Monday, January 20, 2014

Heart & Sole Half Marathon Moves to Downtown Boulder and a June Date

More changes for the race community in Boulder for 2014.  In addition to the Boulder Ironman 70.3 triathlon being moved to June, along with the new full Ironman Boulder kicking off in 2014, the Heart & Sole Half Marathon has moved their race to downtown Boulder location, in addition to moving their event date to the month of June.  This means more hectic parking arrangements for runners, and more competition for the Heart & Sole event with other popular half marathons in Colorado being held the same weekend.  The popular Slacker Half Marathon in Georgetown, Winter Park Half Marathon, Castle Rock Half Marathon, and Epic Mountain Challenge Half Marathon in Pagosa Springs, all fall on the same weekend as Heart & Sole.  The positive aspect of the change could mean it may draw in more local "in town" residents to run, in retrospect to distracting the out of towners who don't care to deal with the nightmare parking arrangement, similar to the Boulder Boulder event, which surprisingly still draws in a great amount of runners.  The other big plus for Heart & Sole is the race is very walker friendly, allowing 4 hours and 50 minutes of fully supported aid stations and traffic control, which will be a big advantage. The half marathon walking community is growing quickly and can always be a great way to attract larger participation numbers to an event.

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