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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Poudre High School||2.0mi||–|
|Spring Canyon Park||6.7mi||–|
|Taft Hill Road||8.9mi||–|
|Pleasant Hill Lane||11.3mi||–|
|Fossil Creek Park||13.5mi||–|
|Boyd Lake North||19.7mi||6.6mi|
|Boyd Lake South||23.1mi||10.0mi|
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
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.
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.
We are plan to offer pacing for the following time goals:
If you are interested in volunteering as a pace group leader, please contact us.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.