Basalt triples up on foot races Saturday
July 4, 2012
BASALT – A combined 400 to 500 athletes are expected to run in a trio of foot races that end in Basalt on Saturday.
The Aspen Valley Marathon starts at Wagner Park in Aspen, the half-marathon starts at Jaffee Park near Woody Creek, and the five-kilometer run starts and ends in Lions Park in Basalt. The marathon and half-marathon will use the Rio Grande Trail and the Basalt-Old Snowmass Trail. Other trail users should be aware that the running events will affect the routes starting at 7 a.m. and going into the afternoon.
There will be a a post-race party at Lions Park in Basalt. A section of Midland Spur will be closed in front of Town Hall. Organizers expect 200 to 300 attendees in addition to the participants. There will be as many as 10 booths and four vendors at an expo at the party. Aspen Brewery is sponsoring the event and will sell brews at a beer garden.
The event was started in 2010 by Katherine “Kat” Fitzgerald, a valley resident and avid runner, and Sean Solon, a long-distance cyclist and organizer of sporting events.
The marathon is a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.
“Our event was the 22nd-fastest Boston qualifying event out of 270-plus marathons in North America in 2011,” the organizers’ application to the town of Basalt said. “We expect this statistic to draw more and more visitors to participate, and this will promote the town of Basalt as a destination resort.”
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Registration closes at noon Thursday. The entry fees are $90 for the marathon, $75 for the half-marathon and $35 for the five-kilometer run. More details are at http://www.aspenvalleymarathon.com.