As you might guess if you've ever walked 1/8th of the way to Horsetooth Rock with us, TimCo & I don't run. To those of you who did -- of all ages -- in costume and not -- for 13.1 miles or for 1.6 last Sunday -- thanks for including us in your running culture for the morning. It was awesome and impressive.
8 million thanks to Betsy Fisher & Steve Cathcart for planning and executing the whole thing, to Book Trust for being a generally awesome and A-1 charity partner, to Patrick Bols & Jimmie Hinkle for letting me use some of your photos, and to the companies who sponsored it (see below) so that Book Trust kids can choose & own books next school year. And a shout-out to the FoCo Police Department for making it all work despite Ma Nature's best efforts during runoff season. (Possibly the first tag-in/tag-out 1/2 marathon in the US? Hang on. There's real terminology for this; let me look at Betsy's email. "Transition crossing" with "timing out" and "timing in".)
A few fun stats: 346 total participants signed up representing 4 countries (woohoo howdy, you folks from Colombia!) and 16 states. There were 221 finishers in the Half Marathon and 84 finishers in the Pint Run.
Here are some moments captured by Jimmie and Patrick. (And a couple by me. Yes, I took a picture of a purse.) There are more posted on the event page. With my amazing web skills, I cannot make the captions stay where they should be so please try to sort it out if you're reading them!
Cheers and congrats to all of you healthy and happy folk. Thanks for registering, running, and relaxing afterward, and for contributing to Book Trust. If you'd like to attend a Book Trust book delivery one day next school year in FoCo or Denver, give us a holler via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did not know that if only I could run, I could cross this type of finish line.
Many thanks to Kristine McAuliff & Linda Mitchell of Book Trust, who came up from DEN to participate (Here's Kristine pacing behind the awesome Scholastic Books books table before all you runners got here.)
Some of the wonderful NoCO Book Trust board members -- Joanna, Michele, & MaryPat -- serving up #freshtastycraftbeer. Next year, a photo of Holly, who was carding y'all, too!
HUGE SHOUTOUT TO CASA DEL MATADOR in the Foothills Mall. If you've not been there, go there. Great food. And they donated all your burritos, without any questions, to support Book Trust.
When I saw you could check a box to get a medal (mind you, as previously stated, I wasn't registering to RUN), I wondered which on earth adult would want such a thing. And then I saw these. Hello! Amy Hayman (local artist/potter) is amazeballs, clearly. And I need a link to her webpage, but I cannot find it.
Ken wore a silk jacket (with dragon design) and ran fast enough to make it billow out like dragon's wings. Extra credit.
Provided transport from here to there and everywhere. If you work out (and I know you do, because we saw y'all buffed out and whatnot), check out their climbing wall up here by H&D. As well as all their other facilities, o'course.
Karen & Sharon
& Claire & Abby & Chad.
(There's an even better pic on the FB events page, but I didn't get permission to use it here...)
Ed Carroll Motor Company
One Seven Advisors
Miramont Lifestyle Fitness
PFS Insurance Group
Spruce Moose Foundation
Casa del Matador Mexican Restaurant
Heart and Hand Chiropractic