The Colorado Marathon isn’t just any marathon. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience with scenic views, a downhill course, and an eventful post-race party! Whether this is your first or 100th race, it has something for everyone to enjoy!
The Colorado Marathon is ranked as the fastest course in all of Colorado and the 233rd fastest in the nation. With a maximum starting elevation of 6,113 feet, you’ll soar down the canyon as the elevation drops a total of 1,366 feet throughout the race. As a Boston Marathon qualifier, this race is sure to help you snag a spot in the upcoming event. 15.1% of our finishers in 2022 qualified for the Boston Marathon, giving the Colorado Marathon the 73rd-highest percentage out of all U.S. races so far this year.
How to Train for the Colorado Marathon
Training for a marathon can be time-consuming, but it can also be very rewarding! There are many ways to train for this event – some people prefer to do it on their own while others find that running with a group or coach helps them stay motivated. Some people who have completed marathons before recommend that you should start training about six months before your goal race date so that you don’t get injured or burned out during training.
Here are a few quick tips to help you get started:
1) The most important thing is to start slowly. You can’t just jump right into it, especially if you haven’t been running before. Starting slow will allow your body to adjust and get used to the activity. It will also give your body the opportunity to build up strength and endurance for long-distance runs.
2) Make sure that you’re wearing appropriate shoes that are comfortable on your feet, as well as clothes that are made of lightweight materials like cotton or synthetic fibers.
3) It’s always good to have a workout plan for what you want to do. Consult with a personal trainer or seasoned runner for the best exercises and running programs to help make sure you’re prepared for race day!
Course Layout & Map
Starting at Stevens Gulch and ending at Washington Park in historic Old Town, Fort Collins. The race features a downhill course with scenic views of the Cache la Poudre River, Rocky Mountain foothills, and the Poudre Canyon.
Join in on the Fun!
Be sure to pick up your mandatory race day packet 1-2 days prior to race day. Pick up will be held at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins on Friday, May 5th from 3-7 pm and Saturday, May 6th from 10 am-6 pm.
We hope to see you on race day!