GRAND JUNCTION, COLO., SEPT. 1, 2017 — New Rim Rock Run participants probably already knew the Rim Rock Run is a beautiful race (the event has twice been voted “Most Scenic Marathon” by “Colorado Runner”), but may not have known that they have to earn those scenic views. The challenging course was highlighted in a recent article on RaceRaves.com entitled “Toughest Road Marathons in North America.”
“In a state that boasts 53 peaks of at least 14,000 feet plus a bevy of high-altitude trail races, the Rim Rock Run may at first blush seem like ‘Colorado Lite,’” the site wrote. “But don’t let its meager max elevation of 6,600 feet fool you; in order to reach the top, you’ll have to climb nearly one-third of those 6,600 feet in the race’s first nine miles.”
Formerly solely a marathon, the Rim Rock Run has expanded in recent years to incorporate a marathon relay and half marathon as well. The course winds up Monument Road and into the Colorado National Monument, then continues 23 miles over Rim Rock Drive before ending in Fruita’s Circle Park.
Half marathon runners have a slightly easier time on the course—their race starts at the monument’s Highland View and is downhill. That doesn’t make it any less challenging, however. RaceRaves.com called the descent “quad-pounding.”
Race organizers like to believe that the gorgeous views along the course make up for the difficulty of the race, and the writers behind RaceRaves.com seem to agree.
“Rewarding your efforts are spectacular, panoramic views of soaring red rock canyons and the towering sandstone formations of Colorado National Monument … While other Colorado races may literally take your breath away, none succeeds in the figurative sense more than Rim Rock.”
RaceRaves.com is a race-ranking site that helps runners find the best races to run. The full article may be found at https://raceraves.com/toughest-road-marathons-us-canada/.
The Rim Rock Run returns to the Colorado National Monument on November 4, 2017. Visit www.RimRockMarathon.com to learn more or to register for the race.
The Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission is a collaborative effort between Colorado Mesa University, the City of Grand Junction, Mesa County, the City of Fruita and the Town of Palisade to promote sport tourism in the community. The organization’s mission is to represent the Greater Grand Junction Area in attracting new and enhancing existing sporting events that capitalize on our assets, positively impact our economy and community, and deliver the highest level of customer service.