more information from RRCA on the policy Following guidelines from the Road Runners of Clubs of America (RRCA), Pikes Peak Road Runners discourages and in most cases, does not allow use of headphones in its races. The rationale for this is simple: the majority of our races are held on trails, which are crowded with many other runners (and sometimes other trail users). Maintaining one’s sensory capacity during such situations is paramount for the safety of all participants.
The streets and trails of downtown Colorado Springs are not exactly the "Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field" but on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1) more than 1,000 runners will race for paydirt there in the fourth Super Half Marathon and Game Day 5K.
Pick your race, burn some calories, celebrate your accomplishment with your friends, then head home and catch the big game!
Team Competition - New in 2015 - Both Events
Male/Female Team Requirements:
Top 3 runner times are used for scoring
Coed Team Requirements:
Top 3 runner times are used for scoring, one of which must be of the opposite sex.
All participants will receive a long-sleeved tech shirt.
Race medal/bottle opener for the first 600 finishers in the half marathon (will come in handy during the Super Bowl.)
Nerf footballs for all the kids!
Early packet pick-up and registration: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, Plaza of the Rockies.
Race-day packet pick-up: 8:30 a.m., Feb. 1, Plaza of the Rockies.
Race-day registration: 9 a.m., Feb. 1, Plaza of the Rockies.
Super Half Marathon start: 10 a.m.
Game Day 5K start: 10:15 a.m.
The actual Super Bowl kickoff is 4:30 p.m., so you'll have plenty of time to run and celebrate with us at Jack Quinn's pub.
The Game Plan
In the late fall of 2011, Tim Bergsten of Pikes Peak Sports attended a Pikes Peak Road Runners board meeting. He made a pitch for a partnership between the PPRR and Pikes Peak Sports. The mission of the partnership would be to produce a new race, held on Super Bowl Sunday each year. Tim said that runners love holidays and flock to holiday races, such as the St. Patrick's Day and the Turkey Trot races. Tim pitched that Super Bowl Sunday is as close to a holiday as you can get, so why not organize a race on that day.
Tim also did not want to organize just another 5K race, as the market is oversaturated with 5K events. Tim pitched the idea of organizing a half marathon, since those are popular and there's not too many in our area. And a half marathon would allow local runners a qualifying race before registration opens for the Pikes Peak Ascent. A 5K would be included, but the focus would be the half marathon.
It didn't take a lot of convincing. The PPRR board agreed to enter the partnership with Tim Bergsten, and thus the Super Half was born.
The first year was 2012. There was not a lot of time to get all the ducks in order, but between Tim and PPRR volunteers (mostly Pat Lockhart, Heather Evans, Mike Shafai, Larry Miller), the prep work was all completed. A good turnout of 367 Half Marathon and 399 5K finishers turned out the first year. Many in the 5K were really in the party mood, as kids rode bicycles, and a couple of runners brought their donkeys, which police and park and rec didn't appreciate.
In 2013, the numbers jumped to 484 for the Half Marathon and 553 for the 5K. The downtown area was really jumping on that Super Bowl morning.
2014 saw cold and snowy weather, thus the numbers dropped. But the Broncos were playing in the Super Bowl that evening, so many of the participants were sporting their best Bronco outfits. (We don't want to talk about how the Broncos performed that evening.)
So this race is young and has many years ahead of it. Become a part of the yearly tradition.
Start line is on Colorado Ave, west of Tejon St (in front of Saigon Cafe). Runners head west, past the Antlers parking garage, then north behind Antlers to the Monument Valley Trail. Turnaround is north of Uintah and the finish is at the southern end of Monument Valley Park.
The course begins on Colorado Ave in downtown Colorado Springs, west of Tejon St, in front of Saigon Cafe. Runners will head west, past Cascade, then turn right behind the Antler's Hotel. At Antler's Park, they will turn right and head north onto the Monument Valley Trail. They will go north, with the turnaround just south of where the trail proceeds under I-25 (mile 6.8). The course is mostly downhill back to the finish, 6.3 miles to the southern end of Monument Valley Park (out-and-back course).
FREE parking in the Plaza of the Rockies underground parking facility Check in at the Plaza of the South Tower lobby. Runner bibs / t-shirts and runner bags will be distributed at that time.