The Horestooth Half Marathon course offers stunning views of the Fort Collins skyline between the iconic peaks of Horsetooth Mountain and Arthur’s Rock. The opening five miles of the course will deliver these views across azure waters as you make your way along the eastern shoreline of Horsetooth Reservoir on the hills of Centennial Drive.
The start of the race begins at 5,195 feet above sea level and takes runners on a nearly 500-ft. climb to the top of “Monster Mountain” at mile 1.7. After the big opening climb, the course follows the eastern shoreline of Horsetooth Reservoir, rolling past the ‘A’ Hill and North Dam Hill (5,579′) on a net downhill trajectory. Runners begin their eastward journey to the finish at New Belgium Brewing with the final climb of the course over Bingham Hill (5,252′).
After climbing Bingham Hill it is all downhill along the Cache la Poudre recreational trail into The New Belgium Finish Line Party and post-race expo in Old Town Fort Collins. The party includes free New Belgium beer for those over 21, post-race food, raucous live music and giveaways at the sponsor expo and awards ceremony. Once you’ve had your fill, jump on a free shuttle bus back to the Holiday Twin Drive-In to pick up your car.
Distance: 13.1 miles with +917 ft / -1,154 ft of elevation change (net 237 ft loss)
Point-to-Point Course: Dixon Canyon Dr to New Belgium Brewing
Packet Pick-up: Saturday, November 13, 2021 from Noon-6pm at the Raintree Athletic Club & from 7:00-8:15am race morning south of Maxwell Natural Area on Dixon Canyon Dr.
6:30: Parking open.
7:00 – 8:15: Race-day registration and packet pickup
8:30: Race Start
9:40: First finisher
10:00: Live music & New Belgium Post-Race Party begins
11:30: Overall and Age Group Awards
12:30: Final finisher, course closed
2:00: Event closed
NEW BELGIUM FINISH LINE PARTY
Your race registration fee includes free entry into the famed New Belgium Finish Line Party.
Those wishing to enjoy free beers from New Belgium will need to provide proof of age, so don’t forget to bring your ID. Runners will have the option to show proof of age at packet pickup on Saturday. Runners showing proof of age at packet pickup will have to attach their Over 21 wristband then and keep it on until their finish the next day.
Fort Collins favorite hangout, the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant will be serving up hearty post-race food for all finishers.
The party will be energized by live music from our headline act – to be announced – who’ll play either side of the awards and prize giving. The party alone will be worth the price of your race entry. Consider the race itself an added perk.