A new course this year. In 2008, racers had to walk from the parking lot/registration area almost a mile to the actual starting line, which only fit about 4-5 people abreast. This meant a rather slow start for anyone who didn't start near the front, unfortunately. The first 3-4 miles are on hard-packed dirt around a couple of ponds, which was pleasant - afterwards, it switches to the shoulder of the county roads for miles 4-11. The new course is point-to-point and finishes in Boyd Lake State Park, with the last mile on a windy concrete path.
A couple more remarks:
- not enough water stops (only three for the entire course)
- terrible organization of transportation back to the parking lot from the finish line; they had one 15-passenger van making constant trips for hundreds of runners.
- boring (but technical) long-sleeve shirt
- age group prizes were a free pair of Mizunos for winners and $7 off for second place. Kind of a big difference.
- fast, flat course in late fall = excellent chance for PR
I wouldn't run this again unless I wanted to set a PR, mostly because there wasn't much that was interesting or memorable about the race. That being said, it's one of a very few options if you want to run a 1/2 marathon in Colorado this time of year.