Event Date: Sunday, May 3rd, 2020

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Marathon

2019 USATF Colorado Marathon Championship

$2,000 USATF Colorado Championship Race Marathon Prize Purse! The Colorado Marathon is part of the USATF Colorado Long Distance Race (LDR) Championship Series (USATF CO). Runners wishing to participate in the USATF Colorado Championship Marathon must have a current and valid USATF membership with the Colorado Association. If you would like to join USATF, please CLICK HERE.

USATF COLORADO PRIZE MONEY FOR THIS RACE IS AS FOLLOWS:

> Open Men and Women: 1st $400, 2nd $200, 3rd $100
> Masters Men and Women: 1st $150, 2nd $100, 3rd $50

> USATF Colorado Masters age group medals will awarded for first, second, and third place in 5 year increments. You do not need to be a USATF member to participate in this race. However, you must be a member of USATF to be considered for USATF Championship awards.

RACE START: 6:30 AM

MANDATORY PACKET PICK-UP


There will be no race day packet pick-up.
Location for 2020 is The Lincoln Center
417 W. Magnolia Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521


Hours:
May 1st 3:00PM - 7:00PM

May 2nd 10:00AM - 7:00PM

Every race participant must pick up their race packet at the Packet Pickup & Expo at The Lincoln Center. Look for the designated Race Packet Pick-up Area.

We are an equal opportunity provider, authorized by special use permit to operate on the land in Roosevelt National Forest.

MANDATORY BUS LOADING


All participants must ride the bus to the start of the race.
Board the event provided FREE luxury buses departing from the South edge of Old Town Square on Mountain Street. The buses will have a restroom on them and eating and drinking is allowed. Upon arriving at the start, all participants must exit the buses.

Marathon Bus Boarding from 4:15AM - 5:00AM

Please be on time. No exception to departure times.

Pick-up Location:
South edge of Old Town Square on E. Mountain Ave. just East of N. College Ave.

Parking Info:
There is free parking in the surface level lot at Oak Street and Remington Street and also in the parking garage at Mountain Avenue and Remington Street.

Participants receiving transportation to start(excluding 10K) by any other means than event provided buses will be disqualified.

Your race bib is your bus pass.

Full Marathon Parking Map

Half-Marathon

RACE START: 6:30 AM

MANDATORY PACKET PICK-UP


There will be no race day packet pick-up.
Location for 2020 is The Lincoln Center
417 W. Magnolia Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521


Hours:
May 1st 3:00PM - 7:00PM

May 2nd 10:00AM - 7:00PM

Every race participant must pick up their race packet at the Packet Pickup & Expo at The Lincoln Center. Look for the designated Race Packet Pick-up Area.

MANDATORY BUS LOADING


All participants must ride the bus to the start of the race.
Board the event provided FREE luxury buses departing from the Fort Collins Transportation Center at LaPorte Avenue and Mason Street. The buses will have a restroom on them and eating and drinking is allowed. Upon arriving at the start, all participants must exit the buses.

Half Marathon bus boarding from 4:30AM - 5:15AM
No exception to departure times.

Pick-up Location:
Fort Collins Transportation Center at LaPorte Avenue and Mason Street

Parking Info:
There is a large, free parking garage available at the intersection of LaPorte Avenue and Mason Street. Participants receiving transportation to start(excluding 10K) by any other means than event provided buses will be disqualified. Your race bib is your bus pass.

Half Marathon Parking Map

10k

Presenting Sponsor


RACE START: 7:00 AM

MANDATORY PACKET PICK-UP


There will be no race day packet pick-up.
Location for 2020 is The Lincoln Center
417 W. Magnolia Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521


Hours:
May 1st 3:00PM - 7:00PM

May 2nd 10:00AM - 7:00PM

Every race participant must pick up their race packet at the Packet Pickup & Expo at The Lincoln Center. Look for the designated Race Packet Pick-up Area.

NO BUS LOADING


Starting Line Location:
Intersection of Mason and Mountain (near Rio Grande Restaurant).

Race begins at 7:00AM
Run or walk the Rio Grande 10k

Strollers are allowed for the 10k only. Dogs are discouraged

5k

Presenting Sponsor


RACE START: 7:00 AM

MANDATORY PACKET PICK-UP


There will be no race day packet pick-up.
Location for 2020 is The Lincoln Center
417 W. Magnolia Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521


Hours:
May 1st 3:00PM - 7:00PM

May 2nd 10:00AM - 7:00PM

Every race participant must pick up their race packet at the Packet Pickup & Expo at The Lincoln Center. Look for the designated Race Packet Pick-up Area.

MANDATORY BUS LOADING


All participants must ride the bus to the start of the race.
Board the event provided FREE luxury buses departing from the Fort Collins Transportation Center at LaPorte Avenue and Mason Street. The buses will have a restroom on them and eating and drinking is allowed. Upon arriving at the start, all participants must exit the buses.

5k bus boarding from 6:00AM - 6:30AM

Please be on time. No exception to departure times.

Pick-up Location:
Fort Collins Transportation Center at LaPorte Avenue and Mason Street.

Parking Info:
There is a large, free parking garage available at the intersection of LaPorte Avenue and Mason Street.

Participants receiving transportation to start(excluding 10K) by any other means than event provided buses will be disqualified.

*Your race bib is your bus pass.

5k Parking Map

Relay

Course Information


The relay legs will be roughly 13.1 miles, 7.7 and 5.4 mile legs.
Exchange Zone 1 will be at the half marathon mark.
Leg 2 runners will be bused to the exchange zone.
Leg 1 runners will be bused back to the finish.
Exchange Zone 2 will be at the Cache La Poudre Middle School.
No busing will be provided for this exchange zone.
Bag check will be provided for Leg 1 and Leg 2 runners.
Leg 3 runners should leave their belongings in their vehicle.

RACE START: 6:30 AM

MANDATORY PACKET PICK-UP


There will be no race day packet pick-up.
Location for 2020 is The Lincoln Center
417 W. Magnolia Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521


Hours:
May 1st 3:00PM - 7:00PM

May 2nd 10:00AM - 7:00PM

Every race participant must pick up their race packet at the Packet Pickup & Expo at The Lincoln Center. Look for the designated Race Packet Pick-up Area.

MANDATORY BUS LOADING


Leg one runners will take the same buses at the same time as the full marathon runners.
Leg two runners will be picked up between 5:45 and 6:00 am from the Fort Collins Transportation Center at LaPorte Avenue and Mason Street. (the same location as half marathon runners). They will then be bused to the half marathon area, which is Exchange Zone 1. This bus will remain in this area and transport leg one runners from Exchange Zone 1 back to the finish line.
The bus will depart from Exchange Zone 1 at approximately 9:45 am.
There is no event provided transportation to or from Exchange Zone 2. Please arrange for your own transportation to and from the Cache La Poudre Middle School.

Parking Info:

Runner One: There is free parking in the surface level lot at Oak Street and Remington Street and also in the parking garage at Mountain Avenue and Remington Street.

Runner Two: There is a large, free parking garage available at the intersection of LaPorte Avenue and Mason Street.

Participants receiving transportation to start(excluding 10K) by any other means than event provided buses will be disqualified.

*Your race bib is your bus pass.

Runner One Parking Map
Runner Two Parking Map

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Marathon

May 3rd, 2020 at 6:30AM

Mandatory Packet Pick-Up

Details

There will be no race day packet pick-up.

Location for 2020 is The Lincoln Center

417 W. Magnolia Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521

Hours:
May 1st 3:00PM – 7:00PM

May 2nd 10:00AM – 7:00PM

*expo ends at 7:00PM on Saturday*

Every race participant must pick up their race packet at the Packet Pickup & Expo at The Lincoln Center. Look for the designated Race Packet Pick-up Area.

We are an equal opportunity provider, authorized by special use permit to operate on the land in Roosevelt National Forest.

Mandatory Bus Loading

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Race beings at 6:30 am

All participants must ride the bus to the start of the race.
Board the event provided FREE luxury buses departing from the South edge of Old Town Square on Mountain Street.  The buses will have a restroom on them and eating and drinking is allowed.  Upon arriving at the start, all participants must exit the buses.

Marathon bus boarding from 4:15 am – 5:00 am

Please be on time. No exception to departure times.

Pick-up Location:
South edge of Old Town Square on East Mountain Ave, just east of N. College Ave. 

Parking Info:
There is free parking in the surface level lot at Oak Street and Remington Street and also in the parking garage at Mountain Avenue and Remington Street.

Participants receiving transportation to start(excluding 10K) by any other means than event provided buses will be disqualified.

Your race bib is your bus pass.

Full Marathon Parking Map

Half Marathon

May 3rd, 2020 at 6:30AM

 

No race day packet pick-up

Details

There will be no race day packet pick-up.

Location for 2020 is The Lincoln Center

417 W. Magnolia Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521

Hours:
May 1st 3:00PM – 7:00PM

May 2nd 10:00AM – 7:00PM

*expo ends at 7:00PM on Saturday*

Every race participant must pick up their race packet at the Packet Pickup & Expo at The Lincoln Center. Look for the designated Race Packet Pick-up Area.

Mandatory Bus Loading

details

Race begins at 6:30 am

All participants must ride the bus to the start of the race.
Board the event provided FREE luxury buses departing from the Fort Collins Transportation Center at LaPorte Avenue and Mason Street.  The buses will have a restroom on them and eating and drinking is allowed.  Upon arriving at the start, all participants must exit the buses.

Half Marathon bus boarding from 4:30 am – 5:15 am

Please be on time. No exception to departure times.

Pick-up Location:
Fort Collins Transportation Center at LaPorte Avenue and Mason Street

Parking Info:
There is a large, free parking garage available at the intersection of LaPorte Avenue and Mason Street.

Participants receiving transportation to start(excluding 10K) by any other means than event provided buses will be disqualified.

Your race bib is your bus pass.

Half Marathon Parking Map

10k

May 3rd, 2020 at 7:00AM

Mandatory Packet Pick-Up

Details

There will be no race day packet pick-up.

Location for 2020 is The Lincoln Center

417 W. Magnolia Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521

Hours:
May 1st 3:00PM – 7:00PM

May 2nd 10:00AM – 7:00PM

Every race participant must pick up their race packet at the Packet Pickup & Expo at The Lincoln Center. Look for the designated Race Packet Pick-up Area.

No buses for the 10k

details

Starting Line: Intersection of Mason and Mountain (near Rio Grande Restaurant).

Race begins at 7:00AM
Run or walk the Rio Grande 10k

Strollers are allowed for the 10k only. Dogs are discouraged

5k

May 3rd, 2020 at 7:00AM

 

No race day packet pick-up

Details

There will be no race day packet pickup.

Location for 2020 is The Lincoln Center

417 W. Magnolia Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521

Hours:
May 1st 3:00PM – 7:00PM

May 2nd 10:00AM – 7:00PM

Every race participant must pick up their race packet at the Packet Pickup & Expo at The Lincoln Center. Look for the designated Race Packet Pick-up Area.

Mandatory Bus Loading

details

All participants must ride the bus to the start of the race.
Board the event provided FREE luxury buses departing from the Fort Collins Transportation Center at LaPorte Avenue and Mason Street.  The buses will have a restroom on them and eating and drinking is allowed.  Upon arriving at the start, all participants must exit the buses.

5k bus boarding from 6:00 am – 6:30 am

Please be on time. No exception to departure times.

Pick-up Location:
Fort Collins Transportation Center at LaPorte Avenue and Mason Street

Parking Info:
There is a large, free parking garage available at the intersection of LaPorte Avenue and Mason Street.

Participants receiving transportation to start(excluding 10K) by any other means than event provided buses will be disqualified.

Your race bib is your bus pass.

5k Parking Map

Relay

May 3rd, 2020 at 6:30AM

 

No race day packet pick-up.

Details

There will be no race day packet pick-up.

Location for 2020 is The Lincoln Center
417 W. Magnolia Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521

Hours:
May 1st 3:00PM – 7:00PM

May 2nd 10:00AM – 7:00PM

One team member can pick up all three packets. Participant must pick up their race packet at the Packet Pickup & Expo at The Lincoln Center. Look for the designated Race Packet Pick-up Area.

Course Info

The relay legs will be roughly 13.1 miles, 7.7 and 5.4 mile legs.
Exchange Zone 1 will be at the half marathon mark.
Leg 2 runners will be bused to the exchange zone.
Leg 1 runners will be bused back to the finish.
Exchange Zone 2 will be at the Cache La Poudre Middle School.
No busing will be provided for this exchange zone.

Bag check will be provided for Leg 1 and Leg 2 runners. 
Leg 3 runners should leave their belongings in their vehicle.

Mandatory Bus Loading

details

Leg one runners will take the same buses at the same time as the full marathon runners.
Leg two runners will be picked up between 5:45 and 6:00 am from the Fort Collins Transportation Center at LaPorte Avenue and Mason Street. (the same location as half marathon runners). They will then be bused to the half marathon area, which is Exchange Zone 1. This bus will remain in this area and transport leg one runners from Exchange Zone 1 back to the finish line.
The bus will depart from Exchange Zone 1 at approximately 9:45 am.
There is no event provided transportation to or from Exchange Zone 2. Please arrange for your own transportation to and from the Cache La Poudre Middle School.
Parking Info:
Runner One: There is free parking in the surface level lot at Oak Street and Remington Street and also in the parking garage at Mountain Avenue and Remington Street.

Runner Two: There is a large, free parking garage available at the intersection of LaPorte Avenue and Mason Street.

Participants receiving transportation to start(excluding 10K) by any other means than event provided buses will be disqualified.

Your race bib is your bus pass.

Runner One Parking Map

Runner Two Parking Map

BAG CHECK AND RETRIEVAL

The start of the Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K will have bag drop available that will be transported and available for pick up at the finish. Please, no valuables or breakable items, and small bags would be appreciated.

The race is not responsible for any items dropped along the course. All items dropped on the course are donated to charity.

For the relay, we will deliver the bags for runner one from the start to the half marathon mark (Exchange Zone 1). We will deliver the bags for runner two from the half marathon mark to Cache La Poudre Middle School (Exchange Zone 2). Runner two is responsible for transporting runner three’s bag to the finish line.

After Party

The Post-Race Party will have bands playing on the stage at Washington Park.

For 2019, Amy and the Peace Pipes will be playing from 8:30 am – 10:30 am and The Swashbuckling Doctors will be playing from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.

The Odell Brewing Beer Garden will be serving four of their locally brewed beers from 7:30 am – 1:00 pm in Washington Park. Participants can get a free beer with the tab on their bib. Additional beer can be purchased for $4 (cash only) with all proceeds benefiting the FoCo Cafe. Please have your ID available to get a wristband either at the Packet Pick-up & Expo or in Washington Park.

Aid Stations

There will be 12 aid stations on the Marathon course and 7 aid stations on the Half Marathon course. They are located at the following Marathon mileage marks (approximate):

Aid Station #1: 2.6 (The Rock Tunnel)

Aid Station #2: 5.0 (Ouzel Day Use Area)

Aid Station #3: 7.2 (Poudre Park)

Aid Station #4: 10.1 (Raft Put In)

Aid Station #5: 12.8 (Green Pipe)

Aid Station #6: 15.3 (Guard Rail)

Aid Station #7: 16.8 (Ted’s Place)

Aid Station #8: 19.1 (Bagel Hill)

Aid Station #9: 21.4 (Lyon’s Park)

Aid Station #10: 23.2 (Taft Hill)

Aid Station #11: 24.2 (Shields)

Aid Station #12: 25.3 (Lee Martinez)

DOWNLOADABLE LIST

Aid Stations will be equipped with: Eldorado Springs Water, Citrus Mango Nuun Endurance Drink, limited first aid supplies, portable toilets, and communication to finish. Honey Stinger Energy Gels and Chews will be available at the Green Pipe Aid Station (mile 12.8) and Bagel Hill Aide Station (Mile 19.1)

BAG CHECK AND RETRIEVAL

The start of the Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K will have bag drop available that will be transported and available for pick up at the finish. Please, no valuables or breakable items, and small bags would be appreciated.

The race is not responsible for any items dropped along the course. All items dropped on the course are donated to charity.

For the relay, we will deliver the bags for runner one from the start to the half marathon mark (Exchange Zone 1). We will deliver the bags for runner two from the half marathon mark to Cache La Poudre Middle School (Exchange Zone 2). Runner two is responsible for transporting runner three’s bag to the finish line.

After Party

The Post-Race Party will have bands playing on the stage at Washington Park.

For 2018, Amy and the Peace Pipes will be playing from 8:30 am – 10:30 am and The Swashbuckling Doctors will be playing from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.

The Odell Brewing Beer Garden will be serving four of their locally brewed beers from 7:30 am – 1:00 pm in Washington Park. Participants can get a free beer with the tab on their bib. Additional beer can be purchased for $4 (cash only) with all proceeds benefiting the FoCo Cafe. Please have your ID available to get a wristband either at the Packet Pick-up & Expo or in Washington Park.

Aid Stations

There will be 12 aid stations on the Marathon course and 7 aid stations on the Half Marathon course. They are located at the following Marathon mileage marks (approximate):

Aid Station #1: 2.6 (The Rock Tunnel)

Aid Station #2: 5.0 (Ouzel Day Use Area)

Aid Station #3: 7.2 (Poudre Park)

Aid Station #4: 10.1 (Raft Put In)

Aid Station #5: 12.8 (Green Pipe)

Aid Station #6: 15.3 (Guard Rail)

Aid Station #7: 16.8 (Ted’s Place)

Aid Station #8: 19.1 (Bagel Hill)

Aid Station #9: 21.4 (Lyon’s Park)

Aid Station #10: 23.2 (Taft Hill)

Aid Station #11: 24.2 (Shields)

Aid Station #12: 25.3 (Lee Martinez)

DOWNLOADABLE LIST

Aid Stations will be equipped with: Eldorado Springs Water, Nuun Performance Drink, limited first aid supplies, portable toilets, and communication to finish. Honey Stinger Energy Gels and Chews will be available at the Green Pipe Aid Station (mile 12.8) and Bagel Hill Aide Station (Mile 19.1)

Training Tips

A marathon is an arduous event and can be dangerous, even under good conditions, if a person isn’t adequately prepared. This program is a gradual expansion of training but is general in its conception and cannot take into account individual needs and differences. At best it is a general guideline and in no way represents the perfect solution to any single individual’s needs.

ALL of the miles in the schedule should be run at an easy effort. An easy effort can be defined as a pace at which you can easily converse with someone running with you. You should be able to talk in easy sentences. The pace should feel very relaxed and comfortable.

Walking breaks are perfectly fine

The goal should always be to run and walk for the complete amount of time allotted for the workout. If you do walk, walk quickly and return to running as soon as you feel the effort level has returned to a controlled, easy level.

Buy shoes that work for your feet and replace them frequently

You can expect to get no more than 400 to 500 miles of running out of a pair of top end running shoes. Many injuries are directly related to worn out shoes so examine yours closely every time you wear them. Look for collapsed mid-soles and worn down out-soles. Use a specialty running store where you’ll find good equipment and salespeople that will find the right shoe for your feet. Wear your running shoes only for running.

Keep a record of your training

A running log is a great way to keep track of shoe wear and monitor your progress. Use a notebook, day planner, or calendar to record your workouts; both what you did and how you felt.

Find a training companion

There’s nothing like shared motivation to help you through a marathon training program. Locate a training partner or group that has similar abilities.

Find a source of information about running

A training partner who has experience with marathons, Runner’s World Online (WWW.RUNNERSWORLD.COM), books, magazines, running stores… all offer information that will help you with answers to problems that might come up.

Hydrate on your long runs

Use a sports drink to help get you through runs longer than 60 minutes. Practicing with the sports drink you’ll be offered in the marathon (Nuun Performance) is always a good idea. Whether you carry a bottle or hide bottles alongside the road, using a replacement fluid can be the difference between a successful long run and a miserable experience. Drink a lot and drink often. You’ll quickly learn how much you’re comfortable with and that will help you during the marathon.

Marathon Office

PO Box 371833

Denver, CO 80237

logan@thecoloradomarathon.com

Volunteer Information

Contact: volunteer@thecoloradomarathon.com