The streets and trails of downtown Colorado Springs are not exactly the "Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field" but on Super Bowl Sunday more than 1,000 runners will race for paydirt in the annual Super Half Marathon™ and Game Day 5K™. School bands and cheerleaders will also be there to ramp up the festivities.
In an effort to alleviate some of the congestion getting onto the trail, we will be asking that you, the participants, line up based on your expected pace. Signage and volunteers will be in the start area to help with this process.
Pick your race, burn some calories, celebrate your accomplishment with your friends, then head home and catch the big game!
The Super Half can be used as a Pikes Peak Ascent Qualifier with a time of 2:30 or faster. Regisration for the Pikes Peak Ascent opens on January 1st. Thus if there are still Ascent spots open at the time of the Super Half race, you can qualify for the 2020 Pikes Peak Ascent. Otherwise, your 2020 Super Half result can be used to qualify for the 2021 Pikes Peak Ascent. How cool is that. Qualify for the Pikes Peak Ascent on Super Bowl Sunday, and you don't even have to leave town.
Applies to both male and female
Overall - Top 3
Master (40+) - Top 1
Age Groups - Top 3
Age Groups -- Super Half: 1-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+
Age Groups -- 5K: 1-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+
The race is chip timed. All scoring is based on chip time, except the top 3 overall (male and female) are scored by gun time. The master and age-group awards are based on chip time.
No duplicate awards. That is, overall award winners are not eligible for master nor age group awards. Master award winners are not eligible for age group awards.
All participants (half marathon and 5K) will receive a long-sleeved tech shirt. Both men's and women's sizing is available. Ladies sizes run a little small. If you have too many shirts already, then sign up for the no-shirt option during registration, which reduces the registration fee by $5.
Race medal/bottle opener for all finishers (will come in handy during the Super Bowl.)
All Half Marathon finishers will receive a commenorative Pint Glass.
Nerf footballs for all the kids!
Early packet pick-up and registration: 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb 1st, Plaza of the Rockies.
Race-day packet pick-up: 8:30 a.m., Feb. 2, Plaza of the Rockies.
Race-day registration: 9 a.m., Feb. 2, Plaza of the Rockies.
Super Half Marathon start: 10 a.m.
Game Day 5K start: 10:15 a.m.
Course Closes: 1:00 p.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
Your race committee thanks you many, many touchdowns for your participation!!
NO ANIMALS, NO BABY JOGGERS/STROLLERS, NO EARBUDS/HEADPHONES, NO BIKES/TRIKES
PLEASE RESPECT THE SAFETY OF ALL.
This is an out-and-back course. The start line is on Colorado Ave, west of Tejon St. Runners head west, past the Antlers parking garage, then north behind Antlers to the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail. Turnaround is north of Uintah and the finish is just south of the Bijou Street bridge, along the trail. The course is very slight incline on the way out and a very slight decline on the way back.
This is an out-and-back course. The course begins on Colorado Ave in downtown Colorado Springs, west of Tejon St. Runners will head west, past the Antler's Hotel garage. At Antler's Park, they will turn right and head north onto the Pikes Peak Greenway 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 just south of the Bijou Street bridge along the trail.
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.
Mike Shafai and John Gardner were all for the idea. In fact, they wanted to offer a half marathon distance, instead of a typical 5K or 10K. Tim agreed with the half marathon distance, since those are popular and there's not too many in our area. And a half marathon would allow local runners a last-chance 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.)
2015 saw a rebound in registrations and finishers with 1081 finishers, a new record. It was a rockin' time in downtown Colorado Springs.
2016 saw another rebound with 1279 finishers, and home in time to watch the Broncos win!
2017 had 1230 registrations and 1123 finishers. This was the 2nd best showing. The weather was sunny and pleasant with lots of smiles from everyone.
2018 was fantastic with 1504 registrations and 1423 finishers. This was the best showing by far, despite a cold day with temps in the 30s and dropping.
2019 had 1350 registrations and 1250 finishers, the 3rd best in the short history of the race.
So this race is young and has many years ahead of it. Become a part of the yearly tradition.
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.