By Jennifer Rios
March 7, 2018
Broomfield’s first-ever marathon will highlight wildlife, local trail systems and stunning Rocky Mountain views.
Broomfield Rotary Club and A Precious Child will be hosting the city’s inaugural Broomfield Trails Marathon along with a half marathon, 10K and 5K race. The four races will take place Nov. 4.
“Runners start planning out their year and races early on,” Sara Farris, spokeswoman with North Metro Fire Rescue District, said, “so we want to give people ample time to set their schedules and be able to register early, get a spot and set their training schedule.”
Farris, who is helping with marketing for the race, said organizers thought this race would provide another opportunity for long-distance runners. The race begins and ends in Broomfield and travels through portions of Westminster and Boulder County.
“Another unique aspect to the race that really drove the inspiration for this is really highlighting the trail system in Broomfield and the surrounding area,” Farris said. “It sets Broomfield apart and focuses on open and green space. We want to show off those great features and bring people to the area and show what it has to offer.”
All races will begin at the Broomfield Community Center, 280 Spader Way, and will incorporate multiple trails and open spaces throughout Broomfield, Westminster and Boulder County. Race participants will enjoy panoramic mountain views and volunteer support along their routes until they cross the finish line back at the community center.
After leaving the start line at the Community Center in Broomfield, the course passes the historic yellow Brunner Farm and heads north to join Lake Link Trail.
At mile two, looking west, runners will see the Flatirons and a panoramic view of the Rockies stretching north to south with Longs Peak in full view.
At mile four, the trail turns onto Rock Creek Trail to the west, passing the original Miller Farm and its stage coach station and heading toward Stearns Lake.
At this trail’s end, the course moves onto a paved cycle path, gently climbing up Deception Hill to the Broomfield Event Center, followed by downhill to the Big Dry Creek Trail. This follows the tree-lined creek with nesting bald eagles, red tailed hawks or horned owls camouflaged in the trees.
After seven miles, the trail turns west through suburban streets and onto Quail Creek, McKay Landing and past Plaster Lake for the final flat push to the finish at the Community Center.
Proceeds from the races will benefit A Precious Child programs and other charities in Colorado through the Broomfield Rotary Charitable Foundation.
“Broomfield doesn’t have a full or half marathon, and we saw an opportunity to appeal to the active residents in Colorado and also make a difference in our community,” Broomfield Rotary Club member and race chair John Abboud said. “Our goal is to make this a top-rated race in the state while raising funds for worthy charities that serve our region.”
Both nonprofits partner with other organizations to provide a positive impact for the area. The Broomfield Rotary Club has donated more than $1 million over the past decade to charitable causes, while A Precious Child has partnered with more than 300 agencies in eight surrounding counties to assist children and families in need.
“As we continue to grow, we have a great need to expand the space we operate out of in order to serve more families. We are excited to work alongside the Broomfield Rotary in order to organize a great family-friendly event that will give back to Broomfield and its residents,” said Carina Martin, CEO and founder of A Precious Child.
Cash prizes will be awarded for the full and half marathons. Medals will be given to top runners, and ribbons will be given to all finishers.
Cookies, oranges, apples, and bananas will be available after the races, along with a sponsor and vendor expo, massages, and music.
Aid stations will be every two miles along the course and professional photo downloads will be available after the race.
The course will be accurately measured and timing chips will be used, Farris said, so it will count as a qualifier for other races. There are no qualifiers necessary for this race.
Parking will be available at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library, 3 Community Park Road; Broomfield Health & Human Services, 100 Spader Way and additional locations around the park.
Organizers also are calling for volunteers and expect they will need several hundred to help put on the races.