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Long View Marathon & Half Marathon
10/05/19 7:30am - 1:30pm
Foote Lagoon Amphitheatre, 500 E. 3rd St., Loveland, CO 80537
Contact: Sara McWattersPhone: 9702159642E-mail: info@sweetheartcityracing.comEvent Website
Cost: $50-120
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The Long View Marathon will start at City Park in Fort Collins, CO (1500 W. Mulberry St, 80521) at 7:30a on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

The Long View Half Marathon will start on Fossil Creek Parkway immediately west of Fossil Creek Park in Fort Collins, CO (5821 S. Lemay Ave, 80525) at 8:00a on Saturday, October 5, 2019.


The Long View Marathon & Half Marathon will finish at the Foote Lagoon Amphitheater in Loveland, CO (300 N Adams St, 80537). Final race cut-off will be 1:30p (Marathon – 6hrs; Half Marathon – 5.5hrs).

Gear Bags

Runners can leave a *small* gear bag at the start with any clothing they need transported to the finish. Your bib number must be clearly visible on the outside of the bag so you can claim your bag from the finish.


Bags must be deposited for transportation no later than 15 minutes before the start.


Marathon Start:
Parking will be available within City Park. A parking map is coming soon.

Half Marathon Start:
Parking will be available within Fossil Creek, with overflow parking on city streets. The walk from the main parking to the start line is approximately 0.7mi. A parking map is coming soon.

There is limited parking immediately at the Foote Lagoon Amphitheatre, available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Overflow parking on city streets. A parking map is coming soon.


Free shuttle buses back to race starts at City Park and Fossil Creek Park will be available from the Foote Lagoon between 10:00am and 3:00pm. 



Fluid Stations

There will be 12 fluid stations along the Marathon route and 5 for the Half Marathon. Stations will be stocked with water and sports drink. First-aid kits and portable toilets will also be available at aid stations.

Sites and mileages are tentative.

Location Marathon Half
Poudre High School 2.0mi
Hughes Stadium 4.4mi
Cottonwood Glen Park 5.7mi
Fossil Creek Underpass 7.8mi
Taft Hill Underpass 8.9mi
Pleasant Hill Lane 11.2mi
Fossil Creek Park 13.2mi
Trilby Road 14.8mi 1.5mi
County Road 30 17.6mi 4.3mi
Boyd Lake North 19.6mi 6.3mi
Boyd Lake South 22.1mi 9.0mi
Allendale Park 24.1mi 11.0mi


Friday, October 4
2:00-7:00PM – Packet Pickup & Pre-Race Expo (Location TBD)

Saturday, October 5
6:00AM – Race Day Marathon Packet Pickup opens @ City Park
7:15AM – Race Day Marathon Packet Pickup Closes
7:30AM – Marathon Start
7:00AM – Race Day Half Marathon Packet Pickup opens @ Fossil Creek Park
8:15AM – Race Day Half Marathon Packet Pickup Closes
8:00AM – Half Marathon Start
8:30AM – Finish Line, Party & Expo Opens @ Foote Lagoon Amphitheater
10:00AM – Shuttle buses from Finish to Fossil Creek Park (Half Marathon Start) and City Park (Marathon Start) begin.
10:30AM – Marathon Fossil Creek Aid Station Cut-Off (Mile 13.2)
11:00AM – Awards Ceremony @ Foote Lagoon Amphitheater
1:30PM – Finish Cut-Off (Mile 26.2/13.1)
2:00PM – Final shuttle buses from Finish to City Park or Fossil Creek Park
2:00PM – Finish Party & Expo Closes

Spectator Access

While the full course is open to the public, please respect both the runners and local residents by not impeding traffic or parking in non-designated areas. We recommend the following spots for best trail access and parking for spectators.

  • Poudre High School (Mile 2.0)
  • Spring Canyon Park (Mile 6.5)
  • Taft Hill Road (Mile 8.9) – Limited Parking
  • College Avenue – East Side (Mile 12.0)
  • Fossil Creek Park (Miles 12.8-14)
  • Carpenter Road (Mile 16.5 / 3.4)
  • Boyd Lake State Park (Miles 20-23 / 7-10) – Must Have Colorado State Parks Pass
  • Seven Lakes Park (Mile 23.8 / 10.7)
  • Eisenhower Boulevard – North Side (Mile 24.5 / 11.4)


Rules of Competition

  1. Obey all traffic signals and traffic control personnel (runners, crews and spectators).
  2. No littering. Place trash in bins, hand to race volunteers, or drop in designated cup drop zones immediately following aid stations.
  3. The cut-off for the Marathon is 6 Hours, and for the Half Marathon 5.5 Hours.
  4. To continue the second half of the Marathon, you must leave the Fossil Creek Fluid Station (mile 13.2) by 3 hours elapsed race time.
  5. No course cutting, early starts, late starts or alterations. You must run the full marked distance to be given credit for a finish.
  6. Your bib must be worn on the front and visible at all aid stations.
  7. Do not transfer your official bib number or timing device to anyone or any organization for any purpose, including charity auction, lottery, or other fundraising efforts.
  8. Do not act in a manner which, in the judgment of the race officials, interferes with race operations, other participants, or the integrity of the competition.

Time Cut-Offs

Runners have a total of 6 hours to complete the Marathon. This is an average pace of 13:45 per mile.

Runners have a total of 5.5 to complete the Half Marathon.

Pace Groups

We are plan to offer pacing for the following time goals:


  • 3:15 (7:27 per mile pace)
  • 3:30 (8:01 per mile pace)
  • 3:45 (8:35 per mile pace)
  • 4:00 (9:10 per mile pace)
  • 4:30 (10:18 per mile pace)
  • 5:00 (11:27 per mile pace)

Half Marathon:

  • 1:30 (6:52 per mile pace)
  • 1:45 (8:01 per mile pace)
  • 2:00 (9:10 per mile pace)
  • 2:15 (10:18 per mile pace)
  • 2:30 (11:30 per mile pace)
  • 2:45 (12:45 per mile pace)

If you are interested in volunteering as a pace group leader, please contact us.


October weather on Colorado’s Front Range can be somewhat unpredictable. Typically, you can expect morning lows in the mid 30s and daytime highs in the 60s. Some years have seen snow, some years have seen temperatures in the 80s. Fort Collins averages 300 days of sunshine a year. Expect blue skies, but come prepared for anything.

Packet Pickup & Expo

Pre-Race Packet Pickup and Expo will be on Friday, October 4 from 2:00-7:00PM. Location is TBD.

Those wishing to drink a beer at the post-race party have the option of showing proof of age and receiving and attaching their +21 wristband at packet pickup. 

To speed up the check-in process, you will be able to look up your bib number online beginning race week:

Race day packets and registration will be available at each start line, from 6:00-7:15AM in City Park for the Marathon and 6:30-7:45AM in Fossil Creek Park for the Half Marathon. The races will start promptly at 7:30 and 8:00AM, so we will be enforcing a strict cut-off on the deadline to pick up packets.



How did the Long View Marathon come to be?

At the completion of the Long View and Front Range Bike Paths in Summer 2018, a dream to connect the towns of Fort Collins and Loveland by foot under the auspices of a timed race became possible. The route between the twin communities allows runners to access some of the most beautiful natural areas in the plains immediately adjacent to Northern Colorado’s towering Front Range Mountains.

That realization sparked a simultaneous vision in both Fort Collins-based Gnar Runners and Loveland-based Sweetheart City Racing. How better to showcase this special connection than creating an annual running celebration between the two towns and running communities. The Long View Marathon and Half Marathon represents a unique collaborative experience for runners to enjoy!

Who are the Race Organizers?

Founded in 2011, Gnar Runners annually manages Fort Collins’ running crown jewel, the Horsetooth Half Marathon, in addition to numerous other road, trail and ultrarunning events.

Sweetheart City Racing brings the experience of six annual races up to 25K across Loveland’s streets and bike paths.

Through this partnership, their combined experience gives runners a one-of-a-kind taste of Colorado’s acclaimed racing scene.

Upcoming Events

Loveland Downtown District, 350 N. Cleveland Ave., Loveland, Colorado 80537

Visit the five Loveland Downtown District breweries during our first annual Downtown Beer Week!!

This event is your opportunity to celebrate local craft beer from Crow Hop Brewing Co, Rock Coast Brewery, Big Thompson Brewery, Loveland Aleworks and Verboten Brewing!

Enjoy brewery tours, new beer releases, tasting specials, individual brewery events and more! Learn about each brewery's history, ingredients and techniques, meet the brewers and try some outstanding craft beers!

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10/14/19 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Loveland Downtown Partnership & Downtown Development Authority, 350 N. Cleveland Ave. , Loveland, CO 80537
Contact: Sonja Rosenberger| Executive Assistant (M-Th 9-5)Phone: 970.541.4333E-mail: srosenberger@lovelandpartnership.orgEvent Website

Loveland DDA Board Meeting
Second Monday of the Month at 4:00 pm



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10/14/19 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Loveland Creator Space, 320 N Railroad Ave., Loveland, CO 80537
Contact: Mary Connole

All are welcome to attend the open Monday meeting to discuss what's going on this week in Loveland and at Loveland CreatorSpace and to talk about or request help for their projects. You do not need to be a member to attend.

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Loveland Downtown District, 350 N. Cleveland Ave., Loveland, Colorado 80537
Contact: Fawn Floyd-BaltzerPhone: 9705414337E-mail: ffloyd@lovelandpartnership.orgEvent Website

More details to come soon!

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10/18/19 8:00pm - 10/19/19 1:00am
Wicked Tequila Room, 123 E 4th St, Loveland, Colorado 80537
Contact: Brandon DillPhone: 9702151631E-mail: brandon_dill@comcast.netEvent Website
Cost: FREE

Come decked out in white and neon for our Black Light Party! Glow Margaritas will be served and DJ Brian Howe will bring the tunes. Bring all of your friends out to Loveland's Best Bar!


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10/19/19 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Loveland Alewroks , 118 West 4th Street, Loveland, CO 82537
Cost: FREE

The 2019 Loveland Zombie Crawl will take place on Saturday October 19th, 2019. Starting at Loveland Aleworks. We'll have Juiced On Imagination and Phobia Entertainment on site doing Zombie make-up. Costume Contest at 5:30 for individuals, groups, and children. Group Photo will be at dusk. DJ Kieren will be providing the soundtrack to get your night started off right.

Make sure to stop at our friends throughout downtown who will be doing drink specials throughout the evening for those in Zombie attire. Burk's TavernThe Laureate Publick HouseEast End Ale HouseRock Coast BreweryPourhouse Bar and Grill


We'll have also Piggin' Out Loveland BBQ on site.

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10/19/19 8:00pm - 10/20/19 12:00am
Wicked Tequila Room, 123 E 4th St, Loveland, Colorado 80537
Contact: Brandon DillPhone: 9702151631E-mail: brandon_dill@comcast.net
Cost: free

The zombies will be in full force after their annual zombie crawl. Come dressed up as scary monsters and zombies for fun Halloween themed drinks and shots!


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10/21/19 8:00am - 9:00am
Loveland Downtown Partnership & Downtown Development Authority, 350 N. Cleveland Ave. , Loveland, CO 80537
Contact: Sonja Rosenberger| Executive Assistant (M-TH 9-5)Phone: 970.541.4333E-mail: srosenberger@lovelandpartnership.orgEvent Website

Loveland Downtown Partnership (LDP) Board Meeting


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10/26/19 10:00am - 6:00pm
Contact: Fawn Floyd-BaltzerPhone: 970-541-4337E-mail: ffloyd@lovelandpartnership.orgEvent Website

SHOP LOCAL SATURDAY is held every last Saturday of the month from 10am-6pm in Downtown Loveland !

Visit participating businesses for free gifts and specials!

1. Small businesses give back (more) to your community
2. Small businesses make a major economic impact
3. Small businesses provide better customer service
4. Small businesses provide greater access to product diversity
5. Small businesses create a sense of community + local jobs

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10/26/19 2:00pm - 10/27/19 12:00am
Wicked Tequila Room, 123 E 4th St, Loveland, Colorado 80537
Contact: Brandon DillPhone: 9702151631E-mail: brandon_dill@comcast.net

Who doesn't love an ALL DAY Costume Party? Come dressed up for a chance to win some Wicked prizes and specials.


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10/28/19 6:30am - 8:30am
Contact: Sheron Buchele RowlandE-mail: lovelandartistscollective@gmail.comEvent Website

Loveland Artists Collective meeting

Check the website www.lovelandartistcollective.com for more information.


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10/31/19 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Wicked Tequila Room, 123 E 4th St, Loveland, Colorado 80537
Contact: Brandon DillPhone: 9702151631E-mail: brandon_dill@comcast.net

Come party on Halloween with us! Dress up in costume, drink some tequila, and have a good time.


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11/08/19 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Loveland Downtown District, 350 N. Cleveland Ave., Loveland, Colorado 80537
Cost: Free

Visit our Night on the Town Page for detailed events and information!


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11/22/19 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Loveland Downtown District, 350 N. Cleveland Ave., Loveland, Colorado 80537
Cost: FREE


Be sure to mark your calendars for the annual traditional hometown festival and tree lighting ceremony.   The Festival of Lights kicks off the Holiday Season Downtown all along Fourth Street from Railroad to Lincoln. Presented by our Investor Partners: Xfinity, First National Bank - the Official Bank of Downtown and Brinkman.

Join us for the grand entrance of Santa Claus as he arrives in a Loveland Ford F150 pickup which will be filled with donated toys to be donated to Santa Cops!  Then we will count down the twenty-five-foot tree coming to life as the center of Fourth Street for the Holiday Season.   

Stages filled with entertainment and live music will be spread through the festival.  A “holiday spirits” beer garden featuring craft brews and local music will fill the air.  A family-friendly area will engage audiences young and old.  
Carriage rides, hot chocolate and smores, a pop-up holiday art market, and a little bit of something for everyone. 

Stay later and dance the night away to some Holiday Blues as our favorite local blues band closes out the night with beer and holiday spirits for all.  An event you won't want to miss!


More details to come!

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12/07/19 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Contact: Juliana HochPhone: 9705930085E-mail: lovelandoperatheatre@gmail.comEvent Website
Cost: Free

A classic Christmas Opera comes to LOT!

We are pleased to present this classic one-act opera by Gian-Carlo Menotti to our front range patrons. The story involves a young boy and his mother who offer shelter to the three Magi on their way to Bethlehem. There will be three fully staged performances with orchestra, with two performances in Loveland and one in Arvada. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $25.00 per person. https://lovelandopera.org/events/next-opera


Friday, December 6, 2019, at 7 pm 

Sunday, December 8, 2019, at 2:30 pm

Zion Lutheran Church, 815 E 16th St, Loveland, CO 80538


Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 7 pm

Arvada First United Methodist Church, 6750 Carr St, Arvada, CO 80004

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350 N Cleveland Ave Loveland, Colorado 80537   |   970.541.4333

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