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Hermit Pass Marathon, Half Hermit & Lucky Hermit 13K

  • Hermit Pass Marathon:- Run 26.2 Miles
  • Half Hermit:- Run 13.1 Miles
  • Lucky Hermit 13K:- Run 8.3 Miles
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Start Time
7:30am marathon
9am Half
10:30am Lucky Hermit
Entry Fee
$75 marathon
$40 Half
$40 Lucky 13K
Hermit Road
3115 CR 160

2015 Hermit Pass Marathon, Half Hermit & Lucky Hermit 13K:

A run from the lush floor of the Wet Mountain Valley at 7, 878’ up to the top of 13,050ft. Hermit Pass in the awesome Sangre de Cristo Mountains (in southern central Colorado) and back makes for a remarkable marathon experience. This is the inaugural event for what will become a Colorado Classic, so be a part of Colorado running history. The Half Hermit course will go up to 10,350+ft. and back, and the Lucky Hermit 13K will make a loop on the rolling valley floor both with awesome views of the Wet Mountains. Family and friends are welcome to enjoy a day at A Painted View Ranch, and the weekend in rural Westcliffe. Proceeds form this event will go to benefit Club America WMV, Custer County’s nonprofit high altitude aquatics and fitness center, providing no cost/low cost programs for kids, seniors, and veterans as well as all local residents and visitors

Course Info

The Hermit Pass Marathon will start at A Painted View Ranch and follow Hermit Rd up to the summit of Hermit Pass and then return down the same route but once back on the county road portion, it will deviate north on to Ute Mesa Trail, to Pines Road and then to Kettle Lane and finish at  A Painted View Ranch.  Elevation gain for the first 11 miles is a gradual steady climb from 7878 ft to 13,050 ft., approx, 5,072 ft.total. The closer the trail gets to the top of the pass, the more rocky and primitive and difficult it becomes. The run down Hermit Road is very tough. THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT COURSE FOR WELL SEASONED AND PREPARED ATHLETES. The final 6 miles is on county gravel road with washboard and loose gravel, but beautiful views of the Valley floor and the Wet Mountains. 

The Half Hermit (Half Marathon) will start at the same point, go up Hermit Road 6.55 miles and return to the starting point without any deviation in the route. The half marathon turn around is not at the top of the pass, but will turn around at about 10,350 ft. altitude on Hermit Road. THIS IS A MODERATELY DIFFICULT COURSE FOR WELL PREPARED ATHLETES.

The Lucky Hermit 13K (8.3 miles) will start at the same point, go up Hermit Road and turn north on to Ute Mesa Trail, to Pines Road, then to Kettle Land and back to Hermit Road, to the finish line at A Painted View Ranch. This is all dirt/gravel county roads with some washboard. The most elevation gain is about 1000’ ft at the beginning and then it becomes gently rolling as it makes the loop back around to the start. THIS IS AN EASY COURSE FOR ALL RUNNERS. 


From Denver area: take 1-25 South to the Tejon/Nevada exit in Colorado Springs, then take Hwy 115 south to Florence. Then take Hwy 67 to Wetmore and turn west on Hwy 96 to Westcliffe. In town, turn south on Hwy 69 and then west on Hermit Lane/Road to A Painted View Ranch (just after paved road turns to dirt road). 

From Walensburg area: take Hwy 69 north through Gardner to Hermit Lane/Road just before you get into the town of Westcliffe. Head west to A Painted View Ranch.

From Pueblo: take Hwy 96 west to Wetmore then continue on to Westcliffe. Turn south on Hwy 69 for a few blocks then west on Hermit Lane (Hermit Road). Follow that to  A Painted View Ranch. 

Other Info

See the website for all current information: www.clubamericawmv.org/marathon .


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