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Colorado > Rocky Mountain Half Marathon
Denver, CO



Sunday, June 14, 2009

Event Details

The banks of the Platte River that cuts through the heart of the "Mile High City" are the setting for much of the course along Denver's Rocky Mountain Half Marathon, which marked its fourth annual running in the summer of 2008 by welcoming more than 1,400 runners in both races combined. Begun in part as a fundraiser for the local chapter of the nonprofit Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization, the race takes runners past several of the city's signature tourist attractions, including Coors Field and Invesco Field, the home of Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies and the NFL's Denver Broncos.

Both the half-marathon and the 8K are out-and-back races that start and finish in Denver's Commons Park area, also known as Riverfront Park for the housing development that has been built up in the area in recent years. A former urban brownfield area that was redeveloped in recent years for in-town residential living, Commons Park now is known for its open greenspaces, bike paths and pedestrian-friendly avenues, and it's this scenery that participants enjoy when they're starting and coming in for the race finish.

From the park start area, runners follow the first few miles of the course through the neighborhoods just blocks away from the river in downtown Denver, taking runners down 20th, Arapahoe and 17th Streets before looping around 19th and Washington Streets. The course takes runners past the Denver Pavilions and the Denver Performing Arts Center on its way back toward the Platte River, along the Cherry Creek Trail as its passes the outskirts of Six Flags Elitch Gardens to the left.

After running past Six Flags, the riverside portion of the course is next as the route takes runners over the Confluence Park Pedestrian Bridge to the river's northern side, takikng runners in a southwest direction along the Platte River Bike Paths. This stretch of the course also takes runners past Invesco Field on their way to Sloan's Lake, where participants follow a path that takes them all the way around the edges of the lake.

Once around the lake, it's time to head back toward Commons Park for the finish, as runners meet up with 17th Street again and run past the athletic stadium a second time, and then up the southern side of the Platte River along the bike path all the way up to the entrance of Commons Park, and then to the finish. This being Denver, runners of course need to be ready for a high-elevation race -- there are some significant uphills, especially between mile markers 1 and 3 and around the 7th mile marker, when runners ascend the hill known as Marines Hill, just after passing Invesco Field.

Race Weather & Climate

The early days of summer tend to offer ideal weather for the event, with June temperatures that average between 53°F and 82°F. Rainfall is usually low during this time of year, as Denver averages just over 1 1/2 inches of precipitation during the month.


2008 fees:
$55 if registered by February 29, 2008
$65 between March 1 - June 5
$75 on the day of the race


To sign up for for the summer 2009 running of Colorado's Rocky Mountain Half Marathon, register online at the event website.



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