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The Niwot Trot returns for its 14th year


September 18, 2019 | View PDF

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Racers line up at the start of last year's Niwot Trot.

On Sept. 22, the highly anticipated Niwot Trot road race returns once again to the tranquil streets of Niwot.This year marks the 14th annual 5K fundraiser, hosted by Niwot Elementary School PTAC. Runners, joggers, walkers, and even trotters are invited to enjoy this race at their own pace. A fun and flat 3.1 mile course winds through town, giving participants the chance to see Niwot in its turn season.

This year, the Niwot Trot will benefit from financial support and in-kind donations from 20 local sponsors, which allows the event to be a fantastic fundraising method for Niwot Elementary's in-classroom paraprofessional support. Many students have been preparing on their own with Niwot Elementary's 100-mile club, which encourages the students to run three-times a week before class.

Not only is this event a great way to get the heart rate up, support Niwot Elementary, and earn yourself a celebratory beer afterwards, but it also offers a relaxed way to meet the neighborhood. The area community comes out in support of top-rated Niwot Elementary School and even if you're not a runner, cheerleading is highly encouraged. Race director Gretchen Johnson said of her most treasured race moments, "My favorite part is seeing all the positive encouragement out on the course for the young runners. The out and back course allows for everyone to see each other! From seeing who is racing upfront for the win to others who are going for their first 5k finish there are tons of high fives and shoutouts! It creates a very fun inclusive vibe."

The race kick offs at Whistle Stop Park promptly at 9:00 a.m. and will be professionally timed. If you're looking to set a 5K PR, this could be your chance. The course is flat and an easy-to-navigate out and back. The trot includes a host of awards to make it possible for a good many racers to place. Last year saw 520 registrants and Johnson hopes that this year will see even more trotters.

Lace up those sneakers and hit the road with the vibrant Niwot community. Stick around afterwards for the awards ceremony, which includes sponsor activities, live music, and more. This is an event you don't want to miss. For more information or to register, visit https://www.niwotptac.com/niwot-trot-2019.


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