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We are working to update all race information in all locations as quickly as possible in light of our newly-approved COVID-19 Safety Protocols.  We appreciate your patience.  If you have questions or find conflicting information, please email us.

Start

The Long View Marathon will begin at City Park in Fort Collins, CO (1500 W. Mulberry St, 80521), with wave starts spanning from 6:45-7:25a on Sunday, October 4, 2020

The Long View Half Marathon will begin at Fossil Creek Park in Fort Collins, CO (5821 S. Lemay Ave, 80525), with wave starts spanning from 6:45-7:25a on Sunday, October 4, 2020.

Runners will receive an email to sign up for their preferred start wave.  Runners are strongly encouraged to sign up for waves in pace order, i.e. fastest first, to increase spreading on course

Runners are asked not to congregate in the packet pickup area more than 30 minutes before their start times, and to stay away from the start area until the previous wave has departed

Masks must be worn in the start area, as well as start corrals

Runners must maintain 6’ spacing while in starting corrals

Crews/Spectators are discouraged from attending the race starts

Finish

The Long View Marathon & Half Marathon will finish at the Foote Lagoon Amphitheater in Loveland, CO (300 N Adams St, 80537).

The course and finish will close 6 Hours after the final Marathon wave start (5.5 Hours after the final Half Marathon wave start).

We ask that runners limit the number of people attending the race with them to 1.  

Celebrate off-campus from the race finish with your full crew at a great local restaurant.  

  • There will be no post-race Awards Ceremony
  • Food will be served in to-go boxes to a 6’ spaced line by masked/gloves volunteers
  • Runners are expected to leave within 30 minutes of their finish
  • There will be no post-race shuttles.
  • We have put our usual shuttle budget toward an Uber Group Event Fund to help subsidize the cost of the rides. Rides back to each start typically run $25 (marathon) and $18 (half marathon) and the race subsidy will cover about a third of those costs.  You will need to have the Uber app with an account set up on your phone (Android / iPhone) and order the ride yourself with our code in order to take advantage.
  • Look for our Transportation Coordinator at the finish to get that code, more info on rideshare/taxi options, and/or help you split rides with other runners if you are comfortable doing so.

Parking

Marathon Start:
Marathon parking will be available at the City Park Baseball & Softball Fields parking lots, with entry from the north off Mountain Avenue or from the east off Bryan/Oak.
Race morning packet pickup and the start are a short 100 yard walk from the parking lot.
Additional parking will be available on city streets around City Park.  

Half Marathon Start:
Half Marathon parking will be available at the three parking lots of Fossil Creek Park. The primary and secondary lots are on the east side, accessible from Lemay Ave. The backup lot is on the west side, accessible from Fossil Creek Parkway.
Race morning packet pickup will be at the Fossil Creek Pavilion, right by the primary & secondary lot and 400 yards from the backup lot.
Overflow parking will be available along Huntington Hills Dr.

Map

Elevation Profile

Marathon:
810′ Gain / 878′ Loss
Net Downhill 68′
Max Elevation: 5192′
Min Elevation: 4889′


Half Marathon:
229′ Gain / 195′ Loss
Net Uphill 34′
Max Elevation: 5049′
Min Elevation: 4892′

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 Avenues.

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 west 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 the east side of Fossil Creek Park, on the oval near the central pavilion. It traces the eastern and northern halves of the oval, heading NW, then continues west to connect with the Fossil Creek Bike Path by Lake Pavilion #2, and follows the trail around the western and southern sides of the park. The course crosses under Lemay Avenue via the trail’s underpass (1 MI) and then heads south for just under a mile on the east lane of northbound Lemay Ave. Take a left on 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 west 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 10 fluid stations along the Marathon route and 5 for the Half Marathon.

All runners are strongly recommended to carry a personal hydration system to limit their stops/contacts at aid stations

For 2020, only Water and VFuel Drink Mix / Gels will be offered at aid stations this year.

First-aid kits and portable toilets will also be available at aid stations.

LocationMarathonHalf
Poudre High School2.0mi
Cottonwood Glen5.6mi
Taft Hill Road8.9mi
Pleasant Hill Lane11.3mi
Fossil Creek Park13.5mi
Vantage View16.5mi3.4mi
Loveland Rec Path18.7mi5.6mi
Boyd Lake North20.7mi7.6mi
Boyd Lake South23.2mi10.1mi
Wooden Mountain25.0mi11.9mi

Schedule

Friday, October 2
5-7PM – Packet Pickup @ Altitude Running, Fort Collins

Saturday, October 3
Noon-5PM – Packet Pickup @ Chilson Center, Loveland

Sunday, October 4
6:15AM – Packet Pickup Opens @ Marathon Start @ City Park, Fort Collins
6:15AM – Packet Pickup Opens @ Half Marathon Start @ Fossil Creek Park, Fort Collins
6:45AM – First Wave of Marathon Start @ City Park, Fort Collins
6:45AM – First Wave of Half Marathon Start @ Fossil Creek Park, Fort Collins
7:25AM – Final Wave of Marathon Start @ City Park, Fort Collins
7:25AM – Final Wave of Half Marathon Start @ Fossil Creek Park, Fort Collins
7:45AM – Finish Line Opens @ Foote Lagoon Amphitheater
9:45-10:25 AM – Fossil Creek (Mile 13.4) Cut-Offs per wave for Marathon Runners
1:25PM – Finish Line Closes @ Foote Lagoon Amphitheater

Road Closures

Closures
  • Times to be updated as 2020 plans are finalized with our permitting agencies
  • Bryan Ave and City Park Ave from Mulberry St to Oak St – CLOSED from 7:00-7:45AM
  • Oak St from McKinley Ave to Scott Ave – CLOSED from 7:15-7:45AM
  • Scott Ave Southbound from Oak St to Mountain Ave – CLOSED from 7:15-7:45AM
  • Grandview Ave from Laporte Ave to Mountain Ave – CLOSED from 7:15-7:45AM
  • Fossil Creek Parkway Southbound from Mail Creek Lane to Huntington Hills Dr – CLOSED from 7:45-8:15AM
  • Fossil Creek Parkway – CLOSED at entrance to Fossil Creek Park – from 7:45-8:15AM
  • Lemay Ave Northbound (1 Lane) from Fossil Creek Parkway to Trilby Road CLOSED from 8:00-11:00AM
  • County Road 30E Northbound from northern junction with CR 13N around Donath Lake to southern junction with CR 13N – CLOSED from 8:15AM-12:00PM
  • Adams Ave from 7th Avenue to 4th Avenue CLOSED from 9:15AM-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. To continue the second half of the Marathon, you must leave the Fossil Creek Aid Station (mile 13.4) by 3 hours elapsed race time.
  4. A support vehicle will follow the field after Fossil Creek and give rides to runners not maintaining minimum pace at each aid station (13:45 – Marathon; 25:11 – Half Marathon)
  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. For runner safety, bib transfers are only allowed via official RunSignup transfer procedures. Runners competing without a bib assigned to them will be considered bandits.
  8. Race bandits (runners using race amenities without an official registration) will be subject to disqualification and/or bans from future events.
  9. 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.
  10. No dogs will be allowed on course. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome at the Start/Finish and spectator access points.

Time Cut-Offs

The course and finish will close 6 Hours after the final Marathon wave start (5.5 Hours after the final Half Marathon wave start)

To continue the second half of the Marathon, you must leave the Fossil Creek Aid Station (mile 13.4) by 3 hours elapsed race time.

A support vehicle will follow the field after Fossil Creek and give rides to runners not maintaining minimum pace at each aid station (13:45 – Marathon; 25:11 – Half Marathon)

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

A basic packet pickup will be available on Friday, October 2 from 5:00-7:00PM at Altitude Running, Fort Collins.

Our primary Pre-Race Packet Pickup and Expo will be on Saturday, October 3 from Noon-5:00PM at the Chilson Recreation Center in Loveland.

Packet Pickup will be outdoors (weather permitting) and packets will be pre-packed and laid out alphabetically on tables.  Attendees must be masked.

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. We will send out a race update via email once those are posted.

Race day packets will be available at each start line. More details will be forthcoming soon.

Gear Bags

Runners are permitted to drop off a small bag at the start of each race for transport to the finish.

Bag drops will be located next to the start line of both races.

Please ensure that your bag is labeled with name and bib number before dropping off. We will have duct tape and sharpies if you need to label on site, but prefer that you do it ahead of time.

Bib numbers will be posted during race week, and you can look forward to another email update with that and more info.

FAQ

How did the Long View Marathon & Half 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 10K 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.