FORTitude Frequently Asked Questions


Reserve your spot at the starting line. Our “wave start” spreads everyone out at the start line. First wave begins at 8am. See below for more information. 

How long does registration stay open?

Registration goes all the way through race day! But prices do go up on Labor Day, so register online asap to save money and save your spot. On race day, come see us near the start area at our registration tent!

Are there hidden "extras and fees"?

Nope. Unlike other sports and events, running is pure. We don’t have any additional registration or processing fess or handling charges. The only add-ons are for shipping if you choose to have your packet mailed, and if you want to purchase extra gear or food.

I was registered for the 2020 FORTitude – what now?

You have a guaranteed spot on the start line Labor Day, 2021 at NO COST. You will receive a code via email which you use during the registration process.

I signed up for the 2020 BOLDERBoulder and haven’t used my rollover code. Can I use my code and run FORTitude 10K 2021?

Definitely! During the registration process, enter the code you received in March. Contact us with questions.


How do "waves" work?
Our “wave start” spreads everyone out at the start line. The waves are divided into different paces to allow everyone to run, jog, or walk with people their speed. It creates a much smoother experience for everyone, and has the super-secret, extra bonus of helping you finish faster. 
The first wave starts at 8am, and the first 11 waves are reserved for people who expect to finish faster than 68 minutes. To be in those waves you need to “Qualify,” which means you need verification that you are about that speed. You can use your FORTitude, BOLDERBoulder, ColderBOLDER, Bolder on the Run, BOLDitude, VirtuAll or Heart of Bold time since 2019. Or you can provide results from another event 5K or longer since 2019, and we’ll place you in the fastest wave possible. You can even use a Strava run!
All other running, jogging, and walking waves are open to everyone on a first-come, first-serve basis. It’s important to register according to your anticipated pace so that we can put you in the fastest wave possible for your pace.
For more on Waves and the Race Day Wave Schedule, check out FORTitude Waves, or Race Day Information
Can I change waves after I register?

If you want to change waves or run in a qualified wave, we can make that happen, assuming there are still bibs available in the wave you want. For $10, bib changes can be done at the solutions tent on race day or through our race office. To request a bib change, please email us. Keep in mind that you won’t be allowed to move up to a faster wave on race day.


When and where do I pick up my packet?

Packets are now shipped for those running LIVE & IN PERSON! Look for an email with details. For those running VIRTUALLY ANYWEHRE IN THE WORLD — packets are being mailed daily and will continue the week following the race.

If you selected to pick up your packet at one of our partner locations ALL PACKETS have been delivered. PACKETS MUST BE PICKED UP BY SUN at 4 PM.

Running store staff can assist with locating your packet if you don’t have your sequence number.

RACE DAY PACKET PICK-UP – packets will be available starting at 6:30 AM. Look for us in the NE corner of LOT 115 near the start area. 

Packet Pick Up Locations include –


What do I get in my race package?

Beyond the beautiful setting and amazing finish, you’ll experience the city of Fort Collins and on course bands. Everyone receives the Official FORTitude race shirt, Official Bib with your race number and Official Timing Chip, Official Results Certificate, goodies, a drink, and of course your FORTitude GuaRUNtee. Plus, our race sponsors and partners offer more samples and discounts then you could shake a race bib at.

What if I lose my bib?

No problem. For $10 we can issue you a new bib at the solutions tent on race day or through our race office. To request a new bib, please email us [email protected].

Can I exchange my shirt for a different size?

If extra shirts are available, exchanges will be handled the week following Labor Day. Contact [email protected] with questions.

Can I pick up my packet on race day?

Yes! One of the packet pick-up options available during the registration process offered is a Race Day. Packets will be available beginning at 6:30 AM at our tent not far from the start area.


Is there a refund or cancellation policy?

All entry fees are non-refundable. During the registration process acknowledgment of this policy is made. Once a runner registers, race items will be immediately ordered and printed for a participants’ registration.

There are NO exceptions.

In case of cancellation, participants will be transferred to our virtual option.

Is there anything I can’t do?

In order to keep everyone on their feet, pets need to stay at home. Skates, strollers, or costumes that extend beyond the body are prohibited. There are no refunds, exchanges or transfers on registration fees, but if you sign up and don’t run, you can take advantage of our FORTitude GuaRUNtee.

Will there be support offered for the runners along the course?

There will be hydration stations at the start, finish and mile 2, 3, 4, and 5. We will also place toilets at the start and along the course and in the Finish/Expo Area. Emergency response will be available if needed.

Will there be an Expo?

Yes! The 10K Fest & Expo brought to you by FirstBank will be a festival-style finish next to Canvas Stadium with the food, drinks and live music we’ve all been missing. It’s the perfect way to kick-start Labor Day with your friends. 

Also after you finish, the Expo offers you exhibitions, demos, samples, and more from multiple sponsors. 

Can I VolRUNteer?

Absolutely! For more information on how to volunteer for the FORTitude 10K please e-mail Volunteers.

Can I bike to the start line?

Yes! The Bike Check is located at the start area and you can check your bike for FREE opening at 6:30 AM.

How can I become a sponsor/expo vendor?

For more information on becoming a FORTitude 10K sponsor or expo vendor, please e-mail Alice Swanson, our Partnerships Director.

Can I purchase additional Food Truck Wristbands?

Yes, it’s super easy to purchase additional wristbands for $6 in advance here. You can select to have your extra wristbands delivered to one of our partner running stores or mailed directly to you. Wristbands will also be available on race day in the Expo/Food Truck area.

What if I'm not running but want to join in on the fun?

Not running? Come early to watch the start of the race, then walk a short distance to the finish area to see your friends, family, and your neighbors finish. While you’re there — check out our Expo.

Is the course wheelchair accessible?

YES! Contact us for wave placement and safety details.

Where can I store my stuff?

If you need to store something on race day, our gear check is your answer! Our Gear Check will be available near the start line starting at 6:30 AM. Gear Check tickets are available as an add-on during registration and are also available on race day. We ask that you don’t store valuables at Gear Check.

Carpooling + Parking

We encourage everyone to take advantage of the FREE Bike Check, runner drop off zone, and shuttle services offered on race day. If you are driving to the event, check out our parking map and all other transportation information here.

Is there a BFC Club in 2021?

YES! In 2021 you will be recognized as part of the BFC Club if you completed the BOLDER on the RUN 10k over Memorial Day weekend, the FORTitude 10k on Labor Day, and the ColderBOLDER 5k in December. Check out the details at: BFC Club

FORT’s Finest – What about my running streak?

This group is recognized and celebrated for running in every FORTitude since 2017. Your streak remains intact if you ran in the 2020 BOLDiTUDE 10k, and will remain intact if you run the 2021 FORTitude in-person or virtually.

Photo by Grant Smith


Will there be Medals?

Medals will be awarded to the top 10 men and women in their respective ages. Age Champions begin at six years old and go all the way up to the oldest participants that complete their 10k.

Is the event timed?

Yes. The FORTitude 10K is timed, just like BOLDERBoulder which was the first mass-participation race to offer high-tech tag timing to every entrant. When you get your race packet, your personal bib with your race number will have a timing tag already affixed. On race day, just wear your bib (this is how we track your time) and you will not only receive a total time, but the tag will track your running splits every mile.

Where can I get my results?

We know that most of the time, it’s all about your time. Your results will be poseted online for those six-years-old and older. Later in September you will receive an Official Results certificate with full readout about your race. 

I'm running Virtually - how do I submit my time?

All details will be provided in your Kick-Off email on Wednesday, September 1st! Stay tuned.