1. Best Race Route Around
Regardless of whether you're participating in the Boulder Marathon (26.2 miles), the Boulder Half Marathon (13.1 miles) or the Boulder 5 Mile, all race courses travel north from the Boulder Reservoir and out onto the backroads route. As you run along, you'll be amazed by the beauty of the farmlands just to the north of Boulder, and the view of the peaks just to the west is simply outstanding. If you've never participated in our race, it's essentially the opposite of a 'big city' marathon. No major crowds, plenty of clean air, and a more forgiving surface to run on. What more could you want in a running event, right?
2. Great Post Race Food
Regardless if you're the first or the last runner, we have plenty of great food for all race participants. We have a selection from many Colorado based food companies, and you'll definitely not go home hungry! Each race we try to improve the post race food, and you'll definitely like all the goodies we have for you after the Boulder Marathon event.
3. Great Race Course Support
We have an ample amount of aid stations - and toilets at each one. We serve water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, gels and fruit at all aid stations. We also feature medical support along the entire race route.
4. Great Race Sponsors
From Rudi's Organic and Boulder Fleet Feet to Gatorade, Larabar and Boulder Beer (and many more), we've put together a group of companies that fully support the event and are committed to its success. Look for many new sponsors to be announced between now and race day!
5. Top-Notch Race Merchandise
We pride ourselves on giving our runners more that they get from other events, simple as that. First, all participants receive a Boulder Marathon long sleeve technical running shirt with race logo; a cool Boston blue technical running hat, a poster of the bear, and a Boulder Marathon beverage glass with race logo. All marathon and half marathon finishers also receive a beautiful golden race medal, with a Boston blue ribbon to boot!
6. Zero Waste Event
Did you know that the Boulder Marathon and the Boulder Spring Half have over a 95% diversion rate for our race generated trash, recycling and compost? Over 95% of our post event items are either recycled or composted. And, according to our partner Eco-Cycle, that's about as high a diversion rate you can get with a race like this. We'll continue to make recycling and composting a priority for our events in the future!
7. Beautiful & Locally Made Race Awards
We put a lot off effort into providing race awards that our runners are proud to receive. All awards are made locally, and we give race awards to the first three places in each division. The Boulder Marathon and Half Marathon both have 5-year increments in age division awards (10-year increments in 5 Mile).
8. USA Track & Field Colorado Half Marathon Championships
We're honored that USA Track & Field has again selected the Boulder Half Marathon as the 2013 Colorado Half Marathon Championships, and you'll be amazed at the talent that lines up in the elite division for the start of the Boulder Half Marathon this year! We'll definitely continue to support competitive running on a statewide and elite level, and we're proud to have given out more than $30,000 in cash prizes to elite athletes over the last 5 years - more than any other Colorado based marathon or half marathon organization.
9. Fantastic Volunteers & Race Marshals
Each of our events has the support and cooperation of literally hundreds of volunteers and race marshals. These people are the backbone of the event, and all runners and walkers are well taken care of while running along the race route. Many thanks to those of you who have volunteered in the past, and we thank everyone who has volunteered for our 2013 event!
10. Support of Many Boulder and State of Colorado Agencies
Needless to say, we're immensely indebted to all of the folks who come out on a Sunday to help us operate the race. From the Boulder Police and Sheriff's Office to the Colorado State Patrol, our event security is in good hands. And many thanks to all of the City of Boulder and Boulder County employees who help make our events a reality.
If you haven't registered yet, we're considering a race cap so don't delay if you want to join us at the Boulder Reservoir on September 22nd!