Special Event Permit Detail

Application Information

ID: 5892   Event: Rocky Mountain Half Marathon & 5K
Application Date: 07/12/2021    Event Date: 07/30/2021   Thru: 07/31/2021
Organization: Vacation Races   Phone:
Address: 1201 S Hillcrest Dr. Washington, UT 84780
Contact 1 Name: Anna Basso
Address: 2480 Vineyard Dr.
Santa Clara UT 84765
Email: Send email
Contact 2 Name:


Event Information

Permit Type(s): County Road
Website: http://www.vacationraces.com/half-marathons/rocky-mountain
The event is located in Estes Park, CO and will be staged primarily at the Stanley Park (ball fields) & Cherokee Draw on the south side of Lake Estes. The race course will utilize a pedestrian/bike path surrounding Lake Estes, as well as the following county roads:
-Dry Gulch Road (3 miles)
-H Bar G Road (.4 miles)
-Devils Gulch Rd (3 miles)
-MacGregor Ave (.8 miles)
-Wonderview Ave (300 ft)
-Steamer Parkway (.3 miles)
-Steamer Drive (.2 miles)
-Big Thompson Ave/Hwy 34 (.8 miles)
-Lakefront St. (200 ft)
-Raven Ave (.4 miles)

The Vacation Races, Rocky Mountain Half Marathon & 5K is excited to return to Estes Park for it's 8th annual event! This is one of our original events, and we look forward to this race every year to show this community off to both new and existing racers.

On Friday, July 30th we'll host our race expo from 11am - 5pm, located at the large ball field of Stanley Park. At 6:00pm, the 5K and FUN RUN will commence with a course that circles Lake Estes. On Saturday, July 31st, the half marathon will start at 6:00am as runners embark on a challenging yet beautiful course that highlights the surrounding mountains (including views of RMNP), as well showcasing the town of Estes Park. The event should draw roughly 1800 participants, distributed between both the 5K and half marathon race.

Vacation Races is prepared to provide an Operation Plan, course map, and Traffic Control Plan in accordance with the event.
•The Operation Plan includes a detailed course description, staging areas, start and finish line locations, parking, and general guidelines and rules for the event.
•The course map will show course mileage as well as indicate where aid stations will be located. It also displays where EMS services, and toilets will be staged.
•The TCP shows where officers will be located, where cones are to be placed, as well as any special event signage and information boards will be placed to inform both participants and residents of the event. This course will not require a full road closure. Runners will either be on pedestrian paths, a sidewalk running parallel to the road, or along a shoulder where course marshals, cones, or officers will be stages to ensure runner safety as well as proper traffic flow. The Traffic Control Plan has been approved by the Estes Park Police Department.

Emergency Plan: EMS services have been scheduled to be present at both the finish line and at a centralized location along the course in order to answer to the call of any medical emergencies. In addition, race staff will have radios to communicate and assist in any emergencies that are otherwise not life-threatening.

Health Department: The Larimer County Health Dept. has approved this event as no food vendors will be present. In addition, any food being distributed at the race expo or the finish line will be pre-packaged food or otherwise food that has been approved to be handed out (i.e. shelf stable chocolate milk, and un-peeled bananas).

Litter/Cleanup: Vacation Races will supply, manage, and clean-up all forms of waste including, compostable material, recyclables, and trash. In addition, the race staff will pick up all signage that is required to notify the town of the event, within 24 hours of the event.

Estimated Participants: 1800   Estimated Spectators: 1300

Food / Alcohol:
  Food is being served: PACKAGED
 Alcohol is NOT being Served

   Fri. 07/30/2021: 11 AM - 8 PM
   Sat. 07/31/2021: 4 AM - 2 PM


Additional Information Submitted by Applicant

1. Date Submitted: 07/12/2021
Added documents showing a Certificate of Insurance.

2. Date Submitted: 07/13/2021
Included: Separate course route photos for both the 5K and Half Marathon.

3. Date Submitted: 07/13/2021
Added KML files for course routes

Reviewing Agency Comments/Status

Email the Special Events Coordinator regarding this application.


Status: Approved


Email CDOT

Colorado Division of Wildlife

Status: Approved

Comments: Please have sufficient staff/volunteers to manage trash so we don't have problems with attracting bears and other wildlife. Bear resistant containers preferred.

Email Colorado Division of Wildlife

Colorado State Patrol

Status: Approved


Email Colorado State Patrol


Status: Approved

Comments: Route maps received. Thanks!

Email Engineering

Estes Fire

Status: Approved

Comments: Thank you for the opportunity to provide commentary for this special event. Based upon the submitted information, it appears that no specific fire code requirements apply.
Thank You,
Kevin Sullivan
Fire Marshal

Email Estes Fire

Estes Police

Status: Approved

Comments: This event has been approved by the EPPD as long as the organizers fulfill all the EPPD requirements documented in the Town of Estes Park Special Event application.
Lt. Rick Life, 970-577-3872

Email Estes Police


Status: Approved

Comments: There are currently no local public health orders related to COVID-19 and Special Events. Please follow Larimer County's Coronavirus website for the latest information and any new public health orders at the time of the event:

Event coordinators may implement their own policies so long as they are meeting the minimum requirements set forth by the state of Colorado. If you have questions, please contact our Joint Information Center:
=970-498-5500 (open Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm); or,
=text questions: 970-999-1770
=email questions: covidconcerns@larimer.org

It was noted in the operations manual that the aid stations on the County roads will have water, gels, energy drinks, toilets, and trash cans.

Per the event description, other post-race/event foods will be shelf-stable prepacked foods like drinks and fruit. If other prepared post-event food is offered, the food shall be prepared by a Colorado licensed retail food vendor, Larimer County licensed temp event vendor, or a Larimer County nonprofit organization per food safety regulations.

Portable handwashing stations are recommended at any portable toilet stations in the the expo/start/finish area. Restrooms on-site at the fairgrounds have access to handsinks.

Email Health

Larimer County Emergency Management

Status: Approved


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Parks & Open Lands

Status: Approved

Comments: Approved - does not impact LCDNR parks and open spaces - JW 7/13/21

Email Parks & Open Lands

Risk Management

Status: Approved


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Road & Bridge

Status: Approved

Comments: No Conflicts

Email Road & Bridge


Status: Approved

Comments: Will EPPD be providing traffic control for the portions that are in the county?

Email Sheriff

Final Disposition


HI Anna,

Congratulations! Your special event permit has been approved.

Please print the permit and have it available for the duration of the event.

Your approved event shall comply with all Center for Disease Control, State of Colorado and Larimer County Health Department guidelines and rules for social distancing and maximum crowd size that are in place at the time of the event.

Have a great weekend!