This isn’t some Dutch angle. Trust me, Sue’s not that good a photographer. This is the slope of the final stretch toward the finish line down N. Oak Street in Telluride for the Imogene Pass Run. Better down than up.
I can tell you this too. By running conservatively on the top half of the hill, we were able to seriously unwind the final couple of miles into town. I rarely put on a kick in 10Ks let alone half marathons and marathons, so this was special. The slope-aided speed reminded me of sprinting when I was young. What a kick.
The Denver Marathon this Saturday has a sensible finish as I recall. There’s a sizable downhill somewhere in the final mile. Maybe, they’ve changed the course along the last 10K. But I don’t recall there being any vomit-inducing uphill near the finish line like in so many Colorado events. And that includes Moab where the final 3 miles are uphill. Don’t even get me started on the Bolder Boulder hill up into Folsom Stadium. That’s insane. Fairly certain Denver has a flat finish. So the rare downhill finishes are fine from time to time.