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Second Annual Broomfield Trails Marathon Set for October 13

Aug 31, 2019 07:56AM
By Megan Eichner

The second annual Broomfield Trails Marathon will be held on October 13, sponsored by the
Broomfield Rotary Club to raise money for A Precious Child and other charitable causes.
Broomfield Rotary has been supporting charities in our community for the last 50 years, and in
the last decade has donated more than $1 million to a multitude of organizations. The proceeds
from the Marathon will be split evenly between A Precious Child and Broomfield Rotary, which
will then distribute to other local charities. Race planners were motivated to create the event by
a desire “to form an event that would highlight the great community we have here in Broomfield
and engage people beyond our city.”

The Broomfield Marathon is on track to become the largest running event in the North Metro
area, according to the event website. Although it is named as a marathon, the event will also
include a half marathon, as well as 10K and 5K races. The event is being hosted at the
Broomfield Community Center, surrounded by the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library, the Civic
Center, and the North Metro Fire Administration Offices. The location provides plenty of parking,
spectacular views of the Front Range Mountains, and space for the Expo Area which will feature
booths from race sponsors and vendors. Attendees are encouraged to browse, shop, and enjoy
the variety of food trucks and beverage stands that will also be available in the Expo Area. And
there will be music provided by DJ Jenny D from KOSI Radio during the after-race party.

The Marathon is intended for families and people of all ages to enjoy, but is also a professional
race to attract more serious runners. The 5K and 10K races will feature ribbons for all finishers
as well as the option to bring strollers and well-behaved dogs on a leash. These races are best
suited for new runners, families, kids, or those wanting to walk instead of run. The full marathon
and half marathon will feature medals for finishers, cash prizes for top finishers, and the option
to run as a relay team for the full marathon. Each racer will receive a numbered bib as well as a
professional timing chip. The certified race allows marathon runners to qualify for The Boston
Marathon, as well as 5K and 10K runners to qualify for The Bolder Boulder. Runners can

For those wanting to cheer on runners as they pass by, the best locations will be along any of
the open space trails on the course. The race route was created to highlight all of the best parts
of Broomfield as well as the spectacular views of the mountains all along the way. Race director
John O’Hayre said, “The Broomfield Trails Marathon really capitalizes on the beautiful scenery
our area offers and combines the views and trails that come with a trail race with the race
support that comes with a street race.” The race route includes many iconic Broomfield trails
and locations, including the Brunner Farmhouse, Lake Link Trail, Rock Creek Trail, the First
Bank Center, and Big Dry Creek Trail.

As the second annual Broomfield Trail Marathon, the organizers have high expectations and
hopes for the race to exceed the previous year in participants and funds raised. Last year, the
event was able to raise a total of $26,000. There were 800 participants from across Colorado,
and even some runners from other states. John O’Hayre said, “last year’s event was a big
success, and we are grateful to all the runners, walkers, sponsors, and volunteers who made
Broomfield’s first marathon possible. This year we hope to make it even better, as we strive to
be a top-rated race in the state.” The goal for this year is to have 1,200 participants and a
fundraising total of $30,000.

If you want to get involved but aren’t primed for the run, there are many opportunities for
community members who would like to volunteer assisting with water stations, start and finish
lines, traffic control, and more. For information about the race or to sign up as a participant or
volunteer, please visit broomfieldmarathon.com.