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Run the Rockies takes racers mostly downhill Saturday

FRISCO – Runners will have lots of opportunities to tell each other “it’s all downhill from here” at the 27th annual Run the Rockies on Saturday.

The event features a half-marathon and a 10-kilometer run/walk on the bike path. In recent years, organizers decided to start the run at Copper Mountain and end it in Frisco, which has allowed for a few lung-saving changes for participants.

“We changed Run the Rockies in 2000 to this downhill format,” said Linda Lichtendahl, community relations director for the town of Frisco, which helps organize the event. “For its prior 23 years, it had been an 18-mile course around the lake, starting and finishing in Frisco. We decided to change the format in an attempt to get more participants, and it was a big success. People like this race. They like to run through the canyon and get really good times.”



Both the half-marathon and 10K race begin at the Copper Mountain Conoco station and take runners (and walkers in the 10K) down the bike path through Ten Mile Canyon. The 10K ends on Frisco’s Main Street, and the half-marathon continues to just short of Farmer’s Korner, where it doubles back and also finishes on Main Street.

“The 10K is all downhill and the half-marathon is 75 percent downhill,” said Mike Heaston of Event Marketing Group, a Run the Rockies organizer. “We finally have a formula that works really well. It’s a mellow downhill and good training for a lot of people who get into longer marathons in the summer and fall.”



Run the Rockies drew more than 450 participants last year, and organizers expect 15 to 20 percent more this year.

Shuttles will take racers from Old Town Hall in Frisco to the starting line at Copper beginning at 7:15 a.m. Saturday. The last bus leaves Frisco at 8:05 a.m., and the race starts at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration is $19 for the 10K run/walk and $25 for the half-marathon. A $5 late fee will be added the day of the event. Registration is available until 5 p.m. today on http://www.active.com and until 4 p.m. Friday at Pioneer Sports in Frisco. Race-day registration is from 7:15 to 8 a.m. at Frisco Town Hall. For more information, call the town of Frisco at (970) 668-5276, ext. 3076.


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