The Friends of the Medicine Bow Rail Trail will host the inaugural Med Bow Rail Marathon & Half Marathon on August 14th, 2021! The races will showcase the beautiful Medicine Bow Rail Trail and provide a unique high-elevation racing experience. The marathon course covers the rail trail from end-to-end and averages 8,926 feet in elevation. The trail is a gently graded, wide, gravel path. Marathon participants will follow the course through two states (the trail briefly dips into Colorado after starting just north of the state line) and finish at a serene mountain lake. The half-marathon course mirrors much of the northern portion of the marathon course. Course maps are available on the event web page at: https://medicinebowrailtrail.org/med-bow-rail-marathon-half-marathon/.
All race proceeds will fund trail upkeep and improvement, and the races are intended to promote use of the trail. The event will provide a fun and safe way to experience the trail, both competitively and non-competitively. The race will be open to all-comers. The races will be timed and fully staffed at seven (may be subject to change) aid stations, with a start/finish area at Lake Owen, near Albany, WY. All participants will receive a race t-shirt. Race results will be publicly available on UltraSignup.com.
Marathon: 5 hour cutoff to reach Lake Owen South aid station (19.7 miles); 6 hour cutoff to finish
Half marathon: no cutoff times
Aid stations will supply participants with water, electrolyte drinks, and minimal food items, such as energy bars and chews. Aid stations will comply with COVID-19 regulations in place at the time of the event.
The Medicine Bow Rail Trail
The Medicine Bow Rail Trail is a 21-mile gravel pathway through the Medicine Bow National Forest in the Snowy Range mountains. Completed in 2007, the trail winds through scenic aspen and conifer forests from the Wyoming-Colorado state border to Dry Park along what was formerly the Laramie, Hahns Peak, and Pacific Railroad. The trail is open year-round to bikers, hikers, horseback riders, runners, skiers, and other non-motorized uses.
Local time: 2:22 AM
The Friends of the Medicine Bow Rail Trail, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, supports and maintains the trail. The group cleans up the trail, hosts trail events, and fundraises for trail upkeep. For more information about the trail and Friends of the Medicine Bow Rail Trail, visit https://medicinebowrailtrail.org/.