New event added to popular marathon

A new event has been added to an already popular marathon considered one of the most scenic in Colorado.

The U.S. Bank Rim Rock Marathon in November also will include a downhill half-marathon.

“The half-marathon is a great addition to the day’s lineup,” said Jennifer Stoll, executive director of the Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission, among the event organizers. “It’s going to give more runners the opportunity to experience this beautiful race and the local communities.”

Scheduled for Nov. 5, the Rim Rock Marathon once again will take competitors up and over the Colorado National Monument. Runners who complete the full course will start in Grand Junction and finish in Circle Park in downtown Fruita.

With its course along the red rock canyons and monoliths of the monument, the Rim Rock Marathon twice has been voted most scenic marathon by Colorado Runner magazine.

Along with the new half-marathon, the event also will feature a marathon relay as well as the Fruita 0.038 Marathon, a one-mile community run brought back by the Fruita Parks and Recreation Department.

“The City of Fruita is pleased to host the Rim Rock Marathon in our community,” said Fruita Mayor Lori Buck. “With the race finishing downtown, our community and the runners are able to experience Fruita’s great atmosphere. It’s a city where visitors feel like locals and locals play like visitors.”

To register or obtain more information about the race, visit www.rimrockmarathon.com.

Proceeds from the Rim Rock Marathon go toward scholarships for the cross country and track and field programs at Colorado Mesa University as well as the operations of the Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission. The commission — a collaborative effort of CMU, Mesa County, the cities of Grand Junction and Fruita and town of Palisade — promotes sports events that contribute to the Grand Valley economy.

“The Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission continues to look for opportunities to own and or operate events that aid in the growth of the commission while supporting partners around the community,” Stoll said. “The U.S. Bank Rim Rock Marathon has evolved to become a wonderful example of that collaboration.”