Horsetooth Half Marathon

Horsetooth Half-Marathon logo

Date: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Start location: Hughes Stadium (County Rd. 24C, about a 1/4-mile west of Overland Tr.), Fort Collins, CO
Distance: 13.1 miles
Race time: 8:00 A.M.
Cost:
$65 (by Dec. 31, 2013); $70 (Jan. 1, 2014 and onward) – non-FCRC members
$45 – FCRC member. Join the FCRC now! FCRC members must register hard copy in store at Runners Roost Fort Collins or Altitude Running Fort Collins in order to receive the discount.

About the Race

The 41st annual running of the Fort Collins Running Club’s Horsetooth Half Marathon features a scenic point-to-point road course from Hughes Stadium to New Belgium Brewery. Despite its hills, the course has net elevation loss and was the fastest half-marathon run in Northern Colorado in 2013!

The Horsetooth Half Marathon is one of the oldest and most popular races in Colorado, having begun in 1973. While the Fort Collins Running Club owns this event, it is organized and operated by Running Events Management LLC. Together we strive to create one of the best-run half-marathons in the country.

Registration

Visit Active.com to register online.

FCRC members who wish to receive the $25 discount must register hard copy in store at Runners Roost Fort Collins or Altitude Running Fort Collins.

Training Runs

Beginning in February, the FCRC is hosting a series of informal training runs specifically for the Horsetooth Half Marathon that are open to everyone!

Unless otherwise noted, the gathering spot will be the parking lot of the Maxwell Natural Area southwest of Hughes Stadium. (Denoted by “Hughes Stadium Start” below, even though technically the training runs start not at Hughes Stadium like the actual race, but in the Maxwell parking lot.)

We will be running the first several miles of the Horsetooth Half Marathon course before turning around and heading back to the Maxwell parking lot. Because these are informal runs, we encourage runners to form small groups at the gathering spot based on desired pace and distance. The FCRC will also try not to leave anyone “dropped” and alone during the runs.

The scheduled HTH training run dates are below. The dates and places are tentative. Runs led by the FCRC are noted below. Please check this website prior to each gathering.

  • Sunday, February 9 @ 8:30 A.M.: Hughes Stadium Start (FCRC)
  • Sunday, February 16 @ 8:30 A.M.: Raintree Athletic Club (food and beverages provided afterward)
  • Sunday, February 23 @ 8:30 A.M.: Hughes Stadium Start (FCRC)
  • Saturday, March 1 @ 8:30 A.M.: New Belgium Brewery Finish (food and beverages provided afterward)
  • Sunday, March 9 @ 8:30 A.M.: Hughes Stadium Start (FCRC)
  • Saturday, March 22 @ 8:30 A.M.: CLIP Middle School (run Bingham Hill loop and relay exchange)
  • Sunday, March 23 @ 8:30 A.M.: Hughes Stadium Start (FCRC)
  • Sunday, March 30 @ 8:30 A.M.: Hughes Stadium Start

There won’t be a training run on April 6th, the Sunday before the Horsetooth Half Marathon. Instead, we encourage runners to participate in our final Tortoise & Hare race: the Cottonwood Glen 12k (7.46 miles).

Note that there are also Tortoise & Hare races on February 2nd (Fossil Creek Park 5k) and March 2nd (Lee Martinez Park 10k) that also make great preparatory runs. All these races are FREE for FCRC members! Join the FCRC now!

Course

Update 2014-03-12: Due to the Vine Outfall Project, the Poudre Trail from Taft Hill Road to Lee Martinez Park will be undergoing construction. But there should be a 700-foot dirt path in place of the concrete trail east of Taft Hill and west of Shields that runner will be able to run on during the race.

More Information

For more information on the Horsetooth Half Marathon, including packet pickup, directions to the start and finish, transportation, finish line party, bag retrieval, awards and more, please visit the official Horsetooth Half Marathon website.

If you still have questions about the Horsetooth Half, please contact the race director, Steve Cathcart.