FAQ

General

Q1. When does registration close for all races?

Marathon, Half Marathon, Urban 10 Miler, Marathon Relay – Online registration closes Wednesday May 17th at 11:59pm. Registration reopens at the Expo  – Friday May 19th from 1-7 pm and Saturday May 20th from 9-5:00pm.

Colfax 5K – Online registration closes Wednesday May 17th at 11:59pm. Then you have 2 choices. Friday May 19th from 1-7pm at the Expo, or Saturday at City Park – Race Start – starting at 7:30am.

Q2. I am an athlete with a disability (i.e., push rim wheelchair, visually impaired, amputee runner or handcycle). Who do I contact?

If you are an athlete with a disability, and have questions, please email wally@runcolfax.org.

Q3. How do I register to be a guide for an athlete with a disability?

If you are a guide for an athlete with a disability please email info@runcolfax.org for registration information.

Q4. Are push rim wheelchairs permitted on the course?

Push rim wheelchairs are allowed on the half marathon and the 5K course for athletes with disabilities only.  When registering, please indicate that you are an athlete with a disability and that you will be using a push rim wheel chair. Please check out our Athletes with Disabilities page for more in information.

Q5. Are Handcycles allowed?

Athletes with disabilities are the only individuals allowed to use handcycles. Handcycles are allowed on the half marathon and the 5K course only.  When you register, please indicate that you are an athlete with a disability and will be using a hand cycle.  Please check our Athletes with Disabilities page for additional information.

Q6. I am an Elite Runner, who do I contact?

If you are an elite runner, please visit the Elite Runner Program page.

Q7. Is the Full Marathon a Boston Qualifier?

Yes. The marathon course is a Boston Marathon qualifier.  All courses have been accurately measured and certified by USA Track & Field.

Q8. Is the Bellco 5K a qualifier for the BolderBoulder?

Yes.  The Bellco 5K is a qualifier for the BolderBoulder.  The course has been accurately measured and certified by USA Track & Field.

Q9. Where can I find race results?

Race results will be posted on the Colfax Marathon website after the event. Previous race results are available on the Race Results page.

Q10. Are there official race hotels for the 2017 Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon?

Yes. Please click here for the official 2017 Colfax Marathon Hotel List.

Q11. Is there a Post Race party?

Yes. The Post-Race Festival is located in Denver’s beautiful City Park “meadow area” east of City Park’s pavilion and lake and due west of the Museum of Nature and Science after the race. Spectators, family and friends are welcome in this area. The party will feature live music, food and drinks, and the Charity Partner Village will showcase all of our Charity Partners.

Q12. Are strollers allowed on the course?

Strollers are permitted and encouraged for our littlest participants in the Bellco 5K’s last wave on Saturday, May 20.  Strollers are NOT permitted for the Marathon and Urban 10 Mile races on Sunday, May 21, but are permitted in the Half Marathon

Q13. Are Dogs allowed?

Well-behaved dogs are allowed in the Bellco 5K’s last wave on Saturday, May 20.  Dogs are NOT permitted during the Sunday, May 21st Races.

Q14. Do you have Pace Teams?

Yes. Runner’s Edge of the Rockies will lead the marathon and half marathon pace groups.

pace-group1They will be focusing on all the BAA Boston Marathon qualifying times for 2017. David Manthey and Karen Craig will take you from the start to the finish on race day! You can meet his group at the Expo on Friday, May 19th and Saturday May 20th during Expo hours to receive your pace band and learn about their amazing “Smart” pacing program (a happy group shown in the following picture)!

Q15. Can I walk in any of your races?

Yes. The best option is the 5K  “walk wave”.  See details below for each race.   Please note the race causes significant road closures across Metro Denver, and we must allow police to re-open roads to traffic in a timely manner, hence we need to set time limits.

Marathon: No. There is a 6 hour time limit and walking will be too slow to meet the 13:44 minute mile pace.  The 6 hour time limit starts when the last runner in the last corral crosses the start line.  Generally, this provides a 10-15 minutes buffer.

Urban 10 Miler: No. There is a 2.5 hour limit, and walking will be too slow to meet the time limit. As we feed in to the marathon course, it is important not to slow the progress of the marathoners, who are on a 13 minute pace.

Marathon Relay:   No, as it causes issues with other runners on the course.  If you have a runner that is combining walking and jogging, they should be on a later leg, or you could risk falling behind the 13 minute mile pace and need to leave to leave the course

Half Marathon:  You must maintain an 18 minute mile pace.    You can combine walking and jogging if you keep this pace.   Walking would require a very fast pace to make the 4 hour time limit.    You need to pre-time yourself to see if you can make this pace.   Time yourself on a 3 mile walk. Please note, your “4 hours” starts when you cross the start line, so if you are in the last corral you still have 4 hours to finish the race. If you fall behind the 4 hour pace, we will have to ask you to stop for safety reasons.  The 4 hour time limit starts when the last runner of the last corral crosses the start line.  This is generally a 10-15 minute buffer.

5K: Yes, and you can have strollers. There is no time limit.

Q16. Can I leave clothing at the start, finish line or on the course?

No. All races have a pre-race bag check.  Any clothing left at the start, finish line or on the course will be donated to a local charity immediately.

Q17. Is the Colfax Marathon a Green Event?

Yes.  The Colfax Marathon continuously seeks to improve the weekend’s Green Footprint every year.  The Colfax Marathon strongly encourages all of their suppliers to use recyclable products throughout the entire weekend.  Recycling bins will be located throughout City Park.  Clothing left at the start line is recycled, utilizing a current Colfax Marathon Charity Partner to help individuals in need throughout the local community.  Post-race water system has been created to refill water bottles for both spectators and athletes.  Athletes are encouraged to carpool to the events.  Bike corrals are provided for athletes throughout the weekend.  RTD is provided for athletes to return to the start of the Relay and Urban 10 Mile races.  As always we are constantly reevaluating our program.

Registration

Q1. How much does it cost to register?

Register early for the best prices! To view current pricing information please visit our Race Pricing page.

Q2. Is there an age requirement to run?

Yes. You must be 16 years old to run the Marathon and 12 years old to run the Half Marathon, Marathon Relay or Urban 10 Miler on race day.  The 5K race is open to runners of all ages.

Q3. Can I transfer my entry to someone else?

Yes, you may transfer your registration online on or before May 8th for $40 (for Sunday events and a $10 fee for the 5K on Saturday).  The transfer must be for the same race you originally registered for.

Click here to transfer.

Beginning May 9th, all transfers must occur at the expo. The new athlete must register for the race at the Expo and bring a letter from the original athlete and photo copy of the original runners id stating the intent to transfer to the new athlete.

There is a flat change fee of $40.

The shirt originally ordered must be picked up, but the new runner can request a different size at the shirt exchange located at the expo. However, we cannot guarantee shirt sizes at this late date.

Q4. Can I change details of my registration such as my anticipated finish time, phone number, charity partner or t-shirt?

Yes.

If you registered yourself for any of the races before April 25th at 5:00 pm, make your changes here.

Changes made before April 25th are free.  Changes made between April 25th and May 1st are $5.00.  Changes after May 1 through May 8th are $10.

After May 9th at 1pm changes must be made at the Expo and are $10.

Relay team changes are explained in detail in the Relay Section.

 

Q5. How can I confirm my registration after I sign up online?

Please click here to confirm your registration.

Q6. I registered for the Full Marathon, but would like to switch to a shorter distance, such as the Half. Is this possible?

Yes, you may switch races to a shorter distance (i.e., from the Full to the Half).

Please go here .

If you make your change after May 1st, we do not guarantee runner tracking will be appropriately switched to your new distance, and you may not be in the correct corral for your pace. Therefore we strongly recommend that ALL CHANGES be done before May 1st.  Please enter a NEW anticipated finish time for your new distance.

After May 17th, go to the Solutions Line at the Expo

Q7. I registered for the Half Marathon, Urban 10 Miler or 5K, but would like to switch to a longer distance, such as the Full Marathon. Is this possible?

Yes, you may switch races to a longer distance (i.e., from the Half to the Full).

Make changes here to change your distance until May 1, 2017. Please enter a NEW anticipated finish time for your new distance. You will be charged the difference of the registration for the longer race.

If you make your change after May 1st, we do not guarantee runner tracking will be appropriately switched to your new distance, and you may not be in the correct corral for your pace. Therefore we strongly recommend that ALL CHANGES be done before May 1st.

After May 17th, you must go to the Solutions Line at the Expo to make the change.

If you entered as a relay team and want to switch to individual runners please email info@runcolfax.org.

If a relay team wants to change from multiple runners to individual races or the 5K, please email info@runcolfax.org.

5K athletes that want to go longer can click here.

Q8. If I register now and then I get injured and cannot race, can I get a refund?

The Colfax Marathon does not offer refunds for any reason. During registration you can opt to pay for race insurance which covers you for select health and other reasons. The Colfax Marathon encourages runners to purchase this insurance. Simple Race Registration handles all claims and is a separate organization from the Colfax Marathon. To view all of the covered reasons for a refund, click here.
Team Captains/runners for group teams only: Please note, the Captain/Coordinator who paid for the relay team registration for all of the members will have the option of purchasing the insurance. However, please be aware that the only person eligible for a refund for the relay team registration category is the person paying for the team. If any of the team members has a qualifying reason, Simple Race Registration will NOT reimburse the registration fee. It is only the purchaser that qualifies for a refund with the insurance. Captain/Coordinators of Group teams may change runners on their team(s) at no charge until May 1st, 2017.
May 1st, 2017 is the last day to purchase insurance. If the event is canceled there will be no refunds.

The Race

Q1. I have a general race question. Where is my race start? What is the start time for my race?

For information on each specific race, such as start location, starting time, and more please go to the RACES tab and visit the desired Race page (Full, Half, etc.). Please note some races starts are at different times and locations, such as the Half Marathon (different time) and the Urban 10 Miler (different time and location). The sidebar on the right side of the race page will have more detailed information.

Q2. How will my individual event time be recorded?

We will be using the latest timing technology for all runners.  The timing tag is actually part of your race bib, so YOUR time starts when you cross the Start Line.  Relay team runners will be carrying and handing off a baton that has a timing chip inside it.

Q3. Is the timing the same for relay teams and individual runners?

Yes, all runners will be timed. However, relay teams’ timing tag will be located in the relay baton. The baton will function the same way as the timing tags for all other runners. Be sure when you cross the start, check points and the finish, to have your baton out and no higher than chest level. Relay runners’ will be timed for their individual leg (but the time will correspond to the relay leg and be labeled accordingly).

Q4. Can I switch corrals to run with a friend? How can I switch corrals if I am running faster than when I originally registered?

Yes. You may move to a slower corral on Race Day, but you may not switch to a faster corral on Race Day. If you need to switch to a faster corral because your pace has increased since registration, you can change your estimated finish time online before May 1st here, otherwise it must be done in person at the Expo.

Q5. How can I volunteer for the 2017 Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon weekend?

We’d love to have you volunteer!   Please visit our Volunteer page. There are indoor and outdoor jobs available, and our primary volunteer days are Friday May 19th Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 21st.

Q6. Is there a time limit to complete the marathon? What about the Half Marathon?

The Marathon and the Relay have a 6 hour maximum. The Half Marathon has a 4 hour maximum. The Urban 10 Miler has a 2.5 hour maximum (due to the unique construct of this event, the last athlete cannot start after 9:30 am).  All of our time limits are strictly enforced for the safety of our runners.

Your official chip time for the marathon, half, Urban 10 Miler, and relay, begins when you cross the start line and timing mat (for the Relay this is the Leg 1 Runner).   Time limits are as follows: 6 hours for the Marathon and Relay, 4 hours for the Half Marathon, or 2.5 hours for the Urban 10 Miler. The Start Line closes immediately at the end of the last corral, you may not start later.    You must finish in the allotted time, without exception, as we have a rolling closure by the Police. There will be sag wagons for runners that are not on pace. If you refuse to be picked up by the sag wagon, you will be immediately and officially disqualified and forfeit all your rights as a participant.

Q7. Will Clif Bar or energy supplements be on the course Sunday?

Yes.  Clif Bar is proud to be the Performance Nutrition Partner of the Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon and Half Marathon! You bring your energy and we’ll bring ours to the Clif Energy Zone located on the marathon course at MILE 6 & 20 and the half marathon course at MILE 8.  The Clif Energy Zone will be stocked with Clif Shot Razz, Vanilla, Citrus (+25 mg of Caffeine) and Mocha (+50 mg of Caffeine) ready and waiting to help meet your energy needs and keep you cruising toward that finish line!

Q8. Are strollers allowed in the races?

Due to safety reasons, strollers are only allowed Saturday during the 5k.

Q9. Can I wear headphones in the race?

The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, Colfax Marathon encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of all races.
We believe your race experience and those around you will be greatly enhanced by leaving the headphones at home or in the car. Running headphone-free allows opportunities to develop camaraderie with your fellow runners and to enjoy everything the race has to offer. Plus, volunteers and spectators will be on course cheering you on and providing directions to help get you to the finish line.
Runner safety has always been, and will continue to be, a top priority for our event. Please be mindful of the other participants and respect the race personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone.

Q10. Where should I park?

There is no official parking lot or designated areas on race day. We suggest you arrive early to find the best parking, or have a friend drop you off.  Parking for the Legs 2, 3, 4, and 5 runners for the Relay is at the start of the runner’s leg, NOT AT CITY PARK. Check here for the marathon relay overview page.

Q11. Will there be a bag check available?

Yes. Bag check is available for the Marathon, Half Marathon, Urban 10 Miler, Leg 1 of the Marathon Relay and the 5K on Saturday. There will be a bag check for the 5K on Saturday.  There is no bag check for Legs 2-5 of the Relay. Bag check for the Marathon, Half Marathon, Leg 1 of the Relay, and 5K is in City Park.

The Urban 10 Miler will have a bag check at the start of the 10 Miler at RMCAD (Rocky Mountain College of Arts and Design). Please recognize there will be a time delay getting bags to the finish.

All bags will be subject to inspection.

Marathon Relay

Q1. Where can I find detailed information regarding RTD prior to the Race?

For the Urban 10 Miler the RTD instructions will be on your passport, on your parking pass and on the back of your bib.

For the Relay, the RTD instructions will be on your Relay Instructions sheet (up in mid-April) and on the back of the bib.

Q2. Where are the Relay exchange zones located?

Check out the Marathon Relay race page for an overview.  Please click this link to view and print detailed relay instructions, including relay exchange zone information.  Note that each Leg for the Relay has its own dedicated page that is accessible from the overview Relay page.

Q3. How can I register my Relay team?

 

Register for the  2017 Colfax Marathon Relay here.

Q4. Can I change a runner on a team with another individual?

Yes, but if you are a Corporate/Government team see the note below*.

Team changes are free until May 1st.  After May 1st go to click here. It is $10 per form to make all the changes/additions to the runners on your team – whether you are changing or adding one runner or five runners. Make all your changes at once, as additional changes are $10 per form.

These changes will not be reflected until the Expo. They will not show up on your team registration

After May 17th, you must go to the Solutions Line at the Expo. The fee is $10 to make all the changes at once. You cannot choose different shirt sizes. You must pick up the original shirts ordered, go to Shirt Exchange, and see if the new shirt size(s) is available.

*Please note – to be eligible for the Corporate or Government Cup you need five (5) runners. If you change a runner on a Corporate or Government team you must sub in another employee or a family member. Corporate and Government teams must be employees (or elected government officials) and up to two (2) family members.

Q5. I’m the Team Captain. Can I make changes to my team registration?

Yes, but if you are a Corporate/Government team see the note below*.

Team changes are free until May 1st.  After May 1st go to click here. It is $10 per form to make all the changes/additions to the runners on your team – whether you are changing or adding one runner or five runners. Make all your changes at once, as additional changes are $10 per form.

These changes will not be reflected until the Expo. They will not show up on your team registration

After May 17th, you must go to the Solutions Line at the Expo. The fee is $10 to make all the changes at once. You cannot choose different shirt sizes. You must pick up the original shirts ordered, go to Shirt Exchange, and see if the new shirt size(s) is available.

*Please note – to be eligible for the Corporate or Government Cup you need five (5) runners. If you change a runner on a Corporate or Government team you must sub in another employee or a family member. Corporate and Government teams must be employees (or elected government officials) and up to two (2) family members.

Q6. I’m the Captain, can I check who is on my team and our registration info?

Yes.

If you registered as a Captain or non-running Coordinator who paid for the entire team before May 1st at 5:00 pm , you may view your information by logging on here. There, you can see all the runners on your team. Please note, you are responsible for adding all the runners to your team(s). The individual runners will not be able to logon and see their registration or change their information, but you will be able make any additions or changes on behalf of your team at no charge until May 1st, 2017.

May 2nd through May 17 please click here to make changes. It is $10 per form to make all the changes/additions to the runners on your team – whether you are changing or adding one runner or five runners. Make all your changes at once, as additional changes are $10 per form.

These changes will not be reflected until the Expo. They will not show up on your registration.

After May 17th, you must go to the Solutions Line at the Expo. The fee is $10 to make all the changes at once. You cannot choose different shirt sizes. You must pick up the original shirts ordered, go to Shirt Exchange, and see if the new shirt size(s) is available.

*Please note – to be eligible for the Corporate or Government Cup you need five (5) runners. If you change a runner on a Corporate or Government team you must sub in another employee or a family member. Corporate and Government teams must be employees (or elected government officials) and up to two (2) family members.

 

Q7. I’m a Captain or non-running coordinator who has paid for the entire team. I signed the waiver when I created the team. How will the runners on my team sign their waivers?

As captain, you need to have your runners sign their electronic waiver.  We’ll provide an email in mid-April to let you know the athletes that have signed the waiver.

Q8. I need more information on the Relay.

Q9. Can a Relay team run for either the Corporate or Government Cup AND run for a charity partner?

Yes, the Captain will simply indicate the team type when registering the team, and then a separate question asks about picking a Charity Partner. For more information please visit our 2017 Charity Partners Program.

Q10. Can I switch legs with a fellow team member?

Yes, we don’t track which of your runners are running the legs so we do not need any information.

Packet Pickup and Health and Fitness Expo

Q1. Where can I learn more about the Expo and Packet Pickup?

Please click here for Expo details.

Q2. Can I have a friend or relative pick up my race packet?

Yes.  Please click here for the Alternative Packet Pickup.

Q3. When is packet pick up and can I pick up my packet the day of the race?

Please click here for Expo details.

Q4. Where is the 2017 Colfax Marathon Health and Fitness Expo located?

Please click here for Expo details.

Q5. How much does parking cost at the 2017 Expo?

Parking at the 2017 Expo is free. Please click here for additional details.

Q6. The shirt size I selected doesn’t fit, will exchanges be allowed at the expo?

We will have a separate shirt exchange table at the Expo. Exchange sizes are first come, first served and cannot be guaranteed.

Q7. What do I need to bring with me in order to pick up my Participant Packet and Shirt?

You must bring your assigned bib number and photo ID.

Q8. Can I volunteer to work at the Expo?

Yes, please visit our Volunteer page and sign up!

Q9. Where do I find my bib number?

You will be sent your bib number via email Race Week on Thursday. Please bring this number with you to the expo. However, there will be bib information boards at the expo if you forget your bib number.

Q10. Am I REQUIRED to attend the Expo?

Marathon, Half Marathon, Urban 10, and Relay participants are REQUIRED to attend the Expo during EXPO HOURS to pick up their race packets and race shirts. Relay teams are strongly encouraged to attend as a team!  For more details on how Relay Teams may pick up their packets please click here.  5K runners can pick up bib/shirt at the Expo on Friday, May 19 or at City Park on race morning.

We do realize that there may be unavoidable conflicts and you need to assign a different person to pick up your packet, or for captains you need to pick a different person to pick up for the team.   Click here for the REQUIRED alternative packet pickup form.

Charity Partners

Q1. What is the Charity Partners Program?

Runners or potential charity partners – please visit our Charity Partner Program page for detailed information!

Q2. How do I become a Charity Partner?

Attend one of our informational meetings! Find out more on the Charity Partners Program page.

Q3. How do I add a Charity Partner if I already registered?

Add your charity partner by clicking here.

 

Relay team charity partner additions are the same.  All athletes on a team have to run for the same charity.

Q4. I am a runner and want to run for a charity, do you have a list of the current Charity Partners?

Yes, visit our Charity Partners page.

Q5. How do runners and relay teams select a charity partner?

When you register, you’ll be asked: Do you (or your team) plan to raise funds or awareness for one of our charity partners? Use the drop down menu to select your charity.  Your charity will contact you directly and let you know how to raise money for them.

Q6. Can Charity Partners enter a Relay team and become eligible for cash awards?

Yes. Charity Partners can enter the Corporate Cup. Please visit our Corporate Cup Relay Page.