In its inaugural year, FORTitude 10K becomes one of the largest road races in Fort Collins
Over 7,700 registered runners and 1,000 volunteers participated in the new Labor Day Tradition
FORT COLLINS, COLO. (September 4, 2017) – FORTitude 10K, Colorado’s newest 10K road race, today announced that 7,786 walkers, joggers and runners registered for the 2017 event and 6,972 crossed the finish line this Labor Day. Over 1,000 volunteers from Fort Collins and the Northern Colorado community came together to make the event possible.
“Today was an incredible day,” said FORTitude 10K race director Cliff Bosley. “We have been working with Colorado State University and The City of Fort Collins for nearly four years on this event, and to see it come to fruition today, was amazing.”
The FORTitude 10K “A” wave started at 8:00 a.m. Michael Chavez, 32 of Fort Collins won the men’s citizen’s race finishing with a time of 32:51.33. The top women’s finisher was Elvin Kibet, 27 of Colorado Springs with a time of 33:34.58.
Following the FORTitude 10K road race was the first-ever USA Pro Chase Race. The race is unique because the men’s and women’s races are combined with everyone competing against each other. Each racer gets an individual start time based on his or her projected finish time, calculated by an algorithm using previous races. The staggered start times meant
that everyone was projected to merge near the end for an incredibly exciting finish.
Western State’s Ian Butler, 20 won the inaugural USA Pro Race Chase with a time of 30.32.30. Maggie Callahan, 28 of Boulder, was the top female runner with a time of 35:40. Haron Lagat, 34 of Colorado Springs had the fastest men’s time with 29.40.10 and Natosha Rogers, 26 of Littleton, was the fastest women with a time of 33.42.30
The Salute to Labor Day, where the Fortitude 10K honored members of Colorado Taskforce One and members of the Poudre Fire Authority. The salute was hosted by KWGN’s Deborah Takahara and Mike Landess and included the Poudre Fire Authority Honor Guard, a performance from the Broncos Stampede and sky divers who concluded the ceremony.
The highlight of the program though, was the story of the World Trade Center Steel that was brought to Fort Collins by Poudre Fire Authority Firefighters who spent weeks digging through the rubble after the towers collapsed on September 11, 2001.
Click here for 2017 Fortitude 10K race results.
About Team BolderBOULDER and the FORTitude 10K
Team BolderBOULDER is the owner and organizer of the BolderBOULDER Memorial Day 10K Classic named America’s All-Time Best 10K by Runner’s World. This race attracts over 50,000 runners, joggers, walkers and wheelchair racers, and draws professional athletes from around the world to compete for one of the largest non-marathon prize purses in road racing. This team also organizers the ColderBOLDER 5K on December 2, 2017 at the University of Colorado and new to 2017, the inaugural FORTItude 10K in Fort Collins, CO finishing at the newly constructed Sonny Lubick Field at CSU Stadium on Labor Day. For more information please visit: www.bolderboulder.com