MARATHON OF THE LEGENDS TEAM RELAY RACE and 20K WALKING EVENT
Walsenburg, Colorado, Sunday, August 27, 2017, 7:30 a.m. Start
at Miner’s Plaza, 6th and Main in downtown Walsenburg, Colorado.
Conveniently located on I-25, Walsenburg is an easy drive from Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Denver, Trinidad, Alamosa and Raton, NM.
– Teams ranging from two members up to 11 (the marathon race has 11 legs) can split the 26.2 miles in any way they choose, running a single leg or as many as 10 (even alternating legs). The first leg is 3.7 miles, the middle legs are all 2.1 miles, and the final leg is 3.6 miles. Course details are provided below for the MARATHON OF THE LEGENDS TEAM RELAY.
– Solo runners/walkers can be assigned to a team of “new friends” and we wouldn’t stop anyone from running the entire distance although the championship trophy is reserved for the fastest team.
– Medals and T-shirts will be awarded to the first 50 participants to register and five teams will receive awards.
– Marathon event for ages 13 and up.
– Every effort will be made to enable wheel chair athletes to participate. Call 303-746-3092.
– Continue reading below for course information applicable to the marathon relay race and the walking event.
REGISTRATION: Online registration is available at www.runsignup.com
Under “Find A Race” input the date of 8/27/2017 and specify Colorado. If you do not have a team and want to be matched with others, you may register individually and present your printed registration acknowledgement by 7 a.m. on race day at the 6th & Main starting location. Alternatively, mail in registration is available as noted below with provisions for specifying your team roster. Actual signatures are required to receive a race bib.
– The 20k WALK event will begin at 8 a.m. at Black Diamond Park two miles west of Walsenburg at the south gate entrance to the Black Diamond Park subdivision on the north side of U.S. Highway 160. This is precisely two miles west of the Seventh and Main intersection in downtown Walsenburg. (Seventh Street is U.S. 160.) GPS users may also use the address of 1 Black Diamond Drive, Walsenburg, CO 81089 (or 440 Diamond Head Vista) to guide you to the entrance gate.
– Walking teams consist of two to six members.
– The walking event consists of six 2.1 mile loops of Black Diamond Park (beginning and ending at the Black Diamond Park Office Building). Team members may walk together if they like, but completion of the six legs consecutively constitutes completion of the 20K distance for award purposes.
– Walking/event for ages 10 and up.
REGISTRATION: Online registration is available at www.runsignup.com In addition, mail-in registration is available as noted further below.
GENERAL: Walsenburg is a small town in southern Colorado at the gateway of the scenic and celebrated Highway of the Legends (CO State Highway 12). You can “google it” to identify some of the legends, but we’ll leave it up to you and we invite anyone to run or walk in the LEGENDS COSTUME of your choice if you are so inclined (e.g., traditional Native American dress, Spanish Conquistador, Cowboy/girl and hey, Did Elvis ever make it to town??). There just may be a spirit award for such creativity!
AWARDS: Marathon event – Champion & 2nd and place teams
20 K walk event – Champion
Other – Team Spirit/Legends Contest (See below)
A “Highway of Legends Team Award” will be made based on the following:
Each Team will have the opportunity to identify four legends and/or facts associated with the Highway of Legends (Colorado State Highway 12). The TEAM CAPTAIN turns in the entry form for the team members (found in the Team Captain’s Packet) at the designated place in the area of the RELAY EXCHANGE POINT by 11 a.m. (One entry per team.) The team judged to most CREATIVELY and ACCURATELY reflect the legends and/or facts associated with the Highway of Legends will be the winner of this award.
Finally, there is a saying, “Build it and they will come.”
Based on this, and looking to the future, we anticipate a special championship award to a youth mentoring team!
2016 Mountain Mining Marathon Relay Champion: PUEBLO DYNAMITE – in a time of 3:23:20
Team Captain, Jason Castro / Co-captain Rob Urbina, Eric Castellano, Melanie Steves
East Region Winner: BIG DOG MOTHER RUNNERS – 4:14:20
Team Captain, Rebecca Medina, Marijane Martinez, Gloria Montoya, Kristine Spinuzzi, Wendy Garrison, Martha Drake, Carmen Perez,
Haley Sinclair, Debbie Gurule
West Region Winner: HUERFANO COAL PICKS – 4:27:45
Honorary Captain, LaVelle Valdez, Co-captain, Ryan Parker, J.B. Rodriguez, Ashley Scarcella, Bryan Webb
Mining Spirit Award Winner: EAT MY DUSTERS – 4:31:59
Team Captain, Rochelle Trujillo, Mary Cope, Michelle Camacho, Joe Camacho, Terry Montoya, Lionel Montoya, Neesha Stroh
Fifth Place: TEAM HuerfanOSHA – 4:38:22
Team Captain, Kenny Johnson, Co-captain, Ben Wiley
This race is sponsored by LiveWell Huerfano, dedicated to healthy eating and active living,The Colorado Trust and Spradley Motors with facilities provided by Black Diamond Park.
Race day registrations will be accepted between 6:45 and 7:10 a.m. prior to the final announcements for team captains and lead off runners at 7:15 a.m.
Logistics notes: Please be prepared to see your lead runner off from Miner’s Plaza and to drive your other runners to the Black Diamond Park south gate on the north side of U.S. Highway 160, precisely 2 miles west of the 7th & Main intersection in downtown Walsenburg.
(GPS address: 1 Black Diamond Drive, Walsenburg, CO) Also, while provisions for shading and a limited number of chairs will be available,you may want to bring a portable lawn chair for additional comfort at BDP while legs 2-10 are in progress – as you watch your team climb the Leader Board! Refreshments will be provided at several locations on the course.
Runners will head west on city streets before leaving town on Second Street which becomes County Road 599, bordered by a dirt/gravel bike path. 2.9 miles from the start, the course turns south through a gateway into beautiful Black Diamond Park (BDP) along Black Diamond Drive. Leg 1 is 3.7 miles. After continuing to the south gateway entrance, where all relay exchanges will take place, 9 loops of the paved BDP roads will be completed (2.1 miles per loop) by participants in whatever strategic manner the team choses with the only requirement being that all relay exchanges will take place at the single designated point near the south entrance of BDP. For example, the first leg runner might rest while a teammate does one or more 2.1 mile legs and may then resume participation for any number of legs. (Each relay participant can therefore do as little as one leg and as many as ten.) The final leg of the marathon relay retraces the path of the first leg along the county road/bike path and Second Street, then south on Hendren and east on Fourth to the finish just short of 4th and Main, on the north side of the Huerfano County Courthouse. The final leg is 3.6 miles. Participants will then walk the two blocks back to Miner’s Plaza where refreshments and awards will be available. Still more course details are provided below for those desiring to “scout the course” with more precision.
Get ready for our THIRD ANNUAL EVENT!
Anyone preferring to complete Mail-in registration is accommodated as follows:
Name of TEAM CAPTAIN (Please print.) ________________________________________
Phone number ________________________________________
Mailing address ________________________________________
email address ________________________________________
Name of TEAM CO-CAPTAIN (Print) ________________________________________
Phone number ________________________________________
Entry fee: $10 per participant – maximum of 11.
Free to teams representing bona fide mentoring organizations (such as Boys & Girls Clubs, Scouting organizations and school teams – e.g., Can your offensive football team outrun the defense? Or is your soccer team faster than your football team?!) Contact Race Director Ben Wiley at 303-746-3092 to determine if your organization qualifies for a free entry.
Is your team open to merging with a team needing additional members?
_____ No thanks. _____ Yes.
_______ Match me with a team of runners.
_______ Match me with a team of walkers.
Make checks payable to: WDRC (which stands for Walsenburg Downtown Revitalization)
Mail to: Ben Wiley
P.O. Box 404
Walsenburg, CO 81089
MAILED ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 8/20/17. RECEIPT SHOULD BE CONFIRMED BY calling 303-746-3092.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS: The unique aspect of this event is that participants may complete as few as one and as many as 10 of the race legs in any order desired by the team. The course is composed of paved city streets for approximately one mile, then a dirt/gravel bike path along a county road up to a point that is 2.9 miles into the race. Then, in Black Diamond Park, the course returns to paved surface streets in a nature trail like setting with varied terrain and fantastic views of the Spanish Peaks region. Each loop around BDP is 2.1 miles. The final leg of the race essentially retraces the first leg with the finish line at 4th and Main in downtown Walsenburg. In sum, the person leading off goes 3.7 miles. This is followed by nine legs of 2.1 miles each, and the final person goes 3.6 miles to complete the total of 26.2. The course will be marked with traffic cones with arrows and signs.
Detailed course description (Race packets will include maps, race bibs & pins, etc.):
– Start Sixth St. and Main (Miner’s Plaza).
– West on Sixth to Hendren.
– North on Hendren to Second St.
– West on Second St.
– Second becomes a gravel road which is County Road 599.
– West on the gravel road / parallel dirt bike path.
– 2.9 miles from the start, the course turns left turn onto Black Diamond Drive through a gateway at the end of a wall on the left.
– South on Black Diamond Drive (in Black Diamond Park subdivision) for 8 tenths of a mile (past Diamond Head Vista) downhill to the small office building at the south entrance to Black Diamond Park. Runners/walkers will loop the small office building. All relay hand offs will take place following the loop of the small office building.
– The course continues with 9 counterclockwise loops of the Black Diamond Park subdivision (see subdivision map in the team captain’s packet).
– Following completion of the 9th loop of Black Diamond Park, the final leg of the race will retrace the first leg to the FINISH LINE AT FOURTH AND MAIN STREET (so as not to cross the railroad tracks).
– From the finish line, the participants will walk southward back to the starting point at Miner’s Plaza at Sixth & Main where the awards will be made at 12:30 p.m.
Additional information is provided in a Q & A format as follows:
WHAT’S UNIQUE ABOUT THIS EVENT?
The strategic element associated with the freedom for relay team members to “swap out” runners as frequently as desired. And it’s anyone’s guess whether a pair of reasonably accomplished half marathoners can best a possibly large team of participants inexperienced as runners but with shorter race legs to piece together. I’d bet on…well who knows?!
WHAT IF MY TEAM FAILS TO COMPLETE THE RACE BY THE 12:30 p.m. TIME LIMIT?
There will be no failures in this endeavor. In fact, it is possible to receive an award without completing the 26.2 miles if other teams do not outpace yours in the allotted time.
WHAT IS WDRC?
This is a Colorado 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization with the aim of revitalizing the downtown area of Walsenburg.
Signature denotes acknowledgement of waiver information below.
Print Name on 1st line/Signature on 2nd line. Date on 3rd line
If under age 18, provide signature of parent or legal guardian.
1._____________________________________ ______________________________________/____________ Captain
2.____________________________________ ______________________________________/____________ Co-captain
WAIVER/RELEASE OF LIABILITY
I know that running or otherwise participating in a race of this nature is a potentially hazardous acitivity, which could cause injury or death. I will not enter and participate unless I am medically able and properly trained, and by my signature, I certify that I am medically able to perform this event, and am in good health, and I am properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of a race official to deny or suspend my participation for any reason whatsoever. I attest that I have read the rules of the race and agree to abide by them. I assume all risks associated with participating in this event, including but not limited to falls, contact with other participants, the effects of the weather, including high heat and/or humidity, traffic and the conditions of the road/track/surface, and all such risks being known and appreciated by me. I understand that bicycles, skateboards, baby joggers, roller skates or roller blades, animals, and personal music players are not allowed in the race and I will abide by all race rules. Having read this waiver and knowing these facts and in consideration of your accepting my entry, I for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release the Mountain Mining Days Marathon Relay, the City of Walsenburg, LiveWell Huerfano, all event sponsors, their representatives and successors from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in this event, even though that liability may arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons named in this waiver. I grant permission to all of the foregoing to use my photographs, motion pictures, recordings or any other record of this event for any legitimate purpose.