BRECK CREST MOUNTAIN MARATHON, HALF MARATHON & 10K

GENERAL INFORMATION

Welcome to the 2017 Breck Crest! September 3, 2017
It all started in 1995 when some hard core mountain goats working for the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center conjured up this awesome event. After the big snow year in 2005, the BOEC decided to move away from the event and we took up the torch after a one year hiatus.  The Breck Crest is quintessential Breckenridge. There’s something special about tackling the “thing” you look up at everyday…the beautiful Ten Mile Range is our backdrop and this course brings you smack into the heart of it.
We love this event and are honored that you have visited the site to check out the information.
Let me know if you have any questions!
Sincerely,
Jeff Westcott
Race Director
westy@mavsports.com

REGISTRATION AND PACKET-PICKUP

There are several ways to Register:

  1. Pre-register online at through Friday September 1st at midnight.
  2. Pre-register in-store at Vertical Runner Breckenridge, 301 N. Main St. Breckenridge, through the end of business day Friday September 1.
  3. Register in-store at Vertical Runner from 4:00-7:30 on Saturday September 2. TO BE CLEAR, the only registration opportunity on September 2 is at Vertical Runner from 4:00-7:30.
  4. Register on Race Day at the Start/Finish beginning at 6:30am for an additional $10.

PACKET PICK-UP
1. At Vertical Runner on Saturday September 2 from 4:00-7:30pm
2. On Race Day at the Start/Finish beginning at 6:30am

 

START TIMES & CATEGORIES

7:30AM All Marathon Competitors.

7:40AM All Half Marathon Competitors

7:50AM All 10K Trail Run Competitors

 


 

The following categories will be offered for Men and Women in all three distances…Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K Trail Run.
19 & Under
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
60-69
70+

 

AID STATIONS & SAFETY

There is 1 Aid Station for the 10K Trail Run, 3 Aid Stations for the Half Marathon, and 5 Aid Stations for the Marathon.

The aid station locations are on the course maps and in the course descriptions.
The locations and distances are:
Aid #1-MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON at 4.2 Miles. Intersection of Spruce Creek Road/Wheeler Trail
Aid #2-MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON at 7 Miles. Intersection of Wheeler Trail/Peak 9 Road
Aid #3-MARATHON ONLY at 10.2 Miles. Back-side of Ten Mile Range on Miners Creek Trail
Aid #4-MARATHON ONLY at 15 Miles. Upper Miners Creek Trailhead
Aid #5-MARATHON ONLY at 20.5 Miles. Peaks Trailhead
Aid #6-10K and HALF MARATHON ONLY-Intersection of Peak 9 Road and Wanderer Trail

Aid Stations will be supplied with Water, Skratch Labs Energy Drink, Honey Stinger Energy Foods and salty snacks
Water and Skratch drink will be dispensed in large drink coolers. Racers may refill personal hydration systems and or use cups that we will provide.

We will provide Bag Drop for Marathoners and Half Marathoners. Simply bring your personal items CLEARLY MARKED with your NAME and the AID STATION you wish to have it delivered to and we will drive it out there for you. Personal bags MUST be delivered to the Start/Finish by 6:45AM the day of the race for you to take advantage of this service. At the actual Aid Stations, personal bags will be set aside and you are responsible for your own feed. The only Aid Station this will NOT be provided for is Aid #3 at the intersection of the Wheeler Trail and the Colorado Trail…it’s just too remote to pack personal belongings to that location!

The key to the aid stations is simple…Use Them! You’ll be glad you did.
Each Aid Station will have radio communication. If there is an issue on course, get to the next aid station if you can. If not, sit tight and wait for course sweep to arrive.
Course sweep will depart immediately after the last start wave.

If you grab a snack at an aid station, we ask that you do one of two things:
1. Consume as much as you want/need in close proximity to the aid station. If you choose this option, you may discard your empty bottle or wrapper in this vicinity and we’ll gladly clean up and lug it out for you.
2. If you choose to “grab and go”, then please hang onto wrappers and bottles until the next aid station and discard them there.

MARATHON TIME CUTOFF

For safety reasons we have established a cut-off time for the Marathon course.
The cut-off point will be Mile 7, Aid Station #2, at the Half Marathon/Marathon Split.
Any marathon racer not reaching this point within 2:20 from the start (9:50am) will be
directed onto the Half Marathon course. This time frame allows for an average speed of 3mph (20 minute miles) over the first 7 miles of the course.
Any marathon racer who does not make the time cut-off, and finishes the Half Marathon, will be re-categorized as a Half Marathon racer and will appear on the Half Marathon results.

PRIZES AND AWARDS

Awards will be presented as follows:
“Finisher Medal” will be presented to all Finishers of the Marathon and Half Marathon

The First Place man and woman in each age group, will receive medals (see category section for age group breakdown). Medals will be given in all three races.

Medals will be given to the Top 3 Overall 10K Men and Women

Cash and Medals will be given to the Top 3 Overall MARATHON Men and Women racers:
1st Place= $400
2nd Place= $200
3rd Place= $150

Cash and Medals will be given to the Top 3 Overall HALF MARATHON Men and Women racers:
1st Place=$200
2nd Place=$100
3rd Place=$75

Approximate times for awards:

9:30 10K Overall and Age Group Awards
11:00 Half Marathon Overall and Age Group Awards
11:15 Men Marathon Overall Top 3 Awards
12:30 Women Marathon Overall Top 3 Awards
12:45 Marathon Age Group Awards

DIRECTIONS & PARKING

FREE Parking is available at the Riverwalk Center lots, directly adjacent to the Start/Finish.
To get there from I-70:
Take Exit 203 in Frisco and head south on State Highway 9 toward Breckenridge…about 9 miles
Upon entering Breck you will go past a 7-11…stay in the righthand lane, continuing south on HWY 9 (Park Ave)
Go straight through two traffic lights…the second light is the intersection with Ski Hill Road
After crossing Ski Hill Road make first left onto Washington Ave…Washington Ave feeds you directly into parking lots.

COURSE MAP & DESCRIPTIONS

ALL COURSES ARE MARKED WITH YELLOW RECTANGLES/BLACK ARROWS AT ALL MAJOR INTERSECTIONS.  PINK FLAGGING IS USED AS CONFIRMATION.
THE 5 MILE SPLIT AND THE MARATHON/HALF MARATHON SPLIT ARE SIGNED AND WILL BE MARSHALLED.

10K TRAIL RUN(Actual Distance = 5.8 Miles)
Click the thumbnails for the 10K Mile Course Map and elevation map.
Note: The profile appears 4.5x steeper than it actually is! See Vertical Exaggeration in lower left corner.

  
10K COURSE DESCRIPTION

Start at the Riverwalk Center and run south on paved path next to the Riverwalk Tent and Box Office entrance.

Cross Adams Ave., stay on paved path, and run past 10th Mountain Division Statue.
At S. Park Ave turn right and run a short distance on sidewalk
Cross S. Park Ave (Police Officer Here) to sidewalk on other side of street
Turn left onto Village Road, staying on sidewalk
Turn left into Beaver Run Parking Lot directly across from entrance to Double Tree Hotel
Run across Beaver Run Parking Lot to dirt service road
Turn right and run uphill on Service Road toward Beaver Run, go through a gap in the Buck and Rail fence on your left and access the Burro Trail.
Run up the Burro Trail, ignoring any small spurs, to “T” intersection…go right…all others go left.
Cross Carter Gulch and turn right onto Flapjack.
Descend through metal gate and go under Falcon Superchair.
Turn left and uphill onto Service road.
Turn right onto Peak 9 to Peak 8 Trail singletrack.
Peak 9 to Peak 8 Trail crosses Service Road…AID STATION HERE.
Continue on Peak 9 to Peak 8 Trail.
Turn right onto Prospector Trail and descend.
Turn left at Peak 9 Storage onto road.
Bear right onto singletrack.
Turn right onto dirt road for a short distance
Turn hard left onto wooden bridge.
At end of bridge turn right and then…
immediately left onto singletrack trail and climb.
At switchback stay straight onto 4 O’Clock Trail.
Turn left off of 4 O’Clock Trail through tall grassy area.
Descend Skiway Skyway.
Run down stairs and through tunnel beneath Highway 9.
At top of steps on other side of tunnel, turn left.
Run on sidewalk, southbound along Highway 9, and turn left onto Ski Hill Road.
Cross Ski Hill Road, with Police assistance, and access paved path behind River Mountain Lodge.
Run paved path to finish at the Riverwalk Center.

BRECK CREST HALF MARATHON = 13.3 Miles
Click this thumbnail for the Half Marathon Course Map and Elevation Profile.
Note: The profile appears 3.4x steeper than it actually is! See Vertical Exaggeration in lower left corner.

 

  

 

HALF MARATHON COURSE DESCRIPTION
Start at the Riverwalk Center and run south on paved path next to the Riverwalk Tent and Box Office entrance.
Cross Adams Ave., stay on paved path, and run past 10th Mountain Division Statue.
At S. Park Ave turn right and run a short distance on sidewalk
Cross S. Park Ave (Police Officer Here) to sidewalk on other side of street
Turn left onto Village Road, staying on sidewalk
Turn left into Beaver Run Parking Lot directly across from entrance to Double Tree Hotel
Run across Beaver Run Parking Lot to dirt service road
Turn right and run uphill on Service Road toward Beaver Run, go through a gap in the Buck and Rail fence on your left and access the Burro Trail.
Stay on the Burro Trail ignoring any smaller spurs. (The Burro Trail is marked with Blue Diamonds)
Run up Burro Trai, ignoring any small spurs to “T” intersection and turn left (south) onto the jeep road.
Cross Crystal Creek Road and stay on singletrack.
Singletrack merges with Spruce Creek Road.
Take Spruce Creek Road approx. .7 miles to AID STATION #1.
Climb Wheeler Trail to intersection of Peak 9 Road AID STATION #2 HERE.
Turn right and downhill onto Peak 9 Road.
Descend Peak 9 Road…a long way…past the Peak 9 Restaurant…zigzag your way across the frontside of the Peak 9 intermediate ski terrain…and turn left onto the Peak 9 to Peak 8 Trail. AID STATION HERE
Continue on Peak 9 to Peak 8 Trail.
Turn right onto Prospector Trail and descend.
Turn left at Peak 9 Storage onto road.
Bear right onto singletrack.
Turn right onto dirt road for a short distance
Turn hard left onto wooden bridge.
At end of bridge turn right and then…
immediately left onto singletrack trail and climb.
At switchback stay straight onto 4 O’Clock Trail.
Turn left off of 4 O’Clock Trail through tall grassy area.
Descend Skiway Skyway.
Run down stairs and through tunnel beneath Highway 9.
At top of steps on other side of tunnel, turn left.
Run on sidewalk, southbound along Highway 9, and turn left onto Ski Hill Road.
Cross Ski Hill Road, with Police assistance, and access paved path behind River Mountain Lodge.
Run paved path to finish at the Riverwalk Center.

BRECK CREST MOUNTAIN MARATHON = 23 Miles
Click these thumbnails for the Marathon Map and Elevation Profile.
Note: The profile appears 5.9x steeper than it actually is! See Vertical Exaggeration in lower left corner.

 

  

MARATHON COURSE DESCRIPTION
Note: The actual distance for the Marathon is 23 miles. For the purists out there wanting a true Marathon…believe me…when you get done with this race, you’ll be glad it was a bit short.

Start at the Riverwalk Center and run south on paved path next to the Riverwalk Tent and Box Office entrance.
Cross Adams Ave., stay on paved path, and run past 10th Mountain Division Statue.
At S. Park Ave turn right and run a short distance on sidewalk
Cross S. Park Ave (Police Officer Here) to sidewalk on other side of street
Turn left onto Village Road, staying on sidewalk
Turn left into Beaver Run Parking Lot directly across from entrance to Double Tree Hotel
Run across Beaver Run Parking Lot to dirt service road
Turn right and run uphill on Service Road toward Beaver Run, go through a gap in the Buck and Rail fence on your left and access the Burro Trail.
Stay on the Burro Trail ignoring any smaller spurs. (The Burro Trail is marked with Blue Diamonds)
Run up Burro Trail, ignoring any small spurs, to “T” intersection and turn left (south) onto the jeep road.
Cross Crystal Creek Road and stay on singletrack.
Singletrack merges with Spruce Creek Road.
Take Spruce Creek Road approx. .7 miles to AID STATION.
Climb Wheeler Trail to intersection of Peak 9 Road AID STATION HERE
You are now truly on “The Crest” of the Ten Mile Range…enjoy the view.
Continue on Wheeler Trail to Miners Creek Trail. AID STATION HERE
Take Miners Creek Trail northbound toward Frisco and to the Upper Miners Creek Trailhead…AID STATION HERE.
Turn right onto Peaks Trail toward Breckenridge.
At the Peaks Trailhead, on the Breckenridge end, turn right onto Peaks Connect Trail. AID STATION HERE.
Peaks Connect Trail runs uphill of Peak 7 Base Area to Old County Road 3
Turn left onto Old County Road 3 and descend to Peak 8 Base Area
Run on pavement past Peak 8 Base Area and access sidewalk on Ski Hill Road
Turn right onto Grandview Drive
Turn left onto Upper Pines Trail
Turn left onto 4 O’Clock
Merge onto Skiway Skyway and descend
Run down stairs and through tunnel beneath Highway 9.
At top of steps on other side of tunnel, turn left.
Run on sidewalk, southbound along Highway 9, and turn left onto Ski Hill Road.
Cross Ski Hill Road, with Police assistance, and access paved path behind River Mountain Lodge.
Run paved path to finish at the Riverwalk Center.

LODGING

Great Western Lodging is the preferred lodging partner for the Breck Crest.
Great Western is offering 10% off published rates this time of year.  A two night minimum is required.  For more info visit www.gwlodging.com.

For other lodging options visit www.gobrecknow.com.  Go Breck Now offers discounted rates for last minute planners.  Don’t have a place to stay and you are coming to Breck within the next two weeks? This may be an option for you!