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Alley Loop Nordic Marathon

February 5, 2022

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February 5th, 2022

The Alley Loop is not your typical Nordic Marathon… It stands both as a premier American Birkebeiner Qualifying event, in addition to being Crested Butte’s most outrageous 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.  You’ll find yourself cheered by town revelers as you navigate a crazy gliding costume assemblage…  Racers are sometimes forced into making daring passes and depending on their luck, may even get waylaid on a bridge for a 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.

2022 Registration is OPEN!

Event Price Tier Schedule

FRIDAY – 2/4/22
8:00 a.m. – Noon – Wax Service drop off – Crested Butte Nordic Center
3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Walk-up Registration & Bib Pick-Up  –  Queen of All Saints, Parish Hall

SATURDAY – 2/5/22
7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Late Registration & Bib Pick-Up  –  Queen of All Saints, Parish Hall
9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – Race Starts (42k’s/ 21k’s / 10k ) – Elk Avenue @ 2nd. Street
10:30 – Noon – Late Bib Pick-Up – Crested Butte Nordic Center
12:10 p.m. –  5k Race Start – Elk Avenue @ 2nd. Street
12:15 p.m. –  1k & 3k Youth Race Start – Elk Avenue @ 2nd. Street
3:00 p.m – Awards Banquet & Raffle – BONEZ , 103 Elk Ave

SUNDAY – 2/7/21
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – USCSA Collegiate Race Starts (5k Classic) – Ruthie’s Run

Start Times
9:00 a.m. – 42K CLASSIC  (3rd Lap CUT-OFF 12:00 p.m)
9:05 a.m. – 21K CLASSIC
9:20 a.m. – 42K SKATE  (3rd Lap CUT-OFF 12:20 p.m)
9:25 a.m. – 21K COLLEGIATE
9:26 a.m. – 21K SKATE
9:35 a.m. – 10K 
12:10 p.m. – 5K
12:15 p.m. – 3K & 1K

Awards Banquet & Raffle
3:00 PM at BONEZ

42k SKATE Purse
– Male & Female –
1st – $1,000
2nd – $750
3rd – $500
4th – $250
5th – $100

– Top 3 Male & Female –
Combination Fisher & Odlo Prize Packages


*All 42k’s finishing under 3 hours receive a
Sub 3-Hour Marathon Achievement Bell


21k,10k & 5k Podium
– Top 3 Male & Female –
Combination Fisher & Odlo Prize Packages


1k & 3k Youth
Every participant awarded a Finisher Medal
Top 3 Male & Female – Podium Medal

Age Class Awards

42k, 21k, 10k & 5k
Winners receive a Commemorative Pint Glass

Age Categories
8 – 15
16 – 19
20 – 29
30 – 39
40 – 49
50 – 59
60 – 69
70 – 79
1k  & 3k Youth:
Winners receive a commemorative Wax Scraper
Age Categories
1 – 7
8 – 11
12 – 14

Costume Awards
An official panel of judges will document costumes displayed on course.
Curated prize packages from local businesses will be presented to outstanding group and individual costumes.


Wax Service

Limited quantity of Wax Service Reservations are offered by Boulder Nordic Sport.
Reservations can be made through Online Race Registration,
or by calling the CB Nordic Front Desk at 970-349-1707

Non-Fluoro Race Wax – $49
Application of base layer glide wax + liquid race glide wax (non-fluoro).


– Drop Off & Pick Up Process –

Skis should be dropped off at CB Nordic Center Front Desk,
Alley Loop week – 8 AM to 6 PM.
Deadline to drop skis for service is Friday (2/5) at Noon.

Finished skis will be available for pick-up:
Saturday (2/6), 6:00 AM, inside the CB Nordic “Cat Barn”

Wax Recommendations

Fluoro-free wax recommendations for the 2021 Alley Loop will be listed here.

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Those wishing to reserve equipment for the Alley Loop may do so through Gearo.

Adult season passholder or other discounts do not apply.  The only exception is child season passholders, who always get free rentals.

Anyone who has reserved equipment through Gearo for the Alley Loop may pick up their equipment the evening before their race from 4:30 – 6 pm.  If you’d like to take advantage of this, please indicate your desire in the notes of their Gearo reservation. Day-of pick up is also allowed.

Equipment must be returned the day of your race by 5 pm.

We depend on close to 100 volunteers to pull together this very
atypical nordic ski race…

To ensure Alley Loop success, we’re seeking an army of  Course Marshals, Bib Distributors, Start & Finish Line marshals & Soup Tent Servers

Every volunteer receives a commemorative 2022 Alley Loop beanie.

 Browse volunteer duty times & locations via the button below.

Supporting Partners
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