A beautiful, small run through the Rockies (about: 2012)|
M. M. from Guilderland Center, NY (7/10/12)
11-50 previous marathons
| 1 Aspen Valley Marathon
This was one of my all-time favorite marathons. It rivaled Big Sur in its beauty. The course is along the Rio Grande trail from Aspen to Basalt, and follows a river through the Aspen Valley. The surface is finely crushed stone or asphalt, both are smooth and comfortable. Weather was perfect. Temps in the low 60's, with a thin overcast that let the sunshine in just in time for the post-race party. The 7-8000 foot altitude wasn't that bad. I think the fact that the course drops about 1400 feet almost makes up for the high altitude. Almost. I'd guess the thin air added about 5 minutes to my overall time. The post race party was great. Free beers from the Aspen Brewing Company really hit the spot. And custom-made fresh salads! Very nice touch.
I would highly recommend the Mountain House Lodge as a place to stay. It was only 5 blocks from the start line, and Brian, our host, was incredibly accomodating.
This is a great little marathon.