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Date set for next year’s REVEL Rockies races

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By Deborah Swearingen

A date has been set for next year’s REVEL Rockies.

The half- and full-marathon races, which end in downtown Morrison, will be June 3 — a week earlier than in 2017. This is due, in part, because the IRONMAN event will be held in Boulder on June 10, and Colorado State Patrol will have a lot of its officers in Boulder for the triathlon.

Race coordinator Anna Ryan also noted that the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office expressed an interest in creating space between the REVEL Rockies and the Evergreen Rodeo, which is held annually on Father’s Day weekend.

“Sunday, June 3, seemed like a better fit,” she said.

The date was approved unanimously by the board, which commended Ryan and her team for a job well done in this year’s event.

“I thought that the noise was better than last year. I thought you were doing a good job of keeping the volume down and a good job of cleaning up,” said board member Brewster Caesar.

Katie Gill, another board member, agreed with Caesar. Although she said she is sensitive to the noise issue, particularly since she used to live close to the finish line, she felt the noise level was much better than in years past.

“I know most people appreciate it, and it’s a great event for the town,” she said.

Noise still a concern for some residents

Despite the praise from several board members, noise was still of concern for at least one resident, who said his bedroom window is right by the finish line.

Matthew Corry wrote a letter to the board saying he was awakened around 7 a.m. on Sunday by the sound of people cheering and a public address system announcing half-marathon winners through an amplifier.

“My two cats were terrified by the sudden loud voices,” he wrote. “I don’t feel that it is appropriate to have a public address system in a residential neighborhood.”

But Ryan said the REVEL Rockies team has made several changes to help reduce sound, including removing amplification from the band that plays during the post-race celebration, and will work to do a better job of informing residents about what to expect on race day.

Caesar noted that residents had an opportunity to come and voice concerns prior to the race.

“There was adequate opportunity for people to comment on this beforehand,” he said. “This year, no one came and addressed us.”

Contact reporter Deborah Swearingen at dswearingen@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042.