The Alley Loop is not your typical Nordic Marathon… It not only stands as a premier American Birkebeiner Qualifying event, but also celebrated as Crested Butte’s best costume party of the year! The course winds its way through snow-laden streets, alleyways and narrow bridges through the heart of downtown Crested Butte. At any given time you may be cheered by town revelers, find yourself surrounded by gliding Oompa Loompas, or navigating a crazy costume train assemblage… Racers are sometimes forced into making daring passes and depending on their luck, may even get waylaid on a bridge for a brief moment. Once you make it through town, you are rewarded by pristine tracks and exhilarating vistas throughout the Crested Butte Nordic trail network.
If you like normal, you may want to look for another race. If you are up for anything… this is right up your alley!
*** Fluoro Ban in Effect ***
The Alley Loop has adopted a fluornated wax ban for all events.