Whether you’re running to lose weight or to stay in shape and whether you like to run with someone or by yourself, any runner will tell you that the best part about it is the feeling you get after you are done. Living in Colorado, you have ample opportunity to get outside and run and we are just lucky enough to live in an area that is health conscious. So whether you are a beginner, intermediate or an experienced athlete make 2013 the year to get out and support the many road and trail races and triathlons that make Northern Colorado so great.

 

Runners of all ages prepare for the  Sunrise Stampede in Longmont

Runners of all ages prepare for the Sunrise Stampede in Longmont

Enjoy Family Friendly Events

Longmont’s Triathlon, June 1 and 2, hits its 33rd anniversary this year, making it the longest running triathlon in Colorado. This family-friendly triathlon includes a Kids Only Triathlon, a Tri-a-Try for beginners and the original Triathlon for those who want to take on the full course. Participants that do the original triathlon can expect to 525 yard swim, 12 bike and a 5K run; the Tri-a-Try afeatures a 200 yard swim, 4 mile bike and a 2K run; and last the Kids Only Triathlon determines its distances by age. This fun Longmont event is made for everyone in the family to attend. It even features a wheelchair division. For more information or to register, visit ci.longmont.co.us/rec/special/triathlon.htm.

If a triathlon isn’t your style, but you are still looking for something you would like to try with the whole family then check out Longmont’s Sunrise Stampede, June 8. This event features a 2 mile run/walk and a 10K. Each run allows all ages, as well as baby strollers. This run qualifies as part of the ever-popular 3-Race Series. For more information or to register, visit sunrisestampede.com.

 

Kick Off Longmont’s Rhythm On The River

Roger’s River Run 5K Run/Walk kick off the Longmont’s premiere event Rhythm on the River every year. This year the run/walk is slated for July 12. Runners and walkers will get the chance to run this short, beautiful course that is along the St. Vrain Greenway trail system and begins and ends in Roger’s Grove. There is a limit on the amount of runners and walkers allowed so register early at, ci.longmont.co.us/rotr/run_reg.htm.

 

The Run With A View

Everyone knows that Estes Park gives some of the best mountain views around and the Coda Coffee Estes Park Marathon is no different as Colorado Runner Magazine has named it the “Most Scenic Race.” On June 16 runners of all shapes and sizes can experience either the marathon, marathon team relay, half marathon, 10K and a 5K. Runners can even do more than one! For those who have kids that want to experience the fun, they can join in at the Kids Fun Run on June 15 so arrive early! Find out more about the Estes Park Marathon and register at, epmarathon.org.

 

All About The Community

The Loveland Classic 5K/10K Run/Walk and Kids Run is an event that benefits Thompson Valley Preschool. This run, on July 20, is all about having fun and raising money for a good cause and teaching kids that its never to early to get focused on being healthy. To register visit, lovelandclassic.com.

 

Along The River

On June 30, make your way up to Lyons where you will run a trail-like course along the river at the Lyons River Run. This run is all about beauty and takes you away from the traditional road race along pavement and tracks. For those runners who try it out, you won’t be disappointed. The Lyons River Run is another qualifier for the 3-Race Series. For more information go to, townoflyons.com.

 

Head Into Old Town

The Fort Collins Human Race trickles runners through Old Town Fort Collins and includes a 5K/10K Run/Walk on July 27th. The 2013 race, marks this runs 30th anniversary and will feature all-new fast, scenic courses for runners to enjoy. This is a Zero-Waste event is family friendly andd includes a 1 mile Kids Fun Run at the end. Visit, fortcollinshumanrace.com for more information or to register.

 

Run for a cause

While all events are for a good cause the Town of Firestone’s Full Moon 5K is no different and raises awareness for colon cancer. This event, planned for September 7, kicks off a festival and is in its second year. Runners and walkers can enjoy a course along Firestone’s trail system and then stay and enjoy great food, music and vendors. This is also the last run in the 3-Race Series. To register or for more information, visit full-moon5k.com.

 

So just remember no matter why you run, get out this year and enjoy family and friends while you run or walk and help raise money for some really good causes!

Volunteers hand off cups of water to thirsty runners.

Volunteers hand off cups of water to thirsty runners.

 

Compiled By Summer Stair, Photos provided by Town of Firestone, Full Moon 5K and Sunrise Stampede