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Granby in the running for a new half marathon In July

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi News
Grand County, CO Colorado

Granby is set to be the host of a half marathon next July.

Paul Karlson, of Dig Deep Sports, LLC, Golden, is organizing a run that he hopes will attract 500 to 700 competitors plus an estimated 500 spectators.

Karlson, a social studies teacher in Arvada and race organizer whose family has owned property near Hot Sulphur Springs for 50 years, said he is impressed with a scenic route through Legacy Ranch northeast of Granby, ending in downtown Granby.

“It’s a beautiful course,” Karlson said, “sagebrush meadows, toward Indian Peaks, along the Fraser river off to the right.”

The half marathon, which is 13.1 miles, is “becoming very popular” in the running world, according to Karlson, who has organized several triathlons in the past.

By example, the 30-year-old Canyonlands Half Marathon in Moab every March has over 3,000 runners and sells out every year, he said.

Likewise, the Colorado Half Marathon in Fort Collins in May is already sold out and the Rock n’ Roll Denver Half Marathon attracted 12,000 competitors last October. Another race in Idaho Springs saw 2,000 racers, Karlson said.

Most races in the region take place in August and September.

A race in Granby in July may compete with only two other half marathons close to Denver that same month, according to last year’s calendar, but Granby’s appeal would be temperatures several degrees cooler than the Denver area.

“Plus, I like supporting Grand County,” Karlson said.

The race would take place almost entirely on dirt roads.

Organizers plan to enlist Middle Park High School cross country runners to help with the race for a donation to their program and plan to make a donation to the Shining Stars Foundation.

For this upcoming inaugural race, merchandise prizes and trophies will be awarded to winners, with hopes the race grows in popularity and support to establish a prize purse.

Karlson plans to market the race with posters in running stores on the Front Range and through race kits at other races.

Registration will be online soon at

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