10 Runs to do Around Fort Collins

Rachel Rasmussen


Distance: 5K

Sunday, Sept 8


Starts at Fort Collins High School

The course runs around Fort Collins High School along their “John Martin Invitational” course. Any money not used for the race goes towards helping Fort Collins High School’s DECA students raise money for the American Breast Cancer Foundation.

Fall Equinox Half Marathon

Distance: 13.1M, 5M

Sunday, Sept 22

Starts at Poudre Canyon

Run through the beauty of fall in Colorado on this downhill race course.

Bacon Strip Races

Distance: 10M, 4M

Sunday, Sept 29

Created in honor of Jane Welzel; an accomplished runner who competed in the Olympic Trials Marathon 5 times

CSU Homecoming

Distance: 5K


Saturday, Oct 5

Starts at CSU Oval

Proceeds from the race go to the Heart Disease Prevention Program of the Human Performance Clinical Research Lab. This program gives individuals the opportunity to be screened for all the risk factors for heart disease. 

Long View Marathon

Distance: 26.2M, 13.1M

Saturday, Oct 5

Marathoners starts in City Park, Half-Marathoners start at Fossil Creek Park

Created by Fort Collins and Loveland runners as a way to exhibit the connection between the two cities and allows runners to access the beauty of the plains located between Loveland and Fort Collins.

Friend Day 5K

Distance: 5K

Saturday, Oct 12

Starts at Front Range Baptist Church

This race was designed to be family, pet, and stroller friendly. Participants run, or walk, on mostly paved ground with only one moderate incline.

Blue Sky Trail Marathon

Distance: 26.2M

Saturday, Oct 19

Starts at Blue Sky Trailhead in Horsetooth Mountain Park

Designed for all runners who are looking to enjoy the hogbacks of Northern Colorado’s Front Range as they gain 3,500 feet in vertical and lose the same amount in elevation.

CO Brewery Running Series

Distance: 5K

Saturday, Oct 19

Starts at New Belgium Brewing Company

This is a more relaxed race where participants can choose their own pace. The course weaves through sidewalks, parks, and along trails and ends at the New Belgium Brewing Company with the promise of beer for its participants once they finish the course.

CSU Veterans 5K

Distance: 5K

Saturday, Oct 26

Takes place at Colorado State University

Participants will run around CSU’s the Oval and make their way around the main campus of CSU along a paved path. This race serves as a fundraiser to raise money for the CSU Veterans Scholarship fund that helps honorably or medically discharged veterans who are living with disabilities related to their military service.

Phantom 4 Miller

Distance: 4M 

Saturday, Oct 26

Starts at Anheuser-Busch Brewery

This race is a dog-friendly, Halloween themed race that participants can walk or run. There is also a costume contest before the race, so come dressed to impress.