The 2016 U.S. Bank Rim Rock Run is projecting to be the race's most popular year yet. Several weeks away from the Nov. 5 event, the number of registered runners has eclipsed the total number of runners in 2015. The steadily growing interest in the event -- which includes a marathon, marathon relay and half marathon -- speaks to its reputation as a beautiful, high-quality race.
So far more than 270 runners from 17 states have registered to run one of the races, which winds up and over, or down the Colorado National Monument's Rim Rock Drive and into downtown Fruita. By contrast, just more than 120 runners had registered by this time last year. That number is expected to rise in the weeks leading up to the race.
Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission partners with CMU's track and field and cross country programs to put on the Rim Rock Run.
Registration includes a custom finisher medal, a commemorative technical T-shirt, special offers, food at the finish line and more. Racers may register at rimrockmarathon.com.
Participants cross the finish line at downtown Fruita's Circle Park, where they will be greeted by supporters, vendors, live music and a beer garden. Spectators who aren't up to running 13 or more miles may join in the Fruita 0.038 Marathon, a one-mile race supporting Fruita's community center scholarship fund for just $10. Fans are encouraged to join the finish line celebration and may gain entrance to the beer garden with the purchase of a commemorative cup.