Slacker Half Marathon review

Slacker Half Marathon/June 22, 2013/$45 (race day $55)

  • This race is the highest downhill half marathon in the country.
  • It starts in Georgetown, Colorado, this is about an hour outside of Denver.  Not a bad drive if you don’t get a hotel in time.
  • This is no joke seriously downhill.  They do not mess around.  The elevation goes from 10,630 ft to 8400 ft.  over the 13.1 miles.  It’s not really a slacker experience.  Expect to not walk properly the next day.  Or the next.
  • You can register by mail.  That’s pretty unheard of these days.
  • There’s a relay and 4 mile option, too
  • A good sized little race for the mountains,  there were 1,336 runners. It’s popular.

The Expo

  • I missed the expo the night before (if there was one?) I picked up my bib race day
  • Super easy bib pick up morning of at Georgetown Lake.  Couple of guys with card tables and stacks of bibs.
  • Long lines but good humor and it went fast
  • They do have a clothing drop so if you need to leave a jacket they will bring it to the finish line.
  • Charity collection for “Crutches for Africa”.  They were collecting crutches, wheelchairs, walkers, etc.
  • They also benefit the following:
 
 

​Mount Evans Home Health & Hospice

Youth Activities Scholarship Program

Clear Creek-Gilpin Animal Shelter-Spay/Neuter Program

The race

  • start time is 8am but you must be at Georgetown Lake NTL 7:15 for the last shuttle.  They shuttle you to the start.
  • incredibly beautiful course.  Worth all the pain.  So pretty.
  • There were definitely uphills and lots of people walked them.
  • It was, of course, predominately downhill and your quads felt that right away
  • No time limit
  • walkers welcome

Support

  • As I said before it’s mostly scenery, running on the highway, or running on trails.  There isn’t a lot of crowd support.  Though there are certain spots you can have your family or friends cheer you on and those were great to run through.  Crowds were really enthusiastic.
  • Seven water stops and Gatorade offered at four of them

The finish

  • You finish in town in front of the Hotel de Paris Museum.
  • The after party is HUGE.  Tons of vendors, amazing food and everyone there to party after this great experience.
  • The medal is small but the t shirt is awesome.
  • My finish time was 2:32:15.  I walked the last two or three miles.  I walked a young girl in who injured herself and didn’t want to stop but couldn’t run.  We hung out together.  The staff didn’t want her on her own.  She was 13 and it was her 5th Slacker, her 3rd Slacker half marathon.

This was a great race and I highly recommend it but do be aware, it’s not a slacker of a race. You’ll be sore.  But it’s worth it for the experience.  I’ll probably do it again next year.

 

 

 

 

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