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Alley Loop Nordic Marathon

February 5, 2022

Alley Loop 2021 logo
Presented by
Fischer Skis Logo

February 5th, 2022

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.


2022 Event Registration
will open online
October 1st, 2021

THURSDAY – 2/4/21
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m –  Wax Service drop off at the Crested Butte Nordic Center
Noon – 6:00 p.m. –  Virtual 1k & 3k at the Crested Butte Nordic Center – Submit results in person or online here
Noon – 6:00 p.m. –  Bib Pick-Up at the Crested Butte Nordic Center

FRIDAY – 2/5/21
8:00 a.m. – Noon – Wax Service drop off at the Crested Butte Nordic Center
Noon – 6:00 p.m. –  Virtual 1k & 3k at the Crested Butte Nordic Center – Submit results in person or online here
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Bib Pick-Up at Town Ranch Trailhead (drive through)
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Bib Pick-Up at Jorgensen Park, Gunnison (drive through)

SATURDAY – 2/6/21
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – Race Starts (42k’s & 21k Classic) – Elk Avenue
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. –  Virtual 1k & 3k at the Crested Butte Nordic Center – Submit results in person or online here
11:00 a.m. to Noon –  Race Starts (21k Skate) – Elk Avenue
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Bib Pick-Up at Town Ranch Trailhead (drive through)
5:00 p.m – Virtual Awards & Raffle on Facebook Live

SUNDAY – 2/7/21
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. –  Virtual 1k & 3k at the Crested Butte Nordic Center – Submit results in person or online here
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Race Starts (10k Freestyle) – Elk Avenue
11:00 a.m. to Noon – Race Starts (5k Freestyle) – Elk Avenue
4:00 p.m – Virtual Awards (10k, 5k & Youth 1k/3k)  &  Costume Prizes on Facebook Live

Youth – 1K & 3K competitions will be held in a virtual race format this year.
Racers will submit self-timed results to the Nordic Center Front Window anytime within the competition window –
Thursday (2/4), Noon to Sunday (2/7), 3:00 PM.
Athletes may repeat their race, submitting as many finish times as they desire over the course of the weekend.

All awards will be presented virtually as Facebook Live events.
42k & 21k Presentation  – 5:00 p.m. (2/6)
10k & 5k Presentation – 4:00 p.m. (2/7)

A Raffle Drawing for all registered race participants will be held in conjunction with Saturday’s award presentation.
Raffle prizes will be drawn based on randomly chosen bib numbers (42k, 21k, 10k, 5k).  A list of drawn bib numbers will be published post raffle.

2021 – Raffle Prizes

Costume Awards will be presented at Sunday’s award presentation.
(read more below)

Event Awards & Prizes may be claimed at the Crested Butte Nordic Center during normal business hours.
Awards will not be mailed.

42k’s finishing in under 3 hours receive
Sub 3-Hour Marathon Achievement Medal

42k’s  &  21k’s
Top 3 Male & Female – Fischer Gift Voucher
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10k & 5k
Top 3 Male & Female – Custom Prize Package

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

Submit Youth Results Online

Age Class Awards
Winners receive a Commemorative Pint Glass

42k, 21k, 10k & 5k:

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
1 – 7
8 – 11
12 – 14

Costume Awards
An official panel of judges will document costumes on course, posting photos of best Individual & Group contenders to CB Nordic social media throughout the weekend.
If you wish for your costume flare to be considered for judging,  document your costume and post to social media with #Alley Loop2021

Awards will be presented at Sunday’s (2/7) – 10k & 5k Award Presentation – 4:00 p.m.

Super Looper Award

A single Grand Prize Package will be awarded to the top individual with the lowest cumulative finish time across 78k’s of racing.

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 2021 Alley Loop cap.

 Browse volunteer duty times & locations via the button below.

Still have questions? Check out our FAQ page for the 2021 event.

Alley Loop kids race winners on podium
Costumed Alley Loop racers leaving the start
Youngster dressed as a rocket at the Alley Loop start

Lodging Partners

Choose custom lodging that’s right for you. Our Lodging Partners support CB Nordic in myriad ways; we encourage you to support them, too! Email marketing@cbnordic.org to get your discount code after you register.

Supporting Partners
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Coldwell Banker Mountain Properties color logo
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Odlo brand logo - white


February 5, 2022
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