14th Annual Run Through Time Marathon and Half Marathon – March 9, 2019
The half marathon is now sold out. Anyone interested in running the half marathon may register on the waitlist, and we will contact you if/when a spot becomes available. As of February 21, the marathon was approximately 85% full.
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.
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Thank you for your interest in the 14th Annual Run Through Time Marathon, Half Marathon, and 2 Mile Fun Run in Salida, CO. Marathon and half marathon race courses will overall remain the same as 2018. In 2019, however, the race finish will return to the Salida Scout Hut, which is located a few blocks east of previous years’ finishes at the SteamPlant. The Scout Hut was recently renovated, and we’re excited to have the race finish return to this location.
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 female/male in each 10 year age group. A light, hot meal will be provided at the finish for all participants. Athlete gift TBD. 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.
Contact information: Please contact Kristy Falcon at email@example.com with questions or if you have any interest in volunteering or sponsoring the 2019 Run Through Time.
We look forward to seeing you in March!
2019 Run Through Time Marathon
- 11 miles of narrow hilly single track trail, with the remainder on dirt/jeep roads
- Approximately 3,700 feet of climbing
- 7 hour time limit. There will be 2 intermediate time cut offs for the marathon. If you do not meet the first time cutoff (10:15am) at mile 7.58, you will be re-routed onto the half marathon course for a half marathon finish. If you do not make the 2nd time cutoff (12pm, 4 hours into the race) at mile 14.32, you will be pulled from the race and given a ride back to the finish area.
- 4 aid stations, 2 of which are accessed twice (miles 3.34, 7.08, 7.58, 14.32, 23.12, 23.6)
- Participant limit: 235
The 2019 marathon course will overall be the same as in 2018 and 2016, with the exception of two changes for 2019. 1) The race will finish near the Salida Scout Hut and not the Salida SteamPlant. Runners will continue strait (east) on the walkway in Riverside Park towards the Scout Hut at the race finish instead of taking a sharp turn in Riverside Park to head west under the F street bridge towards the SteamPlant. 2) The out and back on CR 175 at the high point of the marathon course (after passing the Beasway trailhead) has been eliminated. This is to reduce contact with vehicle traffic for runners, and because the marathon course was a little long in 2016 and 2018.
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. Directions on trails are shown with arrows or solid lines, and all aid stations are marked with an A. There will be four aid stations on the course, two 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. This is a closed course and cutting the course is not allowed. There will be maps on a bulletin board at the Salida Scout Hut 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 lines 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. Wood’s High Mountain Distillery has donated a bottle of whiskey for the first female and male (age 21 or older) who reach the marathon aid station on CR 181 at mile 14.32.
Blue lines mark the in-bound course. After reaching the aid station, head back the way you came, onto CR 181, and then CR 173. At 16.58 miles, you will head onto a single track trail called the Rumba Trail, which then turns into 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 21.4 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 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. Follow the path east through Riverside Park back to the finish near the Salida Scout Hut.
2019 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)
- Participant limit: 235
The 2019 half marathon course will overall be the same as the past few years, with the exception of one change for 2019. The race will finish near the Salida Scout Hut and not the Salida SteamPlant. Runners will continue strait (east) on the walkway in Riverside Park towards the Scout Hut at the race finish instead of taking a sharp turn in Riverside Park to head west under the F street bridge towards the SteamPlant.
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 Salida Scout Hut to look at but please print these maps if you would like your own.
Our starting line will be the same as in the past few years (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. Follow the path east through Riverside Park back to the finish near the Salida Scout Hut.
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.
Friday, March 8, 2019
5:00 – 7:30 pm – Packet pickup at 7000 Feet Running Company (140 W. 1st Street)
Saturday, March 9, 2019
6:30 am – Packet pickup begins at the Salida Scout Hut (210 E. Sackett Ave)
8:00 am – Marathon start
9:00 am – Half marathon and 2 mile fun run start
10:00 am – 400 meter kids fun run begins at Riverside Park. This event is free – just show up!
10:30 am – Post-race party begins at the Salida Scout Hut
12:00 pm – Half marathon awards ceremony
1:30 pm – Marathon awards ceremony
3:00 pm – Cutoff for the half marathon and marathon finish
The half marathon is now full. As of February 18, the marathon was approximately 80% full.
Registration prices do not include on-line registration fee. Online registration is currently open and will close at noon on Thursday, March 7 if races have not yet filled. If races do fill, we will maintain a waitlist.
Marathon Entry Fees
December 1 – January 15 – $65
January 16 – February 28 – $75
March 1 – 9 – $85
Half Marathon Entry Fees
December 1 – January 15 – $45
January 16 – February 28 – $55
March 1 – 9 – $65
2-Mile Fun Run Entry Fee
Refund and Transfer Policy – Entries are non refundable and non transferable. However, anyone who enters either the half or full marathon and then wishes to defer their entry to 2020 may do so before February 1. Half and full marathon competitors may also change race distance. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31 if you are not able to run and would like to roll over your entry (to 2020 only), or at any point before race day if you would like to change your race distance. If you switch from the half marathon to the full marathon, you will be charged the difference in entry fee price when you pick up your bib. Note: Although the half marathon is sold out, anyone who is currently entered in the marathon and would like to switch down to the half marathon may still do so at any point through race day. There is no change to your entry fee if you switch down to the half marathon.
If the marathon has not filled, then race day registration will be available. Race day registration will definitely be open for the 2 mile fun run. Please bring cash or a check.
On-Course Aid and Support
There will be 4 well-stocked aid stations for the marathon and 3 aid stations for the half marathon. Aid stations will have sweet and salty snacks, Honey Stinger products, Tailwind Nutrition, and water. This race will be cupless, so bringing your own bottle to refill at aid stations is imperative. Medical personnel will be available on course in case of emergency.
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.
2019 Sponsors & Key Supporters
The Run Through Time really appreciates the support of local businesses such as Amicas, 7000 Feet Running Company, Salida Mountain Sports, and Wood’s High Mountain Distillery and thank them for donating prizes to this event.
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.
The Run Through Time is a big supporter of Salida Mountain Trails, and has served as a large fundraiser for this organization for many years. $6,000 from race proceeds was donated to SMT in 2018. In the past 6 years alone, over $30,000 has been donated in order to expand and improve trails in Salida for all trail users. Thank you to Run Through Time participants, volunteers, and sponsors for helping to make this happen!
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 Kristy at email@example.com.
Awards and Divisions
Overall awards to the top three men/women in each race and age group awards to the top female/male 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 Scout Hut. There will be no awards for the 2 mile fun run or the free kids’ run.
Wood’s High Mountain Distillery has donated a bottle of whiskey for the first female and male (age 21 or older) who reach the marathon aid station on CR 181 at mile 14.32. Whiskey can be picked up at the distillery (144 W. 1st Street) after the race.
Important Rules and Considerations
Any racer who fails to comply with race rules faces disqualification from the race.
- Foot travel only.
- Time limits will be enforced for the marathon and half marathon. There will be 2 intermediate time cut offs at 7 hour pace for marathon.
- 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.
- You must follow the course – no course cutting.
- 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.
- Per our insurance, we strongly request that runners do not use earbuds with music during the race.
- Poles, while not commonly used, are allowed in the marathon. They will not be allowed in the half marathon in 2019.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that the race finish and all race day activities will take place at the Salida Scout Hut (210 East Sackett Ave), which is located a few blocks east of the SteamPlant (previous years’ finish area) in Riverside Park. There is a fairly new playground in Riverside Park, along with walking paths and views of the Arkansas River. Riverside Park is Salida’s most popular park, and is a great place for families to hang out while waiting for runners to finish. Per City of Salida park regulations, dogs are not allowed in Riverside Park unless they are on the walking path. We ask that all competitors and spectators respect this rule, in order to not jeopardize future permits with the City of Salida.
For additional questions, email Kristy Falcon at email@example.com.