It’s our second trip to Ft. Collins this year. Last time we saw Poudre Canyon and this time we run the Blue Sky Marathon which tours Horsetooth Mountain.

Race Report: Blue Sky Marathon

A fantastic race with a mix of hills and runnable flat-ish sections. The course covers approximately 3,500 feet of elevation gain and descent. The fully exposed course was not too hot as you start just before sunrise. Given the Colorado weather, this means the race started at 37°F and hit a peak of 70°F.

Blue Sky Trail Marathon Course Profile

Blue Sky Trail Marathon Course Profile

The race features a wonderful mix of what Colorado terrain has to offer. From dirt roads and hardpack single track to very technical rocky sections and a good portion of boulder fields, this race keeps you on your toes. My only complaint is that the race is a down and back style on predominantly single track. This means large portions of the race require you to step aside while runners pass in the opposite direction. Not the worse thing in the world of course.

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Lowest Point: 5,335 feet

Highest Point: 6,502 feet

Approximate Gain: 3,500 feet

Approximate Descent: 3,500 feet

Annie's Finishing Time: 6:47:27

Scott's Finishing Time: 6:46:29

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