Lace up your running shoes and head down to Palisade on Saturday, May 9. There's a new marathon day for the town. The Grand Valley Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K races are designed to work in conjunction with the Palisade Bike Classic to encourage the whole family to come and participate in a great day of activity, regardless of their interest or running ability.
According to Mammoth Marathons, the web site of the race organizers, the Grand Valley Races:
"allow runners to see some of the most historic and scenic areas in the Grand Valley. Runners get to run along the Colorado River, the base of the Grand Mesa (largest flat-topped mesa in the world), the historical town of Palisade and the famous blooming orchards. This inaugural run provides a little something for everyone."
"The course begins and ends at 4,725ft. On this up-and-back course, starting in the historic city of Palisade and running along the river until the bridge at mile 2. The course then runs along the base of the Grand Mesa and through the orchards and vineyards to the turnaround point. For the most part, this course gradually ascends and descends throughout the race. There is a hill on mile 4 that climbs 195 feet as runners ascend a scenic overlook of the Grand Valley."
"The aid stations are marked on the course map and will start at mile 3 and will be about every two miles apart. There will be porta potties along the course and at the start/finish lines."
"Each person to complete the race will receive a custom medallion. Special awards given to the top three men and women overall finishers."