Unique professional racing format, where staggered start times means runners merge near the end for an exciting finish.
FORT COLLINS, COLO. (September 2, 2019) – FORTitude 10K, voted 5280’s 2018 Editor’s Choice for running events, today announced that 6,070 walkers, joggers and runners registered for the 2019 event and 5,326 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.
“The third running of the FORTitude 10K was the most memorable race to date.” said Race Director Cliff Bosley. “The race went off without a hitch and we had one of the most exciting professional races in FORTitude’s history.”
The FORTitude 10K “A” wave started at 8:00 a.m. Eric Hamer, 27 of Fort Collins and track and field runner at Colorado State University won the men’s citizen’s race finishing with a time of 30:32. The top women’s finisher was Yumi Yoshikawa, 28 of Japan with a time of 35:07.
Following the FORTitude 10K road race was the 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 and accounting for altitude. The staggered start times meant that everyone was projected to merge near the end for an incredibly exciting finish.
For the first time, female Jen Bergman, 27 of Boulder won the USA Pro Race Chase with a time of 34:37.6. While she was not the fastest time, the race’s unique format and staggered start time as well as her performance meant she was the first to cross the finish line. Alejandro Garcia, 25 of Chappell, NE, was the first male to finish with a time of 31:21.7. Grant Fisher, 25 from Fort Collins had the fastest men’s time with 30:23.4 and Becky Wade, 30 of Superior, was the fastest woman with a time of 34:22.2. Total prize money paid was $23,650. One of top prize purses in Colorado.
The Salute to First Responders honored Fort Collins police officer Scott Brittingham who saved the life of Fort Collins resident Jason Levi who suffered a major heart attack while out playing tennis. The salute was hosted by KWGN’s Deborah Takahara and included the Fort Collins Police Honor Guard, the National Anthem performed by Colorado State University Mountain Horns A-Capella, and sky divers from Mile High Skydiving who concluded the ceremony.
Clich here for the full 2019 USA Pro Chase Race Results.
Click here for 2019 Fortitude 10K race results.
About Team BolderBOULDER
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 7, 2019 at the University of Colorado and the FORTItude 10K in Fort Collins, CO finishing at Colorado State University’s Canvas Stadium on Labor Day. Learn more at https://bb10k.bolderboulder.com/
About the City of Fort Collins
The City of Fort Collins is a full-service municipal organization operating under a home rule, Council-manager form of government. Various national organizations and magazines recognize Fort Collins as one of the best places to live in the nation. Sixty miles north of Denver, Fort Collins is home to 172,000 residents, Colorado State University, an outstanding public school system, several large high-tech employers and leading businesses in the microbrew industry. The community offers exciting recreational opportunities, unique cultural offerings and amenities, and is a regional center for employment and commerce. In 2017, the City of Fort Collins was named a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. Learn more at www.fcgov.com.