- Start: Staunton State Park, Pine, Colorado
- Distance: 26.2mi (4500′) or 13.1mi (2200′)
- Min/Max Elevation: 8,200′ / 9,500′
- Average Elevation: 9,000′
- Terrain: 90% singletrack, 10% dirt road
- Fauna: Marmots, raptors, elk, mule deer, black bears, mountain lions
- Registration Caps: 250 total (125 in each event)
- Time Allowance: Marathon: 10 Hours
- Date: August 28, 2021
- Start Time: Marathon: 8:00a; Half Marathon: 7:00a
Welcome to the Staunton Rocks! Marathon & Half, an event put on by trail runners for trail runners.
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.
Registration for 2022 will open December 15, 2021
Marathon Race Fees:
April 1-30: $100
May 1-July 31: $110
After Aug 1: $120
Half Marathon Race Fees:
April 1-30: $80
May 1-July 31: $90
After Aug 1: $99
What You Get in Return for Your Registration Fee:
- A beautiful, well-marked and challenging course
- Enthusiastic, knowledgeable race and aid station staff & volunteers
- Fully stocked aid stations
- Gender specific race T-shirt
- Finisher award
- Free race photos
- Post-race BBQ
- Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and non-alcoholic options are available as part of our standard race fare
- Professional medical & emergency communications coverage
- Real-time results processing with splits from all aid stations
If the race fills, a waitlist will be established. If you are selected from the waitlist, you are given the opportunity to accept/decline the invitation. Your credit card will not be charged until you accept. Your fellow runners in line appreciate your prompt response.
Transfer Credit & Distance Change Policy
If you are not able to race, we will be able to offer a race transfer credit that can be applied to any future Gnar Runners race (valid for 12 months). Credit deadlines are as follows:
Until April 30: 100% credit of registration (excluding UltraSignup fees)
May 1 – July 15: 75% credit of registration (excluding UltraSignup fees)
July 16 – August 15: 50% credit of registration (excluding UltraSignup fees)
Registered runners may also switch between races. Runners in the half marathon can pay the additional registration fee to upgrade to the marathon. There is no fee for marathon runners to drop to the half marathon.
To request a transfer credit please Contact Us.
With the exception of waitlist transfers, entries are non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event the race is cancelled due to extreme weather, fire, disease or for some other unforeseeable event, we cannot offer refunds or credits.
Course & Aid Stations
The Marathon course will have approximately 4,500ft of vertical gain.
The Half Marathon course will have approximately 2,200ft of vertical gain.
Aid Stations – Marathon
|Aid Station||Mile Split||Total||Gain||Descent||Cut-Off|
Aid Stations – Half Marathon
|Aid Station||Mile Split||Total||Gain||Descent||Cut-Off|
All full service aid stations will stock the following items:
- VFuel bulk gel and sports drink. (Please bring your own gel flask for refills.)
- Water and ice
- Salty snacks: Pretzels, potato chips, corn chips
- Fruit: Oranges and Bananas plus additional variety depending on what might be available
- Sweets: Cookies, M&M’s, Gummy bears
- Soda: Coke, Ginger Ale
*Aid stations will not provide water cups. All runners are required to carry their own water bottle or hydration pack.**
The course will be well marked with pink flagging and pink pin flags. Important intersections will be supplemented with flour ground markings and directional arrows. On longer stretches of trail without intersections, confidence flagging will be placed approximately every quarter mile. Turns will be marked heavily.
Park restrooms are available at the Ranch Hand Start/Finish, Mason Creek Trailhead, and on the Bugling Elk Loop approaching the Elk Pond Aid Station. Additional portable toilets may be provided, and we will update you closer to race day with that information.
Family and friends can meet their runners at the Ranch Hand Start/Finish and Mason Creek Trailheads. Crew or family vehicles will need to pay the regular $9 park entrance fee. Carpooling is highly recommended to save on park fees and limit traffic and parking congestion at the trailheads. Use the Mountain View Park ‘N Ride on Highway 285 just 5 miles east of the park for carpooling.
All trails are open to the public, so family and friends are allowed to run, hike, or bike on the course; however, pacing or crewing outside designated aid stations is not allowed and will result in the disqualification of your runner.
Detailed Course Directions – Marathon
Start to Old Mill Aid Station (1st Visit):
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 Staunton Rocks Aid Station:
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, where the final aid station is located.
Staunton Rocks Aid Station to Finish:
Continue straight (uphill) on the Old Mill Trail until you reach the historic old mill, where the first aid station of the day was located. 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.
Detailed Course Directions – Half Marathon
Start to Old Mill Aid Station:
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.
Race rules are designed to provide a safe and fair experience for everyone involved and to help ensure our ability to produce the race again next year. Major rule infractions by racers will result in immediate disqualification of the racer. Please do not argue with or harass our volunteers. Please direct any questions and feedback to us here.
- The Marathon will be limited to 10 hours and will end at 6:00pm. The Half Marathon will be limited to 5 hours and will end at 12:00p.
- At each aid station, volunteers will record runner bib numbers. Runners are responsible for making sure that aid station volunteers record their number. Please make sure that your bib number is visible from the front and call out and confirm your number when passing through an aid station. This is important so that we can keep track of runners and know that you are not lost or injured.
- If you need to drop out of the race for any reason, you must check out with the nearest aid station or course volunteer.
- Purposeful littering is prohibited and will result in an immediate disqualification.
- Stay on the trail. No bushwhacking or short cutting. In case of wet trail conditions, please run through any muddy sections to avoid widening the trail. Yield to pedestrian and horses. Mountain bikers should yield to runners, but please use common sense in all circumstances.
- Pacers are not allowed. Crewing is allowed at designated aid stations only.
- No mechanical aid (poles, traction devices, etc.) unless approved by race staff prior to the race for a specific reason.
- Dogs are not allowed on the course with runners.
|4:00-7:00p:||Optional Packet Pickup at Cripple Creek Backcountry, 2807 S Broadway, Englewood, 80113|
|6:00a:||Staunton State Park Open to Runners|
|6:00-6:45a:||Half Marathon Check-In & Packet Pickup|
|6:55a:||Half Marathon Pre-Race Briefing|
|7:00a:||Half Marathon Race Start|
|7:00-7:45a:||Marathon Check-In & Packet Pickup|
|7:55a:||Marathon Pre-Race Briefing|
|8:00a:||Marathon Race Start|
|8:45a:||Lead Half Marathon Runners Finish|
|9:00a:||Post-Race BBQ Begins|
|10:00a:||Half Marathon Awards|
|11:45a:||Lead Marathon Runners Finish|
|6:00p:||Marathon Finish Cut-Off|
Parking & Directions
Parking will be available at Staunton State Park beginning at 6:00am. Vehicles with registered runners have their park entry fee included as part of their race registration. Any other vehicles (crews/spectators) will be required to have a Colorado State Parks Annual Pass or purchase a park entry pass on-site for $9.
Parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. We recommend you park in the Meadow and Meadow Overflow Lots – not the Visitor Center!
Please be mindful of additional park traffic that will arrive throughout the day. The reason the Half Marathon starts first is parking considerations, to increase the odds of runners finishing and departing before the park’s peak visitation hours.
Carpooling is Highly Encouraged. Parking is very limited at the park. Our impact this first year will determine both the number of runners and parking regulations for future races.