The Grand Valley Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 10K and 5K are a fund raiser for the Fruit and Wine Byway. We are a Non-Profit Organization made up of race directors and many volunteers. These races were designed to encourage the whole family to come and participate in a great day of activity, regardless of their interest or running ability.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.
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 ft. as you ascend a scenic overlook of the Grand Valley, but whatever it takes from you will be returned on mile 21. The aid stations are marked on the course map and will start at mile 3 and will be about every 2 miles apart. There will be port a-potties along the course and at the start/finish lines.