Copper Half Marathon
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Over the July 4th weekend, I had the good fortune of running the Copper Half Marathon at Copper Mountain Resort, just outside of Frisco, CO. The half marathon course is touted as one of the most difficult courses in the country. As a resident of Colorado, I have had the opportunity of running many of our states challenging races. The Copper Half was difficult, but I had a great time pushing myself up the bike path towards Vail Pass.
The race was well run and offered aid stations right when you needed it: at the start/finish, miles 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, and 13. Each station was well equipped with water, gatorade, bars, and gels to fuel your body onwards and upwards. The volunteers at each station were prepared to hand out the goods, which isn’t always the case, and they were also super friendly!
The race started and finished at the base of the American Eagle lift and wound its way through the village, up onto the ski hill for a bit, back through town, and then up the pass. I loved the families out in their pj’s cheering for you as you went through town and the positivity of my fellow runners. As I was going downhill others’ were telling me great job as they were the ones with the harder task, going uphill. I of course returned the cheers.
The course was beautiful and I kept having to tell myself to look around at the scenery; mountains with a hint of snow on top and lush green trees lined the ascent towards Vail Pass are just two of the highlights. The bikers on the path, were courteous for the most part, yielding and announcing their presence. The roar of the creek was also a nice addition and helped keep my mind off the task at hand.
At the finish line, there was plenty to eat and drink. Soon after I finished, there was a free kids fun run, making the Copper Half a truly family friendly event.
Kevin ran the 10km trail race the day before and opted to serve as photographer at the event. Check out ActiveGearReview on FB for numerous race shots!