be aware and respectful of other users, and use common sense around vehicle traffic.
  • Race officials reserve the right to alter courses if needed based on race day conditions.  We reserve the right to cancel or postpone this event based on land agency managers’ directions.

Spectator and Parking Tips

Parking on the downtown streets in Salida is limited to two hours. Please pay attention to parking signs. Overflow parking may be obtained in the parking lot on the west side of Safeway, west of G Street on 1st Street (291),and across the F Street Bridge near the start and finish area.  If those lots are full, on street parking with no time limit is available starting at roughly 3rd or 4th streets.

For safety, to preserve the experience and for fairness, we do not allow crewing or pacing out on the courses. If you want to be out on the course the perfect way to do that is to volunteer to work at an aid station or as a course marshal. We’re always looking for volunteers, and your help is definitely appreciated! To find out more about volunteering, please contact rttsalida@gmail.com

Race Contact

For additional questions, email rttsalida@gmail.com