The Founding of the FORTitude 10K 

Creating a World-Class Event for a World-Class Community

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. 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. has staged the BolderBOULDER Memorial Day 10K Classic for nearly 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 consult or 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 CSU Stadium, were finalized.

The City of Fort Collins, Visit Fort Collins, the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce, Colorado State University, and BolderBOULDER Inc. are pleased to announce the inaugural running of the FORTitude Labor Day 10K Classic on September 4, 2017.

While 2017 marks the inaugural event, we are all committed to creating an event that will become a Labor Day tradition for years to come.


Photo by City of Fort Collins

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The Route

The FORTitude 10K will take runners on a scenic yet altitude challenging course through Fort Collins, passing landmarks like City Park, downtown and the CSU Oval, as well as weaving through picturesque Avery and Mountain Ave. neighborhoods. The race will finish at the newly completed Sonny Lubick Field at CSU Stadium, and will be the first chance for students, faculty and the community to experience the stadium.

We will add transportation and parking information as soon as those details are finalized.

Photo by Grant Smith