Photos: Colorado’s Golden Leaf Half Marathon

The Golden Leaf Half Marathon is a late summer/early fall rite of passage for Colorado runners. The trail race between the Snowmass ski resort and the town of Aspen celebrated its 38th edition on Sept. 21 with 1,000 runners in five starting waves. After trudging through the grueling initial 1.75 miles up a grassy and rocky ski slope, runners hit the singletrack Government Trail that rolls downhill for about 9 miles to the edge of Aspen. From there a combination of winding and mostly flat trails takes runners the final 2+ miles to the finish line at Koch Park. Aspen native Rickey Gates avenged four previous runner-up finishes and won the race for the first time (1:26:33), while Crested Butte’s Stevie Kremer (1:37:09) was the women’s winner for the fourth time in the past five years. (Winners pictured in image #32.) Photos: Brian Metzler/Competitor.com

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