Casper Marathon

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Below you will find an elevation chart (in feet) by mile, overview maps and descriptions
for the Casper Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay Courses. All races start at the Casper Events Center and finish at the Casper Ramada Plaza Riverside with the majority of the race following the Platte River Parkway.

​NO EARLY STARTS

HAlf Marathon


​General Info - Course Type: Loop, Out & Back
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Surface: 90% Asphalt, 10% Concrete
> Elevation at Start: 5,310 feet
> Elevation at Finish: 5,187 feet
> Aid Stations: Approximately every two miles:
(GU, Water, Gatorade and First Aid Supplies Available)
> Marathon / Marathon Relay Start Time:
6:30 a.m. MDT, (Casper Events Center)
> Half Marathon Start Time:
6:45 a.m. MDT, (Casper Events Center)
​> Medical Support Personnel:
​ Finish line and on course patrols

> ALL Aid Stations: Close at 1:00 p.m.

> Time Limit: 6 hours (13 minute 45 second pace)


Casper Half Marathon Course Description:

T​he Casper Half Marathon course starting line is at the Casper Events Center. The finish line is the host hotel, the Casper Ramada Plaza Riverside. All distances are approximate. This course is not certified.

The course starts at the Casper Events Center. The Events Center is on the bluff above the Platte River and the City of Casper. A large indoor space is available for warm up with pre race water and snacks, coffee and restrooms. The City of Casper, Wyoming, operates the Events Center,and is a Marathon sponsor. Ample parking is available at the Events Center, or for intrepid souls wanting a warm up walk, the Casper Ramada Plaza Riverside finish line is 120 feet and a half mile below the CEC start line. A shuttle bus will run between the Event Center and the Host hotel before the marathon events.
The starting line is located just beyond the statue of city namesake Caspar Collins, the U.S. Calvary officer killed in an Indian battle in May, 1865. The route proceeds along Events Drive, then turns north onto East Road. The course passes the Model Airplane facility and the Casper Speedway,two of a number of City of Casper recreational facilities in the area. Watch for antelope herds in the area. Turn right on East Road past the aid station at mile 1.25 onto Amoco Road, and onto a rolling stretch. To the north is Soda Lake, originally an oil refinery waste water site, now a bird sanctuary. Turn right on Bryan Stock Trail Road at Mile 2.5. The view to the south is of Casper Mountain, elevation 8200 feet. The Mountain is a recreation gem for the City, with downhill and cross country skiing facilities, and mountain bike and running trails. This section of the course drops 120 feet to the Platte River, and the Platte River Parkway aid station at mile 3.4. The remainder of the Half Marathon follows the Platte River Parkway, paved recreational trail operated by the Platte River Parkway Trust, and the recreational trails around the Platte River Commons. This recreational corridor extends 11 miles following the Platte River through Casper. The softball field bridge at mile 3.8 is the second river crossing. The next mile and one half runs through Crossroads Park, an undeveloped park area where Oregon Trail wagon ruts are still visible. Watch for deer and antelope in the area. At mile 5.3 the Crossroads Aid station is adjacent to the Crossroads Adventure Park, a Casper Rotary Centennial Project. The trail passes behind the outfield fence of Mike Lansing Baseball Field. Runners pass the finish area at the Ramada Plaza Riverside and jog back across the Platte at mile 6. After crossing the Platte River and looping beneath
the interstate, the Parkway Plaza comes into view. The course parallels the Platte River and passes several boat launching areas and the Old Town miniature golf course. A loop under First Street leads to another crossing of the Platte River to the Jonah Bank. Look for sculptures along the bank and the fisherman mid river. The oil derrick at mile 6.8/11.8 celebrates the Natrona County oil and gas industry. Oil and gas production spurred the growth of Casper when the famous Salt Creek Oil Field opened in the 1880's. The infamous Teapot Dome Oil Reserve Field, thirty miles north of Casper, was central to a national scandal during President Harding;s administration in 1922. Across the river is the former site of the Amoco oil refinery, which operated from 1910 to 1990. It has been redeveloped into a Platte River Commons Business Park. The Amoco Park aid station is at mile 7.1/11.6. This part of the course parallels the Casper Whitewater Park. There are 5 drops for kayaks, canoes, and other watercraft. Half Marathon runners continue west past the Tate Pump House building, which has been renovated into Platt River Parkway business office. Runners reverse course at Mile 7.5 and return back to the Pump House Bridge, where runners turn right and cross the bridge to the Platte River Commons Business Park trail system. The trail loops right around the Business Park and Three Crowns Golf Course, a Robert Trent Jones designed course. The Railroad Bridge Aid Station is at Mile 8.7, and the Three Crowns Golf Course aid station is at mile 10.5. Runners return across the Pump House Bridge
​and continue to the Amoco Park aid station at mile 11.6. Continue on the trail back to the Casper Ramada Plaza Riverside and across the finish line. Relax, smile, you did it! CONGRATULATIONS!!

Event Course Information

HALF MARATHON AID STATIONS
STATIONMILEAGEINTERVAL
H2O 11.251.25
H2O 23.352.10
H20 35.372.02
H2O 47.552.18
H2O 58.00.45
H20 69.901.89
H2O 711.241.34
FINISH13.111.87


Casper Marathon And Marathon Relay Course Description:


The Marathon and Marathon Relay starting line is at the Casper Events Center. The finish line for the Marathon and Marathon Relay will be at the host hotel, the Casper Ramada Plaza Riverside. All distances are approximate. This course is not certified. The course starts at the Casper Events Center. The Events Center is on the bluff above the Platte River and the City of Casper. A large indoor space is available for warm up with pre race water and snacks, coffee and restrooms. The City of Casper, Wyoming, a Marathon sponsor, operates the Events Center. Ample parking is available at the Events Center, or for intrepid souls wanting a warm up walk, the Casper Ramada Plaza Riverside finish line is 120 feet and a half mile below the CEC start line. A shuttle bus will run between the Event Center and the Host hotel before the marathon.

The starting line is located just beyond the statue of city namesake Caspar Collins, the U.S. Calvary officer killed in an Indian battle in May, 1865. The route proceeds along Events Drive, then turns north onto East Road. The course passes the Model Airplane facility and the Casper Speedway, two of a number of City of Casper recreational facilities in the area. Watch for antelope herds in the area. Turn left on East Road past the East Road/ Amoco Road aid station at mile .75 onto Amoco Road, and up a slight uphill stretch. To the north is Soda Lake, originally an oil refinery wastewater site, now a bird sanctuary. The next left puts you on North Poplar to the Poplar/Events Drive aid station at mile 2.5. The course turns back on Events Drive and the East Road/Amoco Road aid station at mile 4.0. Turn right on Amoco Road leads to a rolling stretch to Bryan Stock Trail road at mile 5. The view to the south is of Casper Mountain, elevation 8200 feet. The Mountain is a recreation gem for the City, with downhill and cross country skiing facilities, and mountain bike and running trails. This section of the course drops 120 feet to the Platte River, and the Platte River Parkway aid station at mile 6.

The remainder of the Marathon follows the Platte River Parkway, a paved recreational trail operated by the Platte River Parkway Trust, and the recreational trails at the Platte River Commons. This recreational corridor extends 11 miles following the Platte River through Casper. The softball field bridge at mile 6.5 is the second of nine river crossings. The next mile and one half runs through Crossroads Park, an undeveloped park area. Oregon Trail wagon ruts are still visible in the park. Watch for deer and antelope in the area. At mile 8 the Crossroads Aid station is adjacent to the Crossroads Adventure Park, a Casper Rotary Centennial Project. The trail passes behind the outfield fence of Mike Lansing Baseball Fields. Runners pass the finish area at the Ramada Plaza Riverside and jog back across the Platte at mile 10.7. From this point on the course is out and back. After crossing the Platte River and looping beneath the interstate, the Parkway Plaza comes into view. The course parallels the Platte River and passes several boat launching areas and the Old Town miniature golf course at Mile 8.5/25.8. A loop under First Street leads to another crossing of the Platte River to the Jonah Bank. Look for sculptures along the bank and the fisherman statute In the middle of the river. The oil derrick at mile 9.5/ 25.3 celebrates the Natrona County oil and gas industry. Oil and gas production spurred the growth of Casper when the famous Salt Creek Oil Field opened in the 1880s. The infamous Teapot Dome Oil Reserve Field, thirty miles north of Casper, was central to a national scandal during the President Harding administration in 1922. Across the river is the former site of the Amoco oil refinery, which operated from 1910 to 1990. It has been redeveloped into a Platte River Commons Business Park. The Amoco Park aid station is at mile 10.2/24.4. This part of the course parallels the Casper Whitewater Park. There are 5 drops for kayaks, canoes, and other watercraft. Marathon runners continue west past the Tate Pump House building, which has been renovated into Platt River Parkway business office. The course continues to the Town of Mills 1st Street Park aid station at mile 11.6/19.7. The next stretch of trail passes behind the WOTCO plant, a manufacturer of huge coal mile hauling equipment. The course crosses Southwest Wyoming Blvd. at Mile 12.5/18.8, and across the Platte River one last time on the outbound loop. On the right is Fort Caspar Park, a city-operated museum containing a wealth of information about the history of Casper, especially the military and immigrant trails. The next aid station is at Morad Park, mile 13.7/17.3. The trail continues through Audubon Park, then past the Wyoming Game and Fish headquarters and BLM Casper office. The trail leaves the river and goes up a short, but steep, little hill to Magnolia Street at mile 15/16.8. A gradual downhill leads to the turnaround point on Paradise Valley Park aid station at Mile 16.

The return trip follows the same route back to the Pump House, where runners turn right across the bridge to the Platte River Commons Business Park trail system. The trail loops around the Business Park and Three Crowns Golf Course, a Robert Trent Jones designed course. The Railroad Bridge Aid Station is at Mile 21.8, and the Three Crowns Golf Course aid station is at mile 23.5. Runners return across the Tate Pump House Bridge and turn right to the Amoco Park aid station at mile 24.7. Follow the trail past the Casper Ramada Plaza Riverside sign and across the finish line. Relax, smile, you did it. CONGRATULATIONS!!

Casper Marathon Relay Course Description:The Marathon Relay course will follow the same course as the Marathon and start at 6:30 a.m. MDT. (Please refer to Marathon course description above.) 
The Relay will consist of five legs and teams can be made up of 2 to 5 runners. Relay Exchange points will be approximately every six miles and will be plotted on the map. (See below for Mileage and locations)

Team Membership: Each team will consist of a minimum of 2 with a maximum of 5 runners. If you make any changes to your team after entering you must notify the race director in writing. Final Team make up will be verified at Packet pick up. There will be no race day registration.

​Each team member must run one complete leg, and any one runner may run up to four legs. However, runners may not run nonconsecutive legs. Relay participants will sport a unique colored bib, to be worn on the front and special relay identification on the back. The timing chip must be worn by the lead off runner and the final runner. Exchanges made outside of designated areas will subject team to disqualification. Only one team member will be allowed to cross the finish line.

Each team is responsible for shuttling runners to the start area, exchange points and the finish area, as well as getting the chip to the final runner at the last exchange point. Careful consideration and planning has been made for the exchange points to have easy access to motor vehicles. ALL RUNNERS ARE ASKED TO BE AWARE AND COURTEOUS OF RELAY RUNNERS AT THE EXCHANGE POINTS. The Casper Marathon reserves the right to alter rules at any time.
MARATHON / RELAY AID STATIONS
STATIONMILEAGEINTERVAL
H2O 11.251.25
H2O 23.131.89
H2O 34.421.29
H2O 46.522.10
H2O 58.542.02
H2O 610.722.18
H2O 711.981.26
H2O 814.012.03
H2O 915.911.90
H2O 1017.811.90
H2O 1119.842.03
H2O 1221.111.27
H2O 1323.011.89
H2O 1424.351.34
FINISH26.221.87


RELAY EXCHANGE POINTS
LEGEXCHANGEMILEAGEINTERVAL
116.5236.523
2210.7474.224
3315.9115.164
4421.085.169
5FINISH26.2195.139


marathon and marathon relay

ELEVATION CHART BY MILE (in feet)
START
1
23
4567891011121314151617181920212223242526FINISH
5310'52995313533753185261520851215180517751445149515251715148520051705159516351665156514351515202515951445135
5187'


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