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Golden Leaf Half Marathon

September; Aspen, Colo.
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Timed to coordinate with the annual fall color explosion — remember, the changing of the leaves, much like the weather, can be a fickle thing — the course always delivers a rollicking good time. After enduring an initial climb up Snowmass ski mountain, racers ride a route, full of twists, turns, rocks and stream crossings, on Government Trail, across Buttermilk ski mountain and through grassy meadows before ending in Aspen’s Koch Park. This event marks the last glimmer of summer, making for a celebratory post-race party vibe that trickles through the ski town.

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