Colorado > Crossroads Half Marathon & 5K
Fort Collins, CO • Sunday, September 16, 2012 • Course Map
Known in past years as the Easy Street Half Marathon, thanks to its long, flat stretches along bike and running trails here in Fort Collins, the race now known as the Crossroads Half Marathon & 5K is set for its 11th annual running in the late summer of 2012 on an out-and-back loop course through the city, and usually draws between 500 and 600 runners each year.
Featuring a combination of runs through paved city streets and neighborhoods as well as long runs along the trails and bike paths that wind along stretches of the Poudre River and Spring Creek, which cuts through the center of the city, this race is popular with locals and has a mostly fast and flat course that's considered an excellent opportunity for setting personal record times.
The out-and-back loop course through the city starts and finishes at Fort Collins' Buckingham Park, at the corner of 1st Street and Lincoln Avenue, and starts off taking runners along the city's wide paved streets, first east along Lincoln and then north along 9th Avenue, which becomes Lindenmeier Road. The route follows Lindenmeier north all the way to East Willox Lane, which curves around the southern edge of Greenbriar Park, a 22-acre city park that's a popular spot for baseball, basketball, tennis and outdoor events for the surrounding neighborhoods.
Once around Greenbriar, runners head west along East Willox to the intersection with Blue Spruce Drive, where they turn left and head south along to Conifer and Redwood Streets, starting the next couple of miles southward toward the portion of the race that takes the field along the Fort Collins Bike & Trail System.
Runners enter the trail just off Linden Drive, and pass by Buckingham Park as they run along the Poudre River, past a local golf course and along tree-lined trails for much of the way. This section of the course is the most winding, and lasts for the next few miles as the route curves along the Poudre and meets up with the Spring Creek section after crossing South Timberline Road.
Runners follow the creek as it winds along the southern edge of the race route, roughly parallel to East Prospect Road. Along the way, the course passes through Edora Park and Spring Park, finally exiting the Bike & Trail System at Remington Street, which begins the final few miles of the race and takes runners northward back to the finish line at Buckingham Park.
Weather & Climate
Located in the north central part of the state, about an hour's drive north of Denver, the city of Fort Collins typically experiences cool to moderately warm weather conditions in the early weeks of fall, and tends to see relatively dry weather this time of year. In September, average monthly temperatures range between 75°F and 46°F, while rainfall totals average just under 1.4 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Sept. 16), the average high is 75°F and the average low is 46°F.
View the race route map for the Crossroads Half Marathon
To reserve your spot in the late summer 2012 running of Fort Collins's Crossroads Half Marathon or 5K race, visit the event website.
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