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Golden Leaf Half Marathon

The Golden Leaf Half Marathon embodies everything we look for in a race: it’s challenging, it is well organized, it has a great goody bag, it showcases the best attributes of a town and the scenery is unbelievable. Aspen is a town that is often overwhelmed by its money and mystique, hiding the vibrant locals scene beneath the fur, expensive ski equipment and ridiculous cars that the seasonal residents rock. The Golden Leaf is great because its during the off season, when the locals come out to play and Aspen seems more like a real town instead of the land that rich people built. The best part of the race is the completely local vibe that permeates the whole event. Aspenites hand out the timing chips, man the water stations and dot the course to cheer everyone on. The finish line is a party where Aspen residents come to hang out with the runners, eat lunch and celebrate the race and the fall season. Once the sun sets the bars start packing with race participants and locals, making the whole day one large celebration of running that the whole town gets in to. Very, very fun. Continue reading

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