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Start

The Long View Marathon will start at City Park in Fort Collins, CO (1500 W. Mulberry St, 80521) at 7:30a on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

The Long View Half Marathon will start on Fossil Creek Parkway immediately west of Fossil Creek Park in Fort Collins, CO (5821 S. Lemay Ave, 80525) at 8:00a on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

Finish

The Long View Marathon & Half Marathon will finish at the Foote Lagoon Amphitheater in Loveland, CO (300 N Adams St, 80537). Final race cut-off will be 1:30p (Marathon – 6hrs; Half Marathon – 5.5hrs).

Gear Bags

Runners can leave a *small* gear bag at the start with any clothing they need transported to the finish. Your bib number must be clearly visible on the outside of the bag so you can claim your bag from the finish.

Bags must be deposited for transportation no later than 15 minutes before the start.

Parking

Marathon Start:
Parking will be available within City Park. A parking map is coming soon.

Half Marathon Start:
Parking will be available within Fossil Creek, with overflow parking on city streets. The walk from the main parking to the start line is approximately 0.7mi. A parking map is coming soon.

Finish:
There is limited parking immediately at the Foote Lagoon Amphitheatre, available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Overflow parking on city streets. A parking map is coming soon.

Shuttles

Free shuttle buses back to race starts at City Park and Fossil Creek Park will be available from the Foote Lagoon between 10:00am and 3:00pm. 

Map

Course Description

Marathon

This is a road/paved race. The marathon course begins at historic City Park in Fort Collins, following a diagonal route through the heart of the park along Bryan and City Park Drives.

Take a quick left onto Jackson Ave, followed by a left onto Mountain Ave, heading west toward Grandview Cemetery (1 MI). A right onto Grandview Ave along the cemetery’s edge and a quick left onto Laporte Ave finishes the set of starting turns.

A straight shot west along the gradually inclining Laporte Ave (2 MI) takes you to the western edge of Fort Collins and Overland Trail Road. Turn south on Overland Trail and follow its western shoulder (3, 4, 5 MI) to Cottonwood Glen Park where the course picks up the Spring Creek Bike Path to tour both Cottonwood Glen and Spring Canyon Parks (6, 7 MI).

Exiting Spring Canyon, the course picks up the Fossil Creek Bike Path and heads in a southeasterly direction under CR38e and through the wide open expanses of Cathy Fromme Prairie (8, 9, 10 MI). Not only will you enjoy Long Views of the mighty Front Range Peaks through this section, but also a gradual 8 mile, 300 foot descent.

After passing through the Shields St. underpass, you’ll shortly be on the race’s namesake Long View Bike Path, heading south at street level before continuing east on the Fossil Creek Bike Path through the new Redtail Grove Natural Area, under College Avenue, and paralleling Fossil Creek Parkway as you approach Fossil Creek Park (11, 12 MI).

The route traces the park perimeter (13 MI), winding by softball fields, historic sculptures and fountains before exiting at the SE corner Lemay underpass (14 MI). The route will head south for just under a mile on the east lane of northbound Lemay Ave before connecting with the Front Range Bike Path paralleling Trilby Ave to the underpass that turns south under Trilby towards Carpenter Road. An eastern turn alongside Carpenter (16 MI) for a third of a mile then connects to the Front Range Bike Path’s second section, again heading south towards County Road 30 (17 MI).

Turn east on County Road 30 and stay on the coned shoulder for just over a mile as the road traces the shore of Donath Lake (18 MI), then turns south on Lemay Ave to connect to the City of Loveland’s Recreational Path heading east into Boyd Lake State Park (19 MI).

Turn south and follow the Loveland Recreational Path, enjoying the beautiful fall colors as the course meanders along the shores of Boyd Lake and through the park campgrounds (20, 21, 22, 23, 24 MI). The trail exits the park continuing south through the Allendale Park neighborhood to the Eisenhower Boulevard (Hwy 34) underpass heading for the finish in the heart of downtown Loveland.

Your final two miles will follow the Loveland-Greeley Canal through town, crossing Boise Ave (25 MI) at street level and taking the Madison Ave underpass to the Rec Path exit and the homestretch west onto 7th Avenue. Hit the 26 MI mark right at the left turn onto Adams Street, where you’ll see the finish line 3 blocks ahead. Cross 4th Avenue into the Library parking lot and cross the finish before enjoying the post-race party at the Foote Lagoon.

 

Half Marathon

This is a road/paved race. The Long View Half Marathon starts on Fossil Creek Parkway, immediately west of Fossil Creek Park. Following the Parkway for 1 MI to Lemay Ave, turn south onto Lemay for another half mile. Then, connect with the Front Range Bike Path paralleling Trilby Ave to the underpass that turns south under Trilby towards Carpenter Road (2 MI). An eastern turn alongside Carpenter (3 MI) for a third of a mile then connects to the Front Range Bike Path’s second section, again heading south towards County Road 30 (4 MI).

Turn east on County Road 30 and stay on the coned shoulder for just over a mile as the road traces the shore of Donath Lake (5 MI), then turns south on Lemay Ave to connect to the City of Loveland’s Recreational Path heading east into Boyd Lake State Park (6 MI).

Turn south and follow the Loveland Recreational Path, enjoying the beautiful fall colors as the course meanders along the shores of Boyd Lake and through the park campgrounds (7, 8, 9, 10, 11 MI). The trail exits the park continuing south through the Allendale Park neighborhood to the Eisenhower Boulevard (Hwy 34) underpass heading for the finish in the heart of downtown Loveland.

Your final two miles will follow the Loveland-Greeley Canal through town, crossing Boise Ave (12 MI) at street level and taking the Madison Ave underpass to the Rec Path exit and the homestretch west onto 7th Avenue. Hit the 13 MI mark right at the left turn onto Adams Street, where you’ll see the finish line 3 blocks ahead. Cross 4th Avenue into the Library parking lot and cross the finish before enjoying the post-race party at the Foote Lagoon.

 

Fluid Stations

There will be up to 12 fluid stations along the Marathon route and up to 5 for the Half Marathon. Stations will be stocked with water and sports drink. First-aid kits and portable toilets will also be available at aid stations.

Sites and mileages are tentative.

LocationMarathonHalf
Poudre High School2.0mi
Hughes Stadium4.4mi
Spring Canyon Park6.7mi
Taft Hill Road8.9mi
Pleasant Hill Lane11.3mi
Fossil Creek Park13.5mi
Vantage View16.4mi3.3mi
Boyd Lake North19.7mi6.6mi
Boyd Lake South23.1mi10.0mi
Wooden Mountain25.0mi11.9mi

Schedule

Friday, October 4
2:00-7:00PM – Packet Pickup & Pre-Race Expo (Location TBD)

Saturday, October 5
6:00AM – Race Day Marathon Packet Pickup opens @ City Park
7:15AM – Race Day Marathon Packet Pickup Closes
7:30AM – Marathon Start
7:00AM – Race Day Half Marathon Packet Pickup opens @ Fossil Creek Park
8:15AM – Race Day Half Marathon Packet Pickup Closes
8:00AM – Half Marathon Start
8:30AM – Finish Line, Party & Expo Opens @ Foote Lagoon Amphitheater
10:00AM – Shuttle buses from Finish to Fossil Creek Park (Half Marathon Start) and City Park (Marathon Start) begin.
10:30AM – Marathon Fossil Creek Aid Station Cut-Off (Mile 13.2)
11:00AM – Awards Ceremony @ Foote Lagoon Amphitheater
1:30PM – Finish Cut-Off (Mile 26.2/13.1)
2:00PM – Final shuttle buses from Finish to City Park or Fossil Creek Park
2:00PM – Finish Party & Expo Closes

Spectator Access

While the full course is open to the public, please respect both the runners and local residents by not impeding traffic or parking in non-designated areas. We recommend the following spots for best trail access and parking for spectators.

  • Poudre High School (Mile 2.0)
  • Spring Canyon Park (Mile 6.5)
  • Taft Hill Road (Mile 8.9) – Limited Parking
  • College Avenue – East Side (Mile 12.0)
  • Fossil Creek Park (Miles 12.8-14)
  • Carpenter Road (Mile 16.5 / 3.4)
  • Boyd Lake State Park (Miles 20-23 / 7-10) – Must Have Colorado State Parks Pass
  • Seven Lakes Park (Mile 23.8 / 10.7)
  • Eisenhower Boulevard – North Side (Mile 24.5 / 11.4)

Road Closures

Closures
  • Taft Hill Road @ Laporte Ave – CLOSED from 7:30-8:00AM
  • Fossil Creek Parkway Southbound from Mail Creek Lane to Lemay Ave – CLOSED from 8:00-8:30AM
  • Lemay Ave Southbound (1 Lane) from Fossil Creek Parkway to Trilby Road CLOSED from 8:00-8:30AM
  • Adams Ave from 7th Avenue to 4th Avenue CLOSED from 9:30AM-1:00PM

 

Flagged Intersections
  • Overland Trail @ Laporte Ave from 7:45-8:15AM
  • Overland Trail @ Elizabeth Ave from 7:50-8:30AM
  • Overland Trail @ Golden Current Ave from 7:50-8:30AM
  • Overland Trail @ Prospect Rd from 8:00-8:40AM
  • Overland Trail @ Azalea Dr from 8:00-8:45AM
  • Overland Trail @ Sumac St from 8:00-8:45AM
  • Overland Trail @ Dixon Canyon Road from 8:00-8:45AM
  • Overland Trail @ Skimmerhorn St from 8:00-8:45AM
  • Fossil Creek Dr @ Scenic Dr from 8-10:00AM
  • Fossil Creek Dr @ Pleasant Hill Ln from 8:30-10:00AM
  • Fossil Creek Dr @ Fossil Ridge Dr from 8:30-10:00AM
  • Lemay Ave @ Trilby Ave from 8:00-10:15AM
  • County Road 30 (71st St) just east of Lemay Ave from 9:15AM-11:30PM
  • County Road 11C 1 mile south of County Road 30 (71st St) from 9:30AM-12:10PM
  • Boise Ave @ 11th St from 10:00AM-1:30PM
  • 7th Ave @ Adams Ave from 10:00AM-1:30PM
  • 6th Ave @ Adams Ave from 10:00AM-1:30PM
  • 5th Ave @ Adams Ave from 10:00AM-1:30PM
  • 4th Ave @ Adams Ave from 10:00AM-1:30PM

Rules of Competition

  1. Obey all traffic signals and traffic control personnel (runners, crews and spectators).
  2. No littering. Place trash in bins, hand to race volunteers, or drop in designated cup drop zones immediately following aid stations.
  3. The cut-off for the Marathon is 6 Hours, and for the Half Marathon 5.5 Hours.
  4. To continue the second half of the Marathon, you must leave the Fossil Creek Fluid Station (mile 13.2) by 3 hours elapsed race time.
  5. No course cutting, early starts, late starts or alterations. You must run the full marked distance to be given credit for a finish.
  6. Your bib must be worn on the front and visible at all aid stations.
  7. Do not transfer your official bib number or timing device to anyone or any organization for any purpose, including charity auction, lottery, or other fundraising efforts.
  8. Do not act in a manner which, in the judgment of the race officials, interferes with race operations, other participants, or the integrity of the competition.

Time Cut-Offs

Runners have a total of 6 hours to complete the Marathon. This is an average pace of 13:45 per mile.

Runners have a total of 5.5 hours to complete the Half Marathon. This is an average pace of 25:11 per mile.

Pace Groups

We are plan to offer pacing for the following time goals:

Marathon:

  • 3:15 (7:27 per mile pace)
  • 3:30 (8:01 per mile pace)
  • 3:45 (8:35 per mile pace)
  • 4:00 (9:10 per mile pace)
  • 4:30 (10:18 per mile pace)
  • 5:00 (11:27 per mile pace)

Half Marathon:

  • 1:30 (6:52 per mile pace)
  • 1:45 (8:01 per mile pace)
  • 2:00 (9:10 per mile pace)
  • 2:15 (10:18 per mile pace)
  • 2:30 (11:30 per mile pace)
  • 2:45 (12:45 per mile pace)

If you are interested in volunteering as a pace group leader, please contact us.

Weather

October weather on Colorado’s Front Range can be somewhat unpredictable. Typically, you can expect morning lows in the mid 30s and daytime highs in the 60s. Some years have seen snow, some years have seen temperatures in the 80s. Fort Collins averages 300 days of sunshine a year. Expect blue skies, but come prepared for anything.

Packet Pickup & Expo

Pre-Race Packet Pickup and Expo will be on Friday, October 4 from 2:00-7:00PM. Location is TBD.

Those wishing to drink a beer at the post-race party have the option of showing proof of age and receiving and attaching their +21 wristband at packet pickup. 

To speed up the check-in process, you will be able to look up your bib number online beginning race week:

Race day packets and registration will be available at each start line, from 6:00-7:15AM in City Park for the Marathon and 6:30-7:45AM in Fossil Creek Park for the Half Marathon. The races will start promptly at 7:30 and 8:00AM, so we will be enforcing a strict cut-off on the deadline to pick up packets.

FAQ

How did the Long View Marathon come to be?

At the completion of the Long View and Front Range Bike Paths in Summer 2018, a dream to connect the towns of Fort Collins and Loveland by foot under the auspices of a timed race became possible. The route between the twin communities allows runners to access some of the most beautiful natural areas in the plains immediately adjacent to Northern Colorado’s towering Front Range Mountains.

That realization sparked a simultaneous vision in both Fort Collins-based Gnar Runners and Loveland-based Sweetheart City Racing. How better to showcase this special connection than creating an annual running celebration between the two towns and running communities. The Long View Marathon and Half Marathon represents a unique collaborative experience for runners to enjoy!

Who are the Race Organizers?

Founded in 2011, Gnar Runners annually manages Fort Collins’ running crown jewel, the Horsetooth Half Marathon, in addition to numerous other road, trail and ultrarunning events.

Sweetheart City Racing brings the experience of six annual races up to 25K across Loveland’s streets and bike paths.

Through this partnership, their combined experience gives runners a one-of-a-kind taste of Colorado’s acclaimed racing scene.