Race Your Way Around Northern Colorado This Summer
Lace up your tennis shoes and take advantage of the weather this summer by participating in one of the many races happening around Northern Colorado. There are tons of fun and unique racing opportunities to compete in over the next few months – whether you aim to set new personal records by running alone, or want to cross the finish line alongside your friends or family, there really is something for everyone.
Get ready to light up the night and get your glow on at the Roger's River Run 5K in Longmont. The race begins at 7:30 p.m., but arrive sometime between 5 p.m. and race time to to receive your bib, race shirt, and cover yourself with glow paint. After you cross the finish line, you'll receive some sweet glow gear and also gain special access to Roger’s River Run participant only after-party in Dizzy’s Playground, featuring live music, dancing, and black lights. Click here to register for this race.
This unique man vs. machine race takes place near Civic Center Park in Old Town Fort Collins, and leads runners down shady streets and along the Poudre River. Participants have the opportunity to race the trolley for a special prize. Afterwards, celebrate your racing accomplishment with a free pancake breakfast, courtesy of Snooze or grab a refreshing brew from the Odell Beer Garden. Click here to sign up for this race!
This is a fast and flat 5K course that takes place in Milliken, where runners get to take in beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains along the way. Race time is 7:30 a.m., with a fun run for the kids happening immediately before. Stick around afterwards for the Fireman's Pancake Breakfast and enjoy entertainment, vendors, and activities coinciding with Beef and Bean Day in the heart of Milliken. To register, visit: http://roseracingevents.com/our-racesregistration.html.
Kick off the Fort Collins Peach Festival by participating in the annual 5K run/walk, happening at 8 a.m. at Hughes Stadium. Peach pies will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age category. After the run is over, there will be a peachy pancake breakfast, fun kids activities, vendor booths with great giveaways, live entertainment, peachy food and drinks, and tons more. Click here to start feeling peachy.
The Boulder Sunset is a favorite race for runners of all skill levels, especially because of the scenic course, which is located at the base of the Flatirons and winds around the beautiful Boulder Reservoir. Click here to register for the Boulder Sunset.
If you and dad are both into running, then this is the perfect 5K to do together, while celebrating Father's Day too. Following the race, there will be additional festivities happening in Old Town Square, including live music, promotional vendors and a health and wellness fair. Follow the link to register: http://www.fcgov.com/recreation/fathersday.php.
This race is all about having fun and getting blasted with color as you make your way through the challenging course at The Ranch in Loveland. Once you cross the finish line, get ready for a colorful dance party with friends and family! Sign up now before prices increase: http://www.thecolorvibe.com/fortcollins.php.
Beginning and ending in the heart of Allenspark, Colorado, the Run Like the Wind 5K is definitely one of the most scenic races to take place in our area. The route circles through downtown and along dirt roads amid pine forest, and boasts views of high mountain peaks. After the race, stick around for refreshments, live music, awards and prizes. For more information and to register, click here.
Kick off your 4th of July with a bang this year by running in the 17th annual FireKracker 5K, set to take place at City Park in Fort Collins. Don't forget to wear your patriotic gear! Get in on early registration until May 31: http://firekracker5k.com/.
Help homeless pets in Northern Colorado by going for the gold at Larimer Humane Society's 26th annual Fire Hydrant 5, happening at the Promenade Shops at Centerra in Loveland. Stay for the Paws on the Promenade Expo, featuring fun activities for the whole family including entertaining dog contests and over 60 different vendors. On your bark, get set, go register today: http://www.larimerhumane.org/events/fh5.
At the 2nd annual Too Hot to Trot 5K, runners can celebrate their own dad, while also helping out other fathers along the way too. All profits from this event go to Luv-a-Dad to financially assist fathers with cancer. After weaving around Greeley, the course finally comes to an end at The Tavern at St. Michael’s Square, where racers can also pick up a free burger, chips and lemonade after finishing. Click here to get signed up!
Whether you choose to run the 13.1 mile race or go for the 3.1 route instead, you'll enjoy taking in the natural beauty found at the course at Sandstone Park in Longmont. Beat the summer heat and get an early start to your 4th of July with this race, with the half-marathon that's scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. and the 5K an hour later. Runners and walkers of all levels can click here to sign up.
This is the newest half marathon to come to Fort Collins –beginning at Hughes Stadium and ending at Horse and Dragon Brewery, the route takes racers all over the northwest side of town. For those who don't feel like going quite that far, there's also an easy 1.6-mile Pint run/walk that circles around the Brewery. Once you cross the finish line, tasty brews, live music, a costume contest, and food await! Click here if you're ready to race (and drink good beer!).