April 14th Horsetooth Half Marathon Offers $12,000 Prize Purse

The 2024 Horsetooth Half Marathon will be offering a total prize purse of $12,000 for the 51st running of the race to take place April 14. The purse is made available with generous support from the Fort Collins Running Club.

The iconic race takes in views of the local Front Range mountains while running alongside the shores of beautiful Horsetooth Reservoir. The challenging course ends at New Belgium Brewing in downtown Fort Collins.

“The Fort Collins Running Club (FCRC) is the largest running club in Northern Colorado, and we are proud to say the club started the race 50 years ago. It has been an iconic race from the beginning, with stunning views of Horsetooth Reservoir and beyond,” says FCRC Vice-President Kate Schulte.

“We want to make sure we attract the region’s most talented runners by offering the largest half marathon prize purse in Colorado. By offering this prize purse, we are creating a race that appeals to many talented runners, despite the challenging course. The number of elite runners has grown every year, and the club is excited to continue with our expanded payout from the 50th anniversary for our 51st year.”

In the overall category, money will be awarded to the top eight finishers. The men’s and women’s winners will take home $1,350 each. An additional $500 is on offer for new course records.

The top three master’s finishers will be awarded cash payouts totaling $1,000. There is also a $200 premium for the first man and first woman to the top of Monster Mountain, some 500 feet above the race start at mile 1.65. The top three finishers from the Fort Collins Running Club will also earn cash awards. 

The FCRC has a mission of supporting fitness through running for athletes of all levels and all abilities. The Club offers a large cash purse in both the July 4th FireKrakcker 5k and the Horsetooh Half Marathon as a means of supporting the competitive, elite-level side of the sport.

For additional information on elite entries and elite athlete information, please visit the Elite section of the race website.

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