I did not feel ready for a marathon distance this year so I signed up for the half marathon. The Boulder Marathon is great for the simple fact that it is a trail run on dirt and gravel that is also a Boston qualifier.
Since I hope to run another race this year I used the half as a training run. I targeted a 2 hour time which I hit. After the injuries I had earlier this year it was great to actually sign up for a race!
The weather was hot and sunny with a stiff wind at times. Naturally the wind was a headwind. With over 3000 runners, sharing at least part of the course, the Boulder Res was a zoo.
The race is well planned and provided with food and drink. Plenty of vendor/sponsor tents were also there along with a local band cranking out some tunes. The massage tent, giving free 15 minute massages, was a very popular post race destination. The sign up sheet filled up fast with runners being told they had an hour wait ahead of them. It was a great day in Colorado! Consider running this race if you want a marathon experience that stands out from the normal race formula.
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