BRECK CREST ULTRA, 25.5 MILE MARATHON, HALF MARATHON & 10K-September 5, 2021

WELCOME!

The Breck Crest is on for September 5, 2021!

We have two pieces of big news to share with you this year:

  1. We are adding an ULTRA distance. An Ultra has been requested for a few years and, despite the fact that we’ve always felt that the level of difficulty of the Breck Crest Marathon makes it “ultra”, we do recognize it does not measure out at 26.2 miles let alone the sport’s recognized Ultra distance of 50K. So, we’ve decided to go for it. That said, we are going to “walk before we run” on this concept by combining the 10K and the Marathon courses. The order of business for Ultra Runners will be 10K course first, come through the Start/Finish for a time split, then head out on the Marathon course.
  2. For a variety of reasons, we have decided to move the Start/Finish to the Maggie Restaurant in the Village at Breckenridge. The Maggie, at the base of the Quicksilver Chairlift, is merely 3-4 blocks south of the Riverwalk. This new Start/Finish means ZERO PAVEMENT in all 4 distances. Also, the Breckenridge Ski Resort is providing indoor facilities, a sun deck, AND the Maggie Pond is immediately adjacent to the finish for a good leg-soak after you finish.
    To accommodate this new Start/Finish (and to create an Ultra course at 50K) the Marathon course has been lengthened to 25.5 miles. For those of you familiar with the Marathon course, you will CLIMB on Peak 8 at the Breckenridge Ski Resort AFTER you finish the Peaks Trail. I realize the level of difficulty of this course is already high. However, the extra climb is on service road with one short steep section. And the reward is a beautiful descent on moderate single track to the finish.

Thank you for visiting the Breck Crest website and please feel free to shoot me an email with questions!

Sincerely,
Jeff Westcott
westy@mavsports.com

START TIMES +COURSE MAPS + DESCRIPTIONS

START TIMES
Ultra-7:00am
10K-7:05am
Marathon-7:30am
Half Marathon-7:35am

2021 Breck Crest Course Descriptions

Course maps for the 10K, Half Marathon, and Marathon are posted below.
The Ultra course will be a combination of the 10K and Marathon.

10K Course Map on Strava

 

HALF MARATHON Course Map on Strava

 

 

 

MARATHON Course Map on Strava

IMPORTANT RACE INFO and CUTOFF TIMES

CUT-OFF TIMES (Marathon and Ultra)
Cutoff location is Aid #2 which is Mile 7 for the Marathon and Mile 13.5 for the Ultra.
Marathon cut-off  9:50am-(allows for an average of 3.00 mph/20 minutes per mile
Ultra cut-off 10:30am (allows for an average of 3.8 mph/15.5 minutes per mile)

If you are a marathoner, and just not having a day, you may convert to the Half Marathon at this location. Anyone converting from Marathon to Half will not be eligible for Half Marathon podium awards as these two distances start separately. If you change courses PLEASE MAKE SURE you get this recorded at Aid 2…this is important!

TREKKING POLES
Trekking poles are allowed!

PETS
Not allowed

COURSE MARKINGS
The course will be clearly marked with yellow coroplast rectangles and/or pink ribbon. The areas closer to town will be more heavily marked with the arrows. Areas up high and away from town will be marked more heavily with pink ribbon.

VOLUNTEERS
We are in need of a few volunteers to help with AM course check, Course Sweep/teardown.
If anyone in your group is not racing, and wants to help for a few hours, please share my email address. Thank you.

REGISTRATION/PICK-UP

ONLINE REGISTRATION (service charges apply)

Entry Fees:
10K- $45
Half Marathon- $65
Marathon- $85
Ultra- $95

On-site Registration
Saturday, September 4, 3:00-6:00pm at The Maggie Restaurant, site of the Start/Finish
Sunday, September 5, beginning at 6:00am at The Maggie

Entry includes:
One of the most premier courses in Colorado
Aid Stations stocked with Honey Stinger energy foods, Skratch Labs Hydration Drink and a variety of salty snacks
Event Tech T-shirt
Finisher Medals for Ultra, Half and Full
Top 3 Overall Male and Top 3 Overall Female in each of the 4 distances.
1st Place in every age group for 10K and Half with Top 3 Overall removed (no age group awards for Ultra and Marathon, Top 3 Male and Female only)
Cash Prizes for Ultra and Marathon Top 3 Overall Male and Female (no cash prizes for the Half Marathon):
1st Place $200
2nd Place $100
3rd Place $75
Two-way Personal Item Bag Delivery service to all but one Aid Station
Post-race finish line refreshments including pizza from Fatty’s Pizzeria, bagels from Cool River Coffee and much more

PICK-UP/CHECK-IN
Bib pickup/check-in will be on Saturday, September 4, from 3-6pm at The Maggie Restaurant
You may also pick-up on race day, Sunday, September 5 at the Start/Finish beginning at 6:15am.

 

PARKING

There are many parking options close to the venue.
All of them are free BEFORE 10:00AM. And many of them are free AFTER 3:00pm.

The closest in-town parking is in either F-Lot or Beaver Run Resort
F-Lot is free before 10:00AM, free after 3:00PM, only $.50 for hour 1, $1.00 for hours 2 and 3, and $1.25 for each of hours 4 and more.
You can pre-pay by using the kiosk at the lots or by downloading the Passport Parking App.

Beaver Run Resort offers no Free parking however prices are reasonable at $.50 for hour 1, $1.50 for 2 hours, $3.50 for 3 hours on up to $7.00 for 7 hours.

The closest FREE parking is at the Stephen C. West Ice Arena; a 10-15 minute walk to the Start/Finish. If you choose to park at the Ice Arena, use the lots to the east. Also, there is Free Ride bus service from here.

For those wishing to do the deep dive on parking here is a link to breckpark.com.

AID STATIONS/PERSONAL BAG DELIVERY and RETURN

The locations and distances are:
Aid #0-ULTRA and 10K at Mile 6.3/Finish line. Then Ultra competitors head out on the Marathon course.
Aid #1-ULTRA Mile 10.5, MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON Mile 4.2. Intersection of Spruce Creek Road/Wheeler Trail
Aid #2-ULTRA  Mile 13.5, MARATHON and HALF MARATHON at Mile 7. Intersection of Wheeler Trail/Peak 9 Road
Aid #3-ULTRA Mile 16.7 and MARATHON at Mile 10.2. Back-side of Ten Mile Range on Miners Creek Trail (no bag service to this one)
Aid #4-ULTRA Mile 21.8 and MARATHON at Mile 15. Upper Miners Creek Trailhead
Aid #5-ULTRA Mile 26.3 MARATHON ONLY at Mile 20.5. Peak 7/8 Service Road/base of Peak 7 

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  Ultra, Marathon and Half Marathon. 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 until the next aid station and discard them there.

You may also leave any items you wish at an aid station and we will bring it back to the Start/Finish for you. Some aid stations return quite late in the day. We leave unclaimed personal items overnight at the Start/Finish in a bin. You may come grab later in the day or first thing Monday morning.

AWARDS

Top 3 Overall Male and Top 3 Overall Female in each of the 4 distances.
1st Place in every age group for 10K and Half with Top 3 Overall removed (no age group awards for Ultra and Marathon, Top 3 Male and Female only)
Finisher Medals for the Half, Marathon and Ultra

Award Presentation Times (subject to minor change based on finish times):
9:15 10K Age Group winners and Top 3 Overall Male and Female
11:00 Half Marathon Age Group Winners and Top 3 Overall Male and Female
1:00 Marathon and Ultra Top 3 Overall Males
1:15 Marathon and Ultra Top 3 Overall Females

Cash Prizes for Top 3 Overall Male and Female in the Ultra and Marathon (no cash prizes for the Half or 10K)
1st Place-$200
2nd Place-$100
3rd Place-$75