Platte River Half Marathon

Platte River Half Marathon

Platte River Half Marathon

( 5 reviews )
100% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Littleton,
    United States
  • April
  • 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, Relay
  • Road Race

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Platte 1/2 Marathon and Buckhorn Exchange Relay has been voted Best 1/2 Marathon, Best Swag and Best Post Race party in Colorado! Come run this fast 1/2 marathon and then celebrate with us with live music, beer provided by Breckenridge Brewery and lunch provided by The Buckhorn Exchange Restaurant and other vendors. After celebrating we will give you a light rail pass to get back to the start! Register now using code BIBRAVE10 to save 10%.


Westminster, Colorado, United States
30 6
"Great spring race to kick off the running season!"
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Abbie 's thoughts:

This was my first year running the Platte River Half Marathon, and I was impressed! The week leading up to the race, there was an email sent out letting the runners know to check the website for final race instructions, which was a good reminder. They offered three different packet pick-up days (Friday or Saturday at Runner's Roost, Sunday at the race) and had representatives from Honey Stinger giving out samples. The process was simple and easy! The long-sleeved race t-shirt is nice, but for the spring, I'd prefer a t-shirt.

The day of the race, it was really easy to find parking. There were two bigger lots, but we chose a street spot that was only a block away so my boyfriend could drive over to the finish. He didn't have any trouble finding a spot within a couple blocks of the finish line, either. There were a ton of Port-a-Potties near the start line, so the bathroom line moved quickly.

The race started in five waves, which helped us get a bit spread out and it wasn't as packed as it usually is when you have 1500+ runners starting at once. The beginning of the course ran around town and then headed out to the Platte River Trail. It was a cool, cloudy day, so it was perfect racing temps!

The Platte River Trail has some dirt and gravel, but is mostly paved. There are some small uphill/downhills underneath roads, but overall it's mostly flat and scenic along the river. Around mile 12.5, there is quite a hill going up and over an overpass, but the perk is that you get to come downhill and then cruise around a corner to the finish line.

At the finish line, I got a big medal and *another* swag bag with a glass and a bottle opener. There was plenty of water and signage so I knew where to go to find the expo. It was a couple blocks down the road, but again, easy to find. At the expo were plenty of samples of nuun, Noosa yogurt, Skinny Pop popcorn, and a few others. There was beer and food as promised (hot dogs, burgers, mac & cheese). The expo was right next to the RTD station, which was the way back to the start line where most people parked, but as I mentioned above, my boyfriend picked me up, so I didn't experience that. Runners were supposed to be able to ride the RTD back for free.

Overall, this was a well-organized race, a lovely course at a great time of the year, and I highly recommend it!

Thanks for running the Platte River 1/2 Marathon! I am glad you enjoyed your day and took advantage of all of the amenities! Your comments are much appreciated and helpful in planning next year's race. Have a great spring! Happy Training!

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