Sunday September 14th 2008 will see the MountainAir Marathon take place. Runners are invited to “come to the mountains and run our marathon from the historic mining town of Crested Butte, down the East River valley, along the banks of the Gunnison River to a finish in the stadium of Western State College”.

The race starts one mile south of Crested Butte at 8880 feet, runs along Hwy 135 to the finish in the stadium of Western State College in Gunnison (7700 feet). Start is at 7.30am Mountain Time.

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Starting Line Outside CB – The town of Crested Butte (“CB”) is just north of the marathon starting line. A cozy, historic, mining town, CB has become one of the best kept secrets for summer and winter recreation.

Organisers said: “This won’t just be the best marathon you have ever run; it will be a weekend to cherish. You will be in the middle of a Colorado scenic and historic byway that is beginning the transformation from summer paradise to winter wonderland. With a little chill in the air, enjoy the brilliant colors of the quaking aspen trees and the warmth of the people in two great Colorado communities.”

For more information visit www.mountainairmarathon.com.

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“Colorado’s last great ski town” is all abuzz. Once the holdout of elite athletes, former hippies, and powder dropouts, down-to-earth CB is attracting a new crop of young families and telecommuters looking for a laid-back and affordable alternative to glitzier counterparts like Telluride and Aspen.”

So says Outside Magazine (August 2008) which has just voted Crested Butte #9 in its “Best Towns 2008″ feature on “20 great American towns that have withstood hard times and reinvented themselves as havens of the good life”. We tend to agree!

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