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Welcome to the 32nd annual Rock Canyon Half Marathon held Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 at 9 a.m. You will find beautiful scenery as you run along side the historic Arkansas River Trail. You will continue on the trail up to Lake Pueblo's dam and back to City Park. This truly is a must do race! Our goal is to offer a quality race at a reasonable cost so we limit the event to 750 runners. So, be one of the first to sign up!
The Rock Canyon course is accurate, fast, and beautiful. After running your 13.1 miles, you will be greeted with a great assortment of refreshments and amazing cheers from family and friends. Runners this year will receive an embroidered Rock Canyon winter beanie and a Finisher's mug to let you remember 13.1 miles of running fun!
We are excited to be the race directors of our favorite race and can't wait to see all our old friends along with new friends that will be joining us for the first time. Whatever the weather brings us we will not cancel because we know runners love to run! Also, proceeds from the race will help support our local high school track teams.
Sign up, mark your calendar, and get your training plan set. We will see you in December!
Eric & Melanie
PS. Like our Rock Canyon Half Facebook page for the latest for updates!
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.
Beanies and bib numbers with timing chip attached will be available:
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?
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 9 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 canceled in 28 years and we intend to run this race regardless of the weather.
Race results will be found at socorunners.org
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.
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 contributions to our running community by forever retiring Rock Canyon Race Bib #1. 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.
BIB 2: Sheri Giordano
BIB 3: Darryl Clark
Darryl is a top athlete and a top-notch friend. He is all about getting people to run and to have fun. He has worked hard every year on Rock Canyon so that others may have the chance to enjoy the run. There is pride in everything that he takes on, including making the trail as perfect and clear as possible. Thanks Darryl for continuing an exemplary job as race director for the past 4 years.