Well, we might be a bit biased, but we have some recommendations for your summer schedule! Here is a great series or progression of events to keep you running through the summer and increasing your distance:
July 4th â€“ FireKracker 5k
The FireKracker 5k is a great family friendly holiday event featuring a Citizens 5k run/walk followed by an Elite 5k and a free kids race. Race morning kicks off in City Park with a Citizenâ€™s 5k that welcomes everyone from serious to silly; including dogs, strollers, costumes, face paint, body paint, running with flags, kids, walkers, and competitive age groupers competing for custom pottery awards made by a local artist and runner.
The Elite 5k race starts next and is one of a kind showcasing the elite/competitive runners on a certified, spectator friendly 4-lap course around Sheldon Lake in City Park. This is a rare and inspiring opportunity to watch the elite runners up close and personal in a fast and competitive 5k race! Runners must qualify to enter the Elite 5k and will be competing for a $3500 cash prize purse!
A free kids 1-mile race follows the two 5k events for kids ages 12 and under. All kids receive a finisher ribbon. Race festivities include food and beverage, music, and fun in the park. The Fourth of July Parade starts just after the completion of the races.
For more information and to sign up the event visit: FireKracker 5k Sign up early to ensure an event t-shirt and to avoid those pesky procrastination fees!
July 25th â€“ Human Race 5k, 10k, Half Marathon
Celebrating the 32nd running, the Human Race is one of the oldest organized events in Northern Colorado. Now offering 4 race distances – 5k, 10k, Half Marathon and kids 1-mile â€“ with scenic, flat, and fast courses through downtown Fort Collins and along the Poudre River, this is an event for your bucket list!
In the unique Man vs. Machine challenge, runners toe the line with historic Trolley Car 21 racing through the course to see whoâ€™s faster â€“ Man or Machine? Think you can outrun a 100-year-old trolley? Sign up to see if you will go home with a special bragging rights t-shirt and the pride of a hard fought challenge. How fast do you have to run? Thatâ€™s a question that can only be answered on race day. Family and friends are invited to cheer on runners from the trolley during the race but you must reserve tickets now as there are just 25 seats available. All funds from trolley ticket sales are donated to the Fort Collins Municipal Railway. Reserve your tickets now: Human Race Trolley Tickets
This event boasts one of the best post-race festivities for participants. Snooze a.m. Eatery is onsite serving hot pancakes right off the griddle, Whole Foods will have amazing fresh fruits and goodies, and Odell Brewing hosts a beer garden with some of our favorite local brews. Vendors and wellness activities will also be in the park. Sign up now and start your speed work training, recruit 2 or more friends for special team registration and pricing! Fort Collins Human Race registration: Active.com
August 22nd â€“ Peach Festival 5k
Donâ€™t miss the amazing Fort Collins Peach Festival kicked off by the Peach Fest 5k walk/run at Colorado State Universityâ€™s Hughes Stadium. The fun course circles the perimeter of Hughes Stadium on a mostly dirt course with amazing views of the foothills along the way. Top 3 overall and age group winners all go home with freshly baked peach pies!
After finishing the run enjoy a peachy pancake breakfast and entire day of fun for you and your family. Kids activities, Palisade peaches for sale, amazing entertainment, face painting, peach beer and margaritas, peach snow cones and frozen yogurt, peach cobblers/pies/jams, peach contests and so much more!
September 20th â€“ Equinox Half Marathon & 5 Mile
The Equinox Half Marathon & 5 Mile is one of the most breathtaking and fun races in the country! Held on the autumnal equinox during the height of fall color, the race features the beautiful scenery of Colorado as you run downhill on a point-to-point course along the Cache La Poudre River. The half marathon is a great course for a new personal best, a first half marathon, or to qualify for the New York Marathon. Starting at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre, a famous music venue and restaurant, runners are given a warm welcome and invited inside for free coffee before the race. Running through the Poudre River Canyon, the race winds downhill along the wild and scenic river all the way to the finish area at the base of the canyon. With a gentle downhill, the race is sure to give fast and enjoyable race finishes on a certified course with a net drop of ~650 ft.
The 5-mile is an excellent choice for those wishing to increase their race distance from a 5k, walkers, or serious runners looking to run a fast but shorter race distance. Starting at Gateway Natural Area, the confluence of the Cache la Poudre River and its North Fork tributary, the race joins the Half Marathon course for a beautiful point-to-point race open to runners and walkers.
Both races finish a half-mile before Tedâ€™s Place at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills with spectacular views of the mountains and open farmland below. Participants enjoy post-race food and local beers from Fort Collins Brewery, food trucks, vendors, photo ops and post-race massage round out a memorable race for participants and spectators. All half marathon finishers receive locally made finisher medals and $500 cash bonus will be paid to a 1st place finisher setting a new Half Marathon course record!
Entry fees increase June 1st, what are you waiting for? Register today on Active.com!
Here are the necessary steps to an unforgettable summer of running and racing:
1. Register for an event(s)
3. Invite your friends
4. Show up on race day
5. Bask in your accomplishment
6. Post pictures on social media for all your friends to like
7. Wear your race t-shirt everyday until the next race
See you at the races!