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2017 Frisco Run the Rockies returns with 10K, half marathon on June 3

A runner passes rock formations in Tenmile Canyon during the 2016 Run the Rockies road race. The 41st edition of the annual 10K and half marathon returns to Frisco this Saturday, June 3.
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Run the Rockies 2017

What: The 41st running of an annual road 10K and half-marathon, held on a paved recpath course between Copper Mountain and Frisco

When: Saturday, June 3, at 8 a.m.

Where: Copper Mountain start, Frisco Main Street finish

Cost: $40 for 10K, $60 for half-marathon

Bus transportation from Frisco to the race venue is free from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Registration fees increase by $5 on race day, and all fees are $10 cheaper for runners 17 years old and younger. Cost includes aid stations, race T-shirt, timing and a post-race party on Main Street Frisco, with free pizza and one free beer from Backcountry Brewery or Outer Range Brewery. Prizes are awarded to top-three male and female runners for both distances, along with top finishers in each age division. To sign up or learn more, see RunTheRockies.com.

About a week ago, Kelsy Maxie ran 12 miles through her adopted hometown of Frisco for the first time since last summer, just to make sure she was fine to handle 13.1 miles at Run the Rockies this weekend.

It’s safe to say she’s ready for running season.

“It’s hard to go into a half-marathon if the longest you’ve ever done is 7 or 8 miles,” said Maxie, a 27-year-old who spends her weekdays as guest services manager for the Frisco Adventure Park and spends her weekends moonlighting as a distance runner. “Those last 5 or 6 miles can be brutal.”

This Saturday, Maxie tests her legs (again) when she joins more than 400 runners for Run the Rockies half-marathon. The day also includes a 10K, both of which are held on a classic, slightly downhill paved course between Copper Mountain and Frisco. It’s often considered the true start to summer running season in the Rocky Mountains, and everyone from Maxie to fellow Frisco local Katie Menaugh is ready to welcome the warm months.

“I just like to run,” 38-year-old Menaugh said two weeks before the race, about the same time Maxie was out testing her half-marathon legs. “It gets me in my head and outside, and it’s great stress relief.”

Like Maxie, Menaugh has already been on her hometown recpath to prepare for Run the Rockies. Unlike Maxie, this won’t be her first major run of the season: Menaugh finished a full marathon in Las Vegas in mid-April after a winter running inside when forced to and running outside when not. This marks her sixth season at Run the Rockies and she likes that the course is close, familiar and, best of all, slightly downhill from start to finish, at least for 10K runners.

“It’s just too much fun, and it’s downhill,” Menaugh said. “It’s small, it’s well-organized (and) the town does a great job with it. That makes it so much fun, and it’s right down the street. I can walk to town when I’m done.”

Half love

The 10K is a favorite for runners of all ages and abilities — it’s downhill, remember? — while the half-marathon is another favorite for folks just getting into distance running. Take Wildernest resident Consuelo Redhorse: The 38-year-old mother got into running about four years ago, soon after she moved to her neighborhood, and has fallen in love with the sport since then.

“It’s the community, the atmosphere, and it’s just a good way to kick off summer,” Redhorse said of Run the Rockies. “After ski season you want to lay around a little but — the trails aren’t ready — so it’s a good transition from winter to summer sports.”

Redhorse’s love of running started with two seasons of the Run the Rockies 10K. Last year, she decided it was time to push her boundaries and started training for the half-marathon: five days per week for 12 weeks straight.

And it worked.

“I really liked that last year,” Redhorse said. “I actually ran the half faster and with better times than the two 10Ks I did before then. I really didn’t think I could do it. On some of those long runs, you hit 8 or 9 miles and start thinking, ‘Is this really fun?’ But it was a lot of fun to put my mind to it and train for it.”

This year, Redhorse decided to forgo the half-marathon, and instead will run the 10K with her 9-year-old daughter, Jaxon. She just wrapped up her first season with Frisco Girls on the Run, a 10-week program for young runners, and finished with her very first 5K. The Run the Rockies 10K will be her longest race yet.

“I’m hoping that she wants to get out and hang with mom,” said Redhorse, who coached with Girls on the Run. “I tend to stick to the road. Me and my daughter have done a couple of trails and she seems to like those a little more. Maybe we’ll start switching it up.”

Party time

The half-marathon begins at 8 a.m., followed by the 10K at 8:30 a.m. The first runners will finish within 40 minutes — and then the party gets started. All runners are invited to the post-race party on Main Street in Frisco, where they’ll be rewarded for a morning of activity with complimentary beer and pizza from local restaurants and breweries, plus prizes for top-three male and female finishers from both distances. As usual in Frisco, the entire town shows up for the post-race bash, and with any luck it will be a great day for sunbathing on Main.

“With this race I know what’s coming, and I run in Frisco a ton so it’s just like doing a long run in my town with hundreds of other people,” Maxie said. “It’s always nice to have other people out with you.”

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