Registration Information (TBD)


***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.


1. Create an events.com profile prior to registration opening.
2. Be ready to register at 11am Mountain Time – using the link above. The online portal will only allow you to register yourself when you are in the portal.
3. Once you have entered the events.com portal, the first 1000 people to finish their registration and checkout will be registered for the race. If the race participation cap is reached while you are still filling out your registration, you will receive a message that the race is sold out when you try to check out.

Race Registration will close once the 1000 person spots have been taken.Last year this happened within 3 hours of the start of race registration.  Once the cap has been reached, race registration is available through transfer only (please see below). A waiting list will not be taken.

Race Registration Insurance

Race registration insurance is available thru events.com when you register. This insurance program is optional and is unaffiliated with the organizers of the Golden Leaf Half Marathon (the Ute Mountaineer and the City of Aspen). Please read the policy to understand the coverage. You will receive a policy coverage confirmation email from Ticket Guardian. Please keep a copy of this email in the event you need to make a claim. The Ute Mountaineer & the City of Aspen cannot answer any questions regarding this insurance.

Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search & Rescue (CORSAR) Card

Pitkin County requires that all participants obtain a valid CORSAR card for the date of the event. These are available in Aspen at the Ute Mountaineer and the Tenth Mountain Hut Association. Or they can be purchased online – please click here.

Race Registration Transfer

Transfer of registration from one person to another costs $20 and will be allowed thru September 6th. There are two ways to transfer:
Paper Transfer: The following needs to be delivered all together to the Ute Mountaineer, 210 S. Galena St, Aspen, CO 81611 by Sunday, September 6th:
1) a letter from the original participant stating the transfer, the name of the new participant & contact info of original participant.
2) A completed registration form for the new participant with the waiver signed by the new participant.
3) a $20 transfer fee (cash or check made out to the Ute Mountaineer). To download a pdf registration, click here.
******Please do not deliver these three items separately-we cannot be responsible for lost pieces of the transfer requirements.
Online Transfer: It is possible to transfer your registration through your events.com account if you used the events.com portal to register. Under the Golden Leaf event, go to Manage Registrations and choose Transfer. You can request the transfer be sent to another person if that person has an events.com account also.  The person accepting the transfer will be charged a $20 transfer fee by events.com. The registration fee of $85 for the person transferring in will not be charged by events.com, nor will a refund be issued by events.com to the person transferring out. The registration fee exchange must be arranged privately between the two parties.

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

The new participant will have to reimburse the original participant for any race fees. Refunds will not be issued by the race organizer. Any transfer information that is not complete or is received at the Ute Mountaineer after September 6th will be sent back to the return address on the envelope.

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.

Maximum Race Participation / Waves

Maximum Participation: 1000


Due to the number of participants, 6 wave starts will be used. The waves will start 5 minutes apart: Wave 1 @ 8:30, Wave 2 @ 8:35, Wave 3 @ 8:40, Wave 4 @ 8:45, Wave 5 @ 8:50, Wave 6 @8:55. You can determine which wave you are in when you pick up your bib or check back here for wave postings on Wednesday, September 16th. Wave placement will be based on historical and estimated finish times. All registrations received after Sunday 9/8 may be placed in a later wave if other waves are full. Once waves are assigned, there will be no changes made. Historical Time: Previous Golden Leaf times will be used for wave placement unless the runner has has not participated in this event before. Historical times will be looked at for all competitors.

Estimating Your Time: Typically you can add 30 minutes to road half marathon with no elevation gain (more if you are unaccustomed to an elevation of 8000 feet). Another way to estimate your time is to compare yourself to how racers finished in 2018. Out of 768 finishers in 2018, the following results were achieved: 1st place – 1hr 26min; 50th place – 1:56; 100th place – 2:05; 192nd place (top 1/4) – 2:17; 384th place (middle of the pack) – 2:34; 576th Place (top 3/4) – 2:52. Please try to be realistic with your time as this will allow the waves to work properly and reduce congestion on the course.

If a time is not entered, participant will be placed in the final wave.

Race Cancellation

The Golden Leaf has been cancelled 2 times in 39 years (in 2006 & 2016) – due to snow and treacherous conditions. Under such conditions, every effort will be made to hold the race, but the director reserves the right to delay, shorten or even cancel the event. There is also the possibility that the United States Forest Service can cancel the race if the trail conditions could lead to irreparable damage to the trail or safety issues. There will be no refunds in the event of race cancellation.


For registration questions not answered by this website, please contact paul@utemountaineer.com. Please do not request entry into the race once registration has closed due to filling the race participation cap of 1000 people.

Aid Stations/Cut-off Times

As this is a RUNNING RACE, There are 3 cut-off time locations where runners will be asked to exit the race if they do not meet the given times: 1st Aid Station (1.75 mi.)=40min.; Where Government Trail leaves the Elk Camp Ski Area Rd(4 mi.)=1hr 10min; 3rd Aid Station(10.5 mi.)=3 hours.