September 26th, 2014


Dear Runner,

 

My apologies once again for the Boulder Marathon having to be postponed until fall 2015. We're working with City and County planners over the next several weeks to determine dates for the 2015 Boulder Spring Half and Boulder Marathon events. As we've said before, all 2014 Boulder Marathon registrants can use their 2014 entry for either of our 2015 events. Once 2015 dates are finalized, we'll send you a no-charge registration link for the 2015 event of your choice. 

 

Over the last several days, some runners have asked the question why I didn't initially (letter below) go into detail as to the reasons why we weren't able to secure the race permit. Fair game. As a person who has competed in countless events, I totally get that. As I told a reporter from the Boulder Camera newspaper a few days ago, in an effort to clarify this, the task of evaluating and creating a new medical plan for the Boulder Marathon, combined with the task of re-designing, measuring and certifying a new championship race course (both of which were mandated after the Spring Half tragedy) simply became impossible in time for the Boulder Marathon event. The race course and medical plan are the cornerstone of a permit for a race like this - and if neither is finalized the permit simply cannot happen. 

 

As our friends at the City of Boulder and Boulder County know, we worked hard all summer to finalize the changes that had to be made in time for the October event. However, we simply ran out of time to make all of the necessary changes, and ultimately the event had to be postponed. Why did I not explain this in detail in the initial letter to runners below? Because, as I've said all along, it wasn't possible to explain the changes we were making with the race without also discussing what happened at the Spring Half. And, out of respect to Jessica Dillon and her family, it simply wasn't appropriate to discuss any of this in a public forum. Period.  

 

But since some people have jumped to incorrect assumptions and judgments, it has become necessary to clarify all of this to the runners. Obtaining a permit to conduct this event became impossible with the medical plan and new race course design still in a state of flux. We did our best to get all of this done in time for the event, but that unfortunately became impossible.

 

Over the last ten years, I've produced twelve Boulder Marathon and Boulder Spring Half events, which is more large running events at the Boulder Reservoir than any other local race director during that time. These events are immensely important to me, and our staff puts in a massive amount of work in preparation for each of them - no different than the hard work a runner puts in training.  

 

As a life-long endurance athlete, native of Denver, and Boulder resident for the last 30 years, believe me when I tell you that postponing the Boulder Marathon this year is the last thing I wanted to have happen. To all of the runners who were affected, please accept my most sincere apologies. There was just no other way.


Best Regards,


Jeff Mason

Race Director

 

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September 19th, 2014


Dear Runner,

 

Unfortunately it has become necessary to postpone the Boulder Marathon event until fall 2015. The hurdles and challenges in the wake of the Boulder Flood one year ago ultimately made it impossible to produce the Boulder Marathon event in 2014. Add to this the tragedy that occurred at the Boulder Spring Half Marathon, and the task of producing the 2014 Boulder Marathon event simply became impossible.  

 

All runners who are registered for the 2014 Boulder Marathon, Half Marathon & 5 Mile event on October 5th will be able to use their paid entry fee for either the 2015 Boulder Spring Half Marathon, or next fall's Boulder Marathon event. The minute we know our 2015 dates we'll send you a no-charge registration link for either the Boulder Spring Half or the Boulder Marathon event. Dates of both events will be finalized by the end of October.

 

It's disappointing to have to tell you this news, but know that we have a lot to look forward to in 2015. We have a new USA Track & Field championship race course that returns around the east side of the reservoir and is much better for runners and spectators alike (we'll post the new map soon); a new Boulder non-profit charity that we're really excited about; and we'll have several other new sponsors for 2015 as well.

 

Finally, on a very sad note, I'd like to note the passing of Jessica Dillon at the Boulder Spring Half Marathon in May. Also, Lesley Kinder, race director of the Boulder Backroads Marathon (1999 - 2006), passed away this spring as well. Speaking for myself (and I know for many others in the Colorado running community) my heartfelt condolences go out to the Dillon and Kinder families during this difficult time.

 

Next year marks our 10th year producing the Boulder Marathon and Boulder Spring Half Marathon. While this year hasn't been the easiest, I for one am looking forward to 2015, and hope to see you at the Boulder Spring Half in May.

 

Good luck with your running, and stay tuned for information on our 2015 events.

 

Best Regards,


Jeff Mason

Race Director