Hundreds Run First Broomfield Trails Races
Broomfield runner Ryan Seabury spent the day following the inaugural Broomfield Trails Marathon recovering.
His plan was to run at a nice, casual pace and simply complete his first marathon. Then he kept passing people. Halfway through Sunday’s race, he found himself behind the pacer bicycle.
Seabury finished first with a final time of 3:07:31.
“Someone told me I qualified for Boston,” Seabury said. “I was joking around and said ‘I think I should retire and finish on top.’”
“Right now my legs are telling me ‘never again,’” he said.
The race, which also included a half marathon, 10K and 5K, was hosted by the Broomfield Rotary and A Precious Child. The two groups will split the proceeds — Rotary using its to fund local nonprofits and A Precious Child using it to fund its programs.
“I am grateful for the partnership between A Precious Child and the Broomfield Rotary and for the dedication and determination of all of our volunteers and runners that made our inaugural race an enormous success,” Carina Martin, CEO and founder of A Precious Child, said.
Alissa Trumbull, director of development and marketing at A Precious Child, said more than 800 people registered among all four races. More than 200 runners signed up for the marathon, including relay teams that were made of up five people each.
“This was a great first year, and we’re definitely looking forward to next year,” she said.
More than 360 people volunteered during the eventat water stations and along the course. Broomfield Trails also had an expo with food trucks and about 15 vendors.
Chip readers were used in all races, and those 10K and higher were qualifiers for the Bolder Boulder, Trumbull said.
In the future the groups may adjust the date since the first race was chillier than expected. Organizers already have heard helpful feedback, Trumbull said, but surveys will be sent to runners to gather more information on what they’d like to see in the future.
Seabury, who has lived in the Broomfield area for about 20 years, said the course was a good mix — not too challenging, but not too easy.
“A lot of those trails are kind of my trails. I run on anyway just for fun,” Seabury said. “It was cool to run an official race on them.”
All races began at the Broomfield Community Center and incorporated multiple trails and open spaces throughout Broomfield, Westminster and Boulder County. Race participants got the chance to enjoy panoramic mountain views and volunteer support along their routes until they crossed the finish line back at the Community Center.
Seabury said he “pretty much hated” running most of his life and only picked it up about six or seven years ago when a friend gave him the book Born to Run. It changed his attitude and got him out enjoying trails and listening to music.
He saw a flyer at the Paul Derda Recreation Center for Broomfield Trails, and started training two months ago. He intended to finish around the four-hour mark.
“Keeping that pace — it was certainly the fastest and longest I’ve ever run in my life,” Seabury said.
John Abboud, with the Broomfield Rotary, said the marathon raised more than $20,000.
“It’s important to note our goal this year was just to get the marathon established,” he said. “That was our primary objective, and I think we were pretty successful in doing that.”
Runners came from nearby cities as well as those across the state — and several from out of state.
“We had someone from Ohio, someone from Tennessee,” he said. “Those people from out of state surprised me, and we were delighted to have them.”
The marathon committee will meet in the next few weeks to discuss next year’s race.
“Our ambition is to have it as big as the Colfax Marathon that attracts more than 20,000 runners,” Abboud said. “We feel there’s no reason Broomfield can’t do the same thing.”
The Broomfield marathon may not be as large as the Bolder Boulder, he said, “but we can be talked about in the same terms as Bolder Boulder — like their little brother.”