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Grand Valley Marathon

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Marathon, Half Marathon, 10 K, 5 K
Palisade, Colorado
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The Grand Valley Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 10K and 5K are made possible by Mammoth Marathons. We are a Non-Profit Organization made up of three race directors and many volunteers. These races were designed to work in conjunction with the Palisade Bike Classic to encourage the whole family to come and participate in a great day of activity, regardless of their interest or running ability.

The Grand Valley Races allow runners to see some of the most historic and scenic areas in the Grand Valley. Runners get to run along the Colorado River, the base of the Grand Mesa (largest flat-topped mesa in the world), the historical town of Palisade and the famous blooming orchards. This inaugural run provides a little something for everyone.


Course Description
Marathon Course
The course begins and ends at 4,725ft. On this up-and-back course, starting in the historic city of Palisade and running along the river until the bridge at mile 2. The course then runs along the base of the Grand Mesa and through the orchards and vineyards to the turnaround point. For the most part, this course gradually ascends and descends throughout the race. There is a hill on mile 4 that climbs 195 ft. as you ascend a scenic overlook of the Grand Valley, but whatever it takes from you will be returned on mile 21.
The aid stations are marked on the course map and will start at mile 3 and will be about every 2 miles apart. There will be port a-potties along the course and at the start/finish lines.

Half Marathon Course
The course begins and ends at 4,725ft. On this up-and-back course, you start in the historic city of Palisade and run along the river until the bridge at mile 2. The course then runs along the base of the Grand Mesa for a couple of miles until you hit the orchards and wineries to the turnaround point. For the most part, this course gradually ascends and descends throughout the race. There is a hill on mile 4 that climbs 195 ft. as you ascend a scenic overlook of the Grand Valley, but whatever it takes from you will be returned on mile 8.
The aid stations are marked on the course map and will start at mile 3 and will be about every 2 miles apart. There will be port a-potties along the course and at the start/finish lines.

10K Course
The course begins and ends at 4,725ft. On this up-and-back course, you start in the historic city of Palisade and run along the river until the bridge at mile 2. The course then runs along the base of the Grand Mesa to the turnaround point. This is one of the faster courses because it gradually ascends and descends throughout the race. Whatever it takes from you will be returned.
The aid stations are marked on the course map and will start at mile 3 and 5. There will be port a-potties along the course and at the start/finish lines.

5K Course
The course begins and ends at 4,725ft. On this up-and-back course, you start in the historic city of Palisade and run along North River Road to the turnaround point. This is the fastest course because it gradually ascends and descends. The best part is that it descends on your return. There will be port a-potties at the start/finish lines.
 
 

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