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Rock Canyon Half Marathon

Sat December 2 2017
Location: Pueblo, CO US 81005 Directions
Type: Run or Run/Walk
Event Time Price Details
1/2 marathon
9:00AM MST - 12:00PM MST
800 Goodnight Ave
Pueblo, CO US 81005

The 31st annual Rock Canyon Half Marathon is Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at 9 a.m.  This race offers beautiful scenery along the Arkansas River Trail up below Lake Pueblo dam and back to City Park. Our goal is to offer a quality race at a reasonable cost so we limit the event to 750 runners.

No cash prizes,no host hotel or pre-race dinner just an accurate course, beautiful scenery, your finish time and place, music, fun, refreshments (bananas, cookies, doughnuts, Gatorade), finisher's medal, a long sleeve Technical Running Shirt, a digital race photo - all for $45 (early entry rate)

The race will not be cancelled because of the weather so come prepared. Proceeds from this race support local high school track teams.

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Course map and parking:

Course map

Traffic through City Park is one-way so wind around the zoo to the east side of the park near the fountain and round about.  Packet pickup is inside the pavilion (the big building just northwest of the round about/east entrance and fountain) from 7:00 to 8:30. The race begins and ends near the pavilion. Parking is available on the streets within the park, so park wherever you can but watch for "No Parking" signs as some 2011 participants did get ticketed.  Please consider carpooling as parking is somewhat limited close to the race.

Packet Pick up:

Shirts and bib numbers with timing chip attached will be available:

  • Friday, December 1st from 2-6 pm:  at The Spirit Store/Imprinted Sportswear at 4225 N Elizabeth St.
  • Saturday, December 2nd from 7:00-8:30 am before the race at City Park Pavilion, 800 Goodnight Ave.
Race details

Water Stops:
There will be 7 water stations. The first has only water. All the rest will have water and Gatorade. Located approximately 2, 4, 5.75 , 7.5, 8.25, 9.75 and 11.5 miles (odd distances but we have to put water stops where we can drive a car). The first water stop is in City Park and a good place to drop off clothes if you find you have overdressed. You are welcome to drop off clothing at all water stops but the water stop volunteers will not return to the pavilion until the last runner has gone by. If you throw clothing anywhere else on the course you may not see it again.

We have been blessed with great weather 8 out of the last 10 years but be prepared for anything. Pueblo is located in the "banana belt" of Colorado.  When it is snowing all around we tend to remain dry, which is great for runners but bad for lawns. Come prepared for snow and wind then be pleasantly surprised by the great weather we have in December in Pueblo. However, having a run in December is a gamble, we have never cancelled in 28 years and we intend to run this race regardless of the weather.

Long Sleeve Technical Running Shirt:
Shirts are assigned as you enter the race, so the sooner you enter the more likely you will receive your shirt on race day. There will be men's and women's sized shirts. Please be sure to select your size accordingly. Entries after November 21st midnight are not guaranteed a race shirt.

Honorary Bib Recognition

BIB 261:  

In 1967, Katherine Switzer entered the then "male only" Boston Marathon using the disguise "K.V. Switzer" and was given Bib # 261. The Race Director at the time actually tried to physically remove her from the course thinking a marathon was too dangerous for a woman.  But Switzer endured and finished the race.

That day is seen by the running community as a seminal moment in the advancement of women's running in the United States. Today over 50% of all entrants in running races are women and the Southern Colorado Runners Club is blessed to have many wonderful women as members who contribute to both the club and the community.

In 2014, Southern Colorado Runners club began a tradition of recognizing one female member who epitomizes the opportunities available to women in running and has made a meaningful contribution to the Pueblo community by awarding the honorary bib #261 to her. See our current and past recipients of the Honorary Bib 261 here.

BIB 1:

For 20+ years, Dave Diaz served as race director for the Rock Canyon Half Marathon.  Due to his hard work and vision, the race has become a premier late season race destination in Colorado. After the 2013 race, Dave handed over the reins and start enjoying running the race.  The Southern Colorado Runners recognizes Dave's many contribution to our running community by forever retiring Rock Canyon Race Bib #1. If Dave chooses to run the race, he will wear the special #1 and, if not, it will be unavailable to other participants.  If you see "Bib #1" during the race just wave and say "Thanks Dave!" because without him we wouldn't be able to enjoy this wonderful event.

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