Entries for the upcoming U.S. Bank Rim Rock Run have already topped the number of runners who participated last year, prompting projections the 2016 event could be the most well-attended ever.
The run, set for Nov. 5, includes a marathon, marathon relay and half marathon that wind up and over Rim Rock Drive in the Colorado National Monument west of Grand Junction.
As of the end of September, a total of more than 270 runners from 17 states had registered to run one of the races. By comparison, about 120 runners had registered as of this time last year.
“We are receiving a steady flow of new registrants, which has picked up to runners registering every hour in the last few days,” said Jennifer Stoll, executive director of the Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission. The organization works with the track and field and cross country programs at Colorado Mesa University to stage the Rim Rock Run.
Online registration is available at a newly designed website at www.rimrockmarathon.com. Registration includes a custom finisher medal, commemorative technical t-shirt, special offers, food at the finish line and more. Participants who want to run a shorter distance can enter the Fruita 0.038 Marathon, a one-mile race supporting the Fruita Community Center scholarship fund, for just $10.
The Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission is a collaborative effort involving CMU, the cities of Grand Junction and Fruita, Mesa County and the Town of Palisade to promote sports tourism.