Event Date:

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Start/End Location:

Snowmass to Aspen

Registration Opens: June TBD

June TBD

Presented By:

Aspen Parks & Recreation

GOLDEN LEAF | September 18th 2021 13.1 mile trail race with nearly 1000 ft of elevation gain from Snowmass to Aspen

Registration for the 2021 Golden Leaf will open in June (date TBD)

Ute Mountaineer Golden Leaf Half Marathon Presented by Adidas and the City of Aspen September 18th, 2021

Runners from across the US will descend upon Aspen, Colorado to participate in the much anticipated Golden Leaf Half Marathon.  Chosen by Trail Runner Magazine as one of “America’s 14 Most Scenic Races” and Colorado Runner Magazine as the “Best Half Marathon” in 2008, the Golden Leaf is one of the most beautiful foot races in the Rockies.  In the height of the picturesque fall colors of Colorado, the Aspen Trees will guide runners on this challenging course from Snowmass to Aspen.  The course traverses from Snowmass Village to Aspen on mountain trails and roads with fabulous mountain views.  The trail can be narrow and steep at times with elevation gains of 970 feet peaking at 9,400 feet in elevation. 


Maximum Race Participation: 1000

Cost and Registration: Registration will be  TBD 2021.

(Cost includes lunch, raffle, awards & t-shirt )
Registration fills fast, if you do not get registered and it is full you might watch facebook for racers who will transfer their registration. There is no wait list.

Transfers: Transfers are available until September 8, 2019, for anyone wishing to transfer their registration to another person.  

The City of Aspen has set up a Facebook page to help people hook up for registration transfers.

PLEASE NOTE: The race organizers have the right to disqualify any participant attempting to sell or buy entry (via transfer) into the race at a price higher than the original purchase price. These participants will also be prevented from entering future Golden Leaf Half Marathons. Please read waiver agreement when signing up.

Getting Here:

Directions to Race Start

From Hwy 82, turn south on Brush Creek Rd towards Snowmass Village. Follow Brush Creek Rd until you hit the Main Bus Stop in Snowmass Village. The Snowmass Village Mall is on the same level as the bus stop. Follow the mall to the end. There will be signs directing you to the Westin Snowmass Overlook Room (formerly the Silvertree Hotel) where registration, bib pick-up, etc. is located. The actual starting line is out on the ski area slopes at the end of the mall.

Directions to Race Finish (From Snowmass Village)

Follow Hwy 82 into Aspen where it becomes Main Street. Before the first of 4 consecutive traffic lights (just after the Molly Gibson Lodge and before Paepcke Park) turn right on Garmisch St. The race finish is at Koch Park which is on the fourth block on your right.

Event Information 

“The Golden Leaf Half Marathon is operated under special use permit with the White River National Forest”

“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information is also available in languages other than English.

To file a complaint alleging discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html , or at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provided in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”

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Dear Past Golden Leafers, Unfortunately, we have made the decision to cancel the Golden Leaf Half Marathon for 2020. We’ve looked at a number of ways to hold our event and concluded that it is probably best to give it a rest this year. The complexities and uncertainties of any gathering now are beyond our comfort level. Heartbreaking for sure. We will miss the fun vibe of our trail running friends! The glass half full here is that we will give the trail a break for this year. We encourage you to get out and enjoy the stunning golden leaf season here in Aspen or wherever you hail from! Stay healthy and keep training,The Golden Leaf Team (The Ute Mountaineer and the City of Aspen Special Events Department)Ute Mountaineer City of Aspen GovernmentAspen Special Events ... See MoreSee Less
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***Registration for the Golden Leaf is currently postponed.*** We are waiting for guidance from Pitkin County, the City of Aspen, the US Forest Service, and Mountain Rescue regarding the ability to hold an event in September, the number of participants allowed, and the precautions we will need to take to ensure racer and volunteer safety. We are expecting to have more guidance in the next 2 weeks. Thanks for your patience. ... See MoreSee Less
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Save the date!! Golden Leaf Registration will open on June 18th 11am MT. We will post a link to registration closer to June 18th. Thank you. ... See MoreSee Less
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We've picked the date for 2020! See you September 19th 2020!Registration will open mid April. ... See MoreSee Less
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