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Colorado > Horsetooth Half Marathon & Full Marathon
Fort Collins, CO  •  Sunday, April 13, 2014  •  Course Map

Voted the state's number-one half marathon by Colorado Running Magazine readers, the Horsetooth Half Marathon is a point-to-point half that starts runners in the shadows of nearby Horsetooth State Park on a course that includes both paved surfaces and bike trails, with some steep hills and elevation changes. For the first time in 2013, the race added the 26.2-mile distance as well, with its inaugural Horsetooth Marathon.

The start of the race begins at 5,195 feet above sea level and takes runners by the second mile on a nearly 600-ft. elevation climb to "Monster Mountain," after which the race begins a long, slow descent towards the finish with two major exceptions -- Dam Hill, between miles 4 and 5, and Bingham Hill, between miles 7 and 8.

The starting line is located at Colorado State University's Hughes Stadium on the western side of town, and from there runners travel northward past Horsetooth Reservoir toward the towns of Bellvue and Laporte, where participants a brief detour (about 200 yards) onto the Overland Trail and then make an eastward turn onto the Poudre River bike path, which they take toward Fort Collins.

From there, the course follows the bike path into town to College Avenue and to Linden Street, where the finish line lies at the New Belgium Brewery.

Race Weather & Climate

Located along the front range of the Rocky Mountains in northern Colorado, about 65 miles north of Denver and roughly 45 miles south of Cheyenne, Wyo., Fort Collins typically sees cold to mild weather in April, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 10 degrees below zero (in 1945) and as high as 89 degrees (in 1992).

April Avg. Day of Race Monthly Precip.
Low: 34°F Low: 33°F Rain: 2.09 in.
High: 61°F High: 60°F Snow: 6.2 in.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Horsetooth Half Marathon


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To reserve your spot in the spring 2014 running of Fort Collins's Horsetooth Half Marathon or Full Marathon, visit the event website.

Official Race Website


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