The Founding of the FORTitude 10K
The FORTitude 10K Story
Early in 2013, Colorado State University’s Community and Outreach director Gary Ozzello went to Fort Collins city officials with a question—What could the college and the city do together to celebrate the opening of the new football stadium that was slated to replace the iconic Hughes Stadium?
A small task force was established to explore ways to showcase Fort Collins through an event to mark the opening of the new landmark stadium. The team looked at a variety of options including the idea of a road race that would start somewhere in the city and finish at the new stadium set for completion in July of 2017.
Gary was selected to call BOLDERBoulder race director, Cliff Bosley to discuss how that organization had created the success that defines the BOLDERBoulder. In September 2013, Gary and Cliff talked about how a community race could highlight the growth and energy of Fort Collins, help drive tourism, create a positive halo, and drive economic impact for the city.
As one of the most respected names in road racing, BOLDERBoulder Inc. had staged its Memorial Day 10K Classic for over 40 years. One of the largest road races on the planet, the BOLDERBoulder is honored to be named America’s All-Time Best 10K by Runners World. Over its rich history the BOLDERBoulder team has been asked to create new races many times, yet no opportunity had met the BOLDERBoulder’s world-class standards.
Conversations continued until 2015 when the decision was made to move forward with the idea of collaboration between the organizations. Over the next year, the logistics and dynamics of staging an event that would symbolize the best of the City of Fort Collins and Colorado State University, as well as showcase the new Sonny Lubick Field at Canvas Stadium, were finalized.
The City of Fort Collins, Visit Fort Collins, the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce, Colorado State University, and BOLDERBoulder Inc. were pleased to announce the inaugural running of the FORTitude Labor Day 10K Classic on September 4, 2017.
While 2017 marked the inaugural event, we are all committed to creating an event that will become a Labor Day tradition for years to come.
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The FORTitude 10K takes runners on a scenic yet altitude challenging course through Fort Collins, passing landmarks like City Park, downtown and Colorado State University, as well as weaving through the picturesque Mountain Ave. neighborhood. The race finishes with a mini festival next to the Sonny Lubick Field at Canvas Stadium.