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Summer Outdoor Experiences Expand in Aspen with Marathons, Mountain Races, Sporting Events, and Adventure Programs


Summer Outdoor Experiences Expand in Aspen with Marathons, Mountain Races,  Sporting Events, and Adventure Programs

ASPEN, Colo. (April 20, 2018) – Throughout the summer and fall, Aspen, Colorado hosts numerous outdoor races and events from cycling to high-altitude trail running, as well as sporting events in rugby and volleyball. In addition to the outdoor races and sporting events, there are numerous experiences offered by local guiding services to tailor an Aspen experience completely to visitors’ interests and skill-level, from beginning to expert.

Summer Races:

  • Power of Four Trail 10K, 25K & 50K Run, July 28 – The Power of Four Trail Race Series offers three different races in Aspen Snowmass including the 10K, 25K, and the challenging 50K Ultra that covers the four Aspen Snowmass mountains.
  • Power of Four Mountain Bike Race, July 29 – This unique mountain bike race combines single and double track trails across the four ski areas of Aspen Snowmass into one challenging course.
  • Aspen Backcountry Marathon, Aug. 11 – The Aspen Backcountry Marathon route is exclusively on high country dirt trails in the beautiful backcountry with views of the Elk Mountains and the city of Aspen.
  • Grand Traverse Mountain Run & Bike, Sept. 1-2 – The annual Grand Traverse Mountain Run & Bike will take place on a fully supported trail from Crested Butte to Aspen, a 40-mile course. Participants may choose to do the race solo or as a team of two. The races will start in downtown Crested Butte on Elk Avenue and finish at the base of Aspen Mountain.
  • Golden Leaf Half Marathon, Sept. 22 – Named by Trail Runner as one of “America’s 14 most scenic races”, the Golden Leaf Half Marathon on Sept. 22 is a race like no other. It gains 970 feet in elevation on a narrow, winding single-track before peaking out at 9,400 feet above sea level.


Sporting Events:

  • Motherlode Volleyball Classic Aug. 29- Sept. 3 – Nearly 700 teams from all over the country come to Aspen to compete in the 46th annual Motherlode Volleyball Classic, one of North America’s largest and most popular beach volleyball events.
  • Aspen Ruggerfest Sept. 13-16 – The 51st annual Aspen Ruggerfest returns to town in September. This is the only all-ages, full-contact rugby tournament in the world, with teams from around the country competing for the championship title.


Adventure Programs:

Hiring a professional guide from a naturalist to a mountaineer is a great way to quickly and safely gain new skills for outdoor adventures and explore the Aspen area from a new perspective. Aspen has many professional guiding services including the following:

  • Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) offers a variety of daily programs including free daily tours at the Maroon Bells, on Aspen Mountain and at Snowmass with an ACES naturalist guide. ACES naturalist guides are also available to hire at a price of $50 per hour for guided, personalized adventures that can be tailored to the groups athletic ability and interests, including geology, fauna and flora and more. ACES can provide transportation as well as snacks and lunch.
  • Professional guiding service Aspen Alpine Guides offers a full roster of year-round mountain guiding adventures as well as technical mountaineering instruction. Their most popular adventures include the “Leave the Boys Behind,” guided 14’er (a peak higher than 14,000 feet) peak climbs, and backcountry overnight hut trips.
  • Aspen Expeditions offers private and group lessons and courses in mountaineering and rock climbing. Aspen Expeditions is the only slope slide Dynafit Test Center in the Roaring Fork Valley, and they operate a full backcountry shop at Aspen Highlands.
  • Water lovers take to the rivers on a variety of equipment including whitewater rafts, kayaks and stand up paddleboard with Aspen Kayak and SUP Academy, Aspen Whitewater Rafting, Blazing Adventures and other local outfitters.
  • Guided cycling can be enjoyed with a number of outfitters including Aspen Cycling Tours, Blazing Adventures, and Sun Dog Athletics. Bike Butlers is a local bike rental delivery that also provides shuttle service pick-up.


For additional event listings for the summer season, check out the online summer events calendar.






Aspen, Colorado is an authentic mountain town that combines a year-round outdoor lifestyle with a cosmopolitan cultural calendar and busting downtown ambiance. An endless array of arts, culture, dining, and nightlife give Aspen an urbane feel that belies its small-town charm. An Aspen vacation is a mind, body, spirit experience, whether learning a new skill, feeding a fascination, or simply absorbing the mountain spirit.


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For visitor information, visit www.aspenchamber.org, or call 1.888.290.1324 or 970.925.1940.


4th of July Parade Waiver


PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  


  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.


The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).


                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.


                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.


   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this



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