Mancos Half Marathon this weekend

The Mancos Valley Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the beer garden for the Mancos Half Marathon this Saturday, May 17.

The Main Street Brewery from Cortez will be serving up the beer beginning at noon. The awards ceremony will take place at the Visitor Center. Ben Hahn, event organizer, came to the Chamber of Commerce month Board meeting to give an update on the event.

They are still looking for volunteers to help at aid stations and at the start/finish line.

Hahn explained that runners can become disoriented on the trail and at the finish line because they are so focused on running. He said that the runners often need people along the trail and at the finish line to point them in the right direction to keep them on track.

Hahn also said that it would be helpful to have photographers on the run. Photographers who'd like to capture some of the action, may contact Hahn. He also said there is still time for runners to register.

Learn more and register at www.cowboyhalfmarathon.com or call Ben Hahn, 814-558-9519 or send an e-mail to mancosproject@gmail.com.

The Mancos Cowboy Half Marathon is a first-class event with $2,000 in prize money.

According to Hahn, some first-class athletes have already registered.

"This will be a very competitive event," he said.

Some fast facts

The race starts at 10 a.m. in Boyle Park.

There will be live music by the Jelly Belly Boogie Band in the park.

Runners will receive custom designed awards by local artists. Other perks include awesome race "schwag" including a performance long sleeve racing shirt with custom logo among other goodies.

Come join the fun and dress in your best dressed in cowboy/cowgirl attire. Hahn said there will be awards given for the best western attire.

You are always welcome to contact the Visitor Center, 101 E. Bauer, or call 970-533-7434 with your questions. Registration forms for the Half Marathon are also available here.

Marianne Griffin is the executive director of the Mancos Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 101 E. Bauer Ave. Visit www.mancosvalley.com or contact her at 533-7434. You can also visit chamber@mancosvalley.com for more information.