Organizers cancel 2014 Breckenridge Road Marathon, plan for 2015
Runners hoping to participate in the first annual Breckenridge Road Marathon, half marathon and 8K this Saturday will have to wait another year. Event organizers announced a decision to cancel this year’s inaugural event due to low registration numbers and limited time between event approval and race day.
Run by Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports — the organization that put together La Maratona Verticale and the 2014 Ultra Race of Champions (UROC) earlier this summer — the race was scheduled to take place on an out-and-back road course on the recpath between Breckenridge and Copper Mountain.
“Low participation numbers weren’t going to allow us to put on the event we wanted to,” Alyssa Godesky, marketing director for Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports, said. “It was a little late to have people jump in for a marathon at 9,000 feet.”
She said that with more time to market the event she expects a solid turnout next year.
“Everything is still a go for 2015.”
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Only around 20 runners had registered by the time organizers decided to cancel the event, which still appears on the town of Breckenridge’s calendar. They had hoped to attract closer to 150 or 200 participants.
Permits and participation can be difficult in any first-year event. Frisco’s now annual SeasonFive Summit Games — which aspires to be Summit County’s version of the GoPro Mountain Games — had similar struggles in its first attempt in 2013. This summer’s second installment was met with more success. It was also moved to later in the summer, which organizers said helped as well.
The Vertical Runner store in Breckenridge will still host an informal run on Saturday in lieu of the marathon.
“We’re encouraging anybody to come out and run, and run any distance that they want to,” running shop co-owner Molly Mikita said. “I’m still pretty impressed that we have two guys coming to run the full marathon.”
The course will still be marked with turnaround points for the original race distances but runners can run any distance they choose. There is no registration and the run is free to the public. Runners will meet at the Vertical Runner store on Main Street in Breckenridge for a 10 a.m. start.
Mikita said they will still offer prizes and games along with a post-race get-together.
The store will also continue to host two regular weekly runs through the winter, a Wednesday morning trail run and a more casual Wednesday evening town run.
As for next year’s marathon, Mikita said, “We’re already well into the planning phases for 2015.”
Godesky added that the event is something race organizers and Bad to the Bone founders Francesca Conte and Russell Gill have had in mind ever since coming to Colorado.
Mikita told the Daily there had been a full-length road marathon in Summit County back in the ’70s and ’80s but there has not been one in recent memory. Next year’s course has yet to be finalized. Mikita said they hope to get a course approved that will be inspired by the original Breckenridge marathon.
“We expect, in the next 30 to 60 days, that we will have an announcement on the course,” she said.
More information on Vertical Runner’s group runs is available at http://www.verticalrunnerbreckenridge.com and on the store’s facebook page.
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