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The Colorado Marathon is a gorgeous race held annually in Fort Collins, Colorado. This year’s race will take place on May 5, 2019. Registration opens on July 1, 2018 for our 5 races (marathon, half-marathon, 3-person relay, 10k, or 5k). All marathons that have a certified course are Boston qualifiers. Our course happens to be one of the most successful at providing qualifying performances. The Colorado Marathon is an environmentally conscious event, thus we will only have online registration in an effort to reduce the environmental impact of paper waste and other resources. Thank you for your support!

The Colorado Marathon has qualified roughly 16-18% of all Boston qualifiers entrants each year.

Whether you’re visiting for a day or a week, Fort Collins offers you plenty of choices for fun. We’ll show you where to shop, where to hike, and where to dance. For more information about Fort Collins, Colorado, visit the Fort Collins Web Site.

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Running to Glory: The Colorado Marathon’s Double Win as RRCA State Champion

Running to Glory: The Colorado Marathon’s Double Win as RRCA State Champion

The Colorado Marathon, home to the 2024 RRCA State Marathon Championship

We are thrilled to announce that the Colorado Marathon has been selected as the 2024 RRCA Colorado State Marathon Championship for two consecutive years. We are honored to receive this prestigious designation from the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), which recognizes our commitment to grassroots, community-driven running and athleticism.

Being chosen as the RRCA Colorado State Marathon Championship is a true honor for us. It adds extra meaning to the Marathon distance and provides valuable support for our event. Additionally, we are grateful for the race recognition and the additional swag and awards for the winners. Keep reading to learn more about why we were chosen for this award and to learn more about the RRCA Championship Event Series!

The Colorado Marathon: A Community-Driven Race

The Colorado Marathon has been a beloved event in the running community for over 20 years. Each May, our race takes place in the beautiful city of Fort Collins, Colorado, and in the Poudre Canyon to the west of the city. Our scenic marathon and half marathon courses showcase some of Northern Colorado’s untamed beauty. Moreover, our downhill race has been heralded as “The Fastest Marathon in Colorado.”

Colorado Marathon runners wearing RRCA State Marathon Championship bibs

The scenic downhill 26.2 and 13.1 courses have a net elevation loss of 1200 feet, offering runners stunning mountain scenery, which makes this race a favorite for the “50 State” runners and others looking for an alternative to another urban marathon. Additionally, the Colorado Marathon has qualified roughly 16-18% of all Boston qualifier entrants each year.

We also have 10k and 5k distances. These out-and-back courses meander through the beautiful natural areas of Fort Collins near the Poudre River. We pride ourselves on being a well-organized event that champions runners of all abilities, gives back to the community, and is committed to sustainable racing.

 

The RRCA Award Selection

The selection process for RRCA Championship Events considers various factors, including size, course, reputation, charitable giving, accessibility, and impact on the running community. According to RRCA Program Director Andy Smith, the Colorado Marathon excels in all of these areas. We are proud to be recognized for our dedication to these standards.

Three female runners finishing the Colorado Marathon

Your Home to the 2024 RRCA Colorado State Marathon Championship

The RRCA Championship Event Series aims to promote and support local running events across the country. The Colorado Marathon team is honored to be part of this series and to represent the spirit of grassroots running in our beautiful state. We look forward to hosting the RRCA Colorado State Marathon Championship in 2024 and showcasing our amazing community to runners from all over the state and beyond.

We can’t wait to welcome everyone to Fort Collins for another unforgettable race experience. See you in May!

4 Self-Care Tips for Runners

4 Self-Care Tips for Runners

Runners at the Colorado Marathon to illustrate self-care for runners

Running is a physically demanding, high-impact sport. Whether you’ve got 10 marathons under your belt, or you’re training for your very first 5K, a good self-care routine is essential to preventing injury. Our friends at Kaiser Permanente have created this helpful resource offering a few self-care tips that will help keep you healthy and happy throughout the training process!

Self-care tips for runners to help prevent shin splints

Help Prevent Shin Splints

Shin splints can be the painful and bothersome result of training too intensely, too soon. Try these exercises to help strengthen the muscles around the tibia (the shin bone).

Duck Walks

For each set, walk 20 to 30 feet on your heels:
– Toes turned out (duck-toed)
– Toes turned in (pigeon-toed)

Calf Stretch (Pyramid Pose)

From a standing position, step the right leg back 2.5 feet. Be sure all ten toes and both hip points face forward. Fold forward over straight legs. Hands can rest on the ground or blocks for support. Switch legs when ready.

 

Post-Run Yoga Poses

Yoga can be a runner’s best friend. Try these simple poses after a run to help release tension and keep the body flexible. Hold each pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side.

Runner’s Lunge
Stack the right knee over the ankle. Come to the pinky edge of the right foot. Place padding underneath the extended left knee if needed. Hands or forearms come to the mat. Maintain a straight spine and don’t forget to breathe. You should feel this in the hip flexors and quads. Switch sides when ready.

Female runner doing post-run yoga

Wide-leg Forward Fold
Ground down through your sit bones. Legs are engaged, and toes point straight upwards. Engage your core as you hinge from your hips to fold forward. You should feel the stretch across your groin, hamstrings, and lower back.

Figure 4 Stretch
Lying on your back, plant the soles of your feet on the ground. Cross the right ankle over the top of the left knee. If you’d like to intensify the stretch, reach through your legs and clasp your hands around the hamstring or shin of the left leg. You should feel this in your glutes and piriformis muscle (underneath the glutes).

Hamstring Stretch
Lying on your back, extend your right leg into the air, and extend your left leg long on the mat. Keep your low back rooted down into the ground as you clasp your hands around the hamstring of the right leg. Keep your shoulders and neck on the ground. Slowly, pull the leg towards you until you reach the threshold of your flexibility. Hold here and breathe. Switch legs when you’re ready.

Epsom salt baths are a great way practice self-care for runners

Epsom Salt Baths

Epsom salt baths are great after a training session. Try adding 4 cups of Epsom salts to warm/hot water and soak for at least 20 minutes. The magnesium content of the salts helps to ease inflammation in tissues and joints, and thus can help to reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Add essential oils for an extra relaxation effect.

Self-Massage

Regular self-massage can be a powerful tool to help eliminate muscle adhesions before they become an issue and to help prevent injury. All you need is a simple tennis ball!

It’s important to remember that more is not necessarily better, and that while sensation is okay, pain is a clear indicator to back off. Be sure to listen to your body as you perform these exercises.

Check out a few of the muscle groups that can benefit from self-massage:

Self-massage is a great way runners can practice self-care

Feet
To target the plantar fascia, gently roll the tennis ball across the sole of your foot. This can be done standing or seated if the pressure is too intense.

Upper Back and Shoulders
Place tennis ball between spine and shoulder blades. Adjust pressure according to comfort.

Glutes
Come to a comfortable seat. Begin by placing the tennis ball underneath your sit bones and roll gentle circles. Use your upper body to help dictate a comfortable pressure. Roll slow circles upwards and then along your iliac crest (hip bone) to help release the soft tissue.

IT Band
Most folks use a foam roller to work out their IT bands. This can be a great tool! However, a tennis ball can be just as useful to release this band of connective tissue.

Enjoy All the Benefits of Self-Care for Runners

As you train for the Colorado Marathon, be sure to make self-care a part of your routine. Doing so can help prevent injuries, optimize your performance, and keep you feeling your best throughout the process. For more self-care tips for runners and to explore health plans, visit Kaiser Permanente today!

How to Train for a Spring Marathon During Winter

How to Train for a Spring Marathon During Winter

Are you gearing up for a spring marathon? Perhaps the Colorado Marathon in May? But struggling to stick to your training routine during the often unpredictable winter weather in Colorado and beyond? Fear not, fellow runners, as we have you covered with helpful tips on training for a spring marathon during winter! Shorter days, frigid temperatures, snow, and ice bring their fair share of challenges, but there are many ways to plan your training regimen and stay on track with your goals year-round. Keep reading to learn more, and register for the upcoming springtime race in Fort Collins to secure your spot!

Man running the Colorado Marathon, a spring marathon in Fort Collins, CO

Use the Right Cold Weather Running Gear

Winter running gear is a crucial component of successful cold-weather training. Investing in proper protective clothing can help you stay warm, dry, and comfortable. When temperatures are low, layers are key. A moisture-wicking base layer is a must to keep sweat off your skin and prevent chills. On top of that, add insulating layers, like a fleece or wool layer. Running tights or pants are also useful for keeping your muscles warm during long runs. Finally, make sure to top it all off with a wind- and water-resistant jacket to keep out the elements. Don’t forget to protect your hands, ears, and head as well! Stop by our race sponsor Runner’s Roost in Fort Collins to browse all the winter running gear you need to get started.

Create an Indoor Exercise Routine

When conditions outside are rough, modifying your training to include indoor workouts is a great way to maintain your fitness while staying safe and warm. Activities like treadmill running, strength training, swimming, and yoga have significant benefits for runners. They help build and maintain your strength, balance, stability, and endurance, which are all necessary for successful and rewarding competition in a marathon.

Compensate With Cross-Training

Missing out on a planned run does not mean you need to give up on your marathon dream. Supplementing your runs with other cardiovascular exercises such as stationary biking, rowing, or elliptical workouts can help offset lost mileage while maintaining and improving your stamina and endurance. Try to integrate cross-training activities throughout your entire training plan so that you don’t have to start all over again each winter.

Find an Alternate Running Route

When the weather conditions aren’t safe, it’s tough and risky to run on unplowed paths. Some areas might be too snow-packed or icy to run on, so scout different places where the plows tend to frequent. This way you’ll always have an alternative if your usual path or street isn’t plowed or the sidewalks haven’t been shoveled. Even if it means running shorter loops on alternate paths, you can still get in a good post-storm workout to stay on track.

Embrace Outdoor Winter Activities

Winter is a great time to spice things up and try out some new outdoor activities. Even if it’s too icy and dangerous to run, there are still plenty of ways to stay active and keep your routine up. Try snowshoeing on your usual running path or cross-country skiing in your neighborhood park or golf course. Shoveling snow is also a great workout for your arms, core, glutes, and legs, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with your inner snowplow. Escaping the gym and taking a break in nature can do wonders in invigorating your soul and your workouts!

With these tips and strategies, you can power through any weather challenges that come your way and stay on track to run your spring marathon. There’s no set formula to train for a marathon in unpredictable weather, but with dedication, the right gear, and a pinch of creativity, you’ll cross the finish line with flying colors. The key is to make winter training the ideal foundation for crushing your marathon goals! So train smart, stay safe, and don’t forget to have a little bit of fun along the way. We’ll see you at the Colorado Marathon starting line in May!

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