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Horsetooth Half Marathon

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Informazioni Horsetooth Half Marathon

Sixty-five miles northwest of Denver, Fort Collins straddles Colorado’s topographical divide. Look east and the plains stretch endlessly; turn around and the foothills of the Rockies begin their rise.

Though Fort Collins serves as the foil to Colorado’s other Front Range college town, Boulder, the town’s status as the underdog is a bit unjust. Sure, the landscape isn’t as dramatic, the university isn’t quite as prestigious and it doesn’t have the granola-crunching socialist cultural cache, but the bicycle-packed streets of Fort Collins exude an unpretentious magnetism. This former farming community has developed into a city with lovely little pockets, especially near the Colorado State University (CSU) campus and the refurbished historical buildings of Old Town. Fort Collins! Home to the Horsetooth Half Marathon.

Voted the state’s number-one half marathon by Colorado Running Magazine readers.

Welcome to the annual running of the Horsetooth Half Marathon. Your race will take you on a scenic point-to-point journey from Hughes Stadium, the home of the CSU Rams, to the finish line party at New Belgium Brewery. On the way you’ll tackle the challenging hills of Centennial Drive along the shoreline of the shimmering Horsetooth Reservoir, before you head for the famed finish line party on the downhill Poudre River recreation trail. Whether an elite runner or a first time half marathoner, the Horsetooth Half Marathon offers a challenging yet surprisingly fast course, with a net loss in elevation.

Distanze

Horsetooth Half Marathon

  • 21,097km

Informazioni pratiche

Postazioni di Pronto Soccorso

Aid stations will be stocked with water and VFuel Endurance Drink. First-aid kits and a porta-potty will also be available at all aid stations. There will be a total 5 aid stations along the course, located at: Mile 2.8 (Mid-Reservoir) Mile 4.8 (Reservoir Ridge Trailhead) Mile 8.5 (Lyons Park on Overland Trail) Mile 10.3 (Taft Hill Road Crossing) Mile 12.1 (‘One To Go’ at Lee Martinez Park)

Medaglie

All finishers will receive a truly unique finisher’s medal. Not only will this commemorate your achievement, but it will also double up as a bottle opener to remind you of your wonderful achievement every time you crack open a cool refreshment. Use it as a medal, use it as a bottle opener, use it as a key-ring/bottle opener.

Tempo massimo

Runners have a total of 4 hours to complete the course.

Parcheggio

Parking will be from the south entrance to Hughes Stadium off County Road 42C.

Cronometraggio

The Horsetooth Half Marathon will be chip timed using the My Laps timing system. A chip will be attached to the back of your bib. Your time will begin when you cross the starting line and stop when you cross the finish line. Cash awards in the overall and master’s division will be determined by gun time; age group awards will be determined by chip time. To ensure that race officials and photographers can identify you, your bib must be clearly displayed and visible from the front at all times while racing.

Horsetooth Half Marathon Mappa del percorso

Horsetooth Half Marathon Mappa del percorso

Partenza:

Colorado State University’s Hughes Stadium

Fort Collins,us

Traguardo:

New Belgium Brewery

Fort Collins,us

Difficoltà

hilly

Attrattive

The Horestooth Half Marathon course offers stunning views of the Fort Collins skyline between the iconic peaks of Horsetooth Mountain and Arthur’s Rock. The opening five miles of the course will deliver these views across azure waters as you make your way along the eastern shoreline of Horsetooth Reservoir on the hills of Centennial Drive.

Panoramica

The start of the race begins at 5,195 feet above sea level and takes runners on a nearly 500-ft. climb to the top of “Monster Mountain” at mile 1.7. After the big opening climb, the course follows the eastern shoreline of Horsetooth Reservoir, rolling past the ‘A’ Hill and North Dam Hill (5,579′). Runners begin their eastward journey to the finish at New Belgium Brewery with the final climb of the course over Bingham Hill (5,252′), before beginning a long, gradual descent on the Cache la Poudre recreational trail into the finish line party and post-race expo in downtown Fort Collins.

The starting line is located at Colorado State University’s Hughes Stadium on the western side of town, and from there runners travel northward past Horsetooth Reservoir toward the towns of Bellvue and Laporte, where participants a brief detour (about 200 yards) onto the Overland Trail and then make an eastward turn onto the Poudre River bike path, which they take toward Fort Collins.

From there, the course follows the bike path into town to College Avenue and to Linden Street, where the finish line lies at the New Belgium Brewery.

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