- 3 miles/5K, 10 miles, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Relay
- Road Race
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As a recent transplant to the Denver/Boulder area I was looking for a first marathon to break in my legs at altitude and the Colfax Marathon hit the sweet spot for a mid/late spring marathon!
Overview - This marathon is a great tour of the city. You run on some of the downtown paths, run in some of the neighborhoods, and past most of the fun areas downtown. There is a great amount of people out cheering too. This was the tenth anniversary of the race and it doesn't look like it's going anywhere!
Expo - The expo was at the Wings over the Rockies museum and I thought this was awesome! It meant that the expo felt a little crowded but I really enjoyed getting a free sneak peek at the museum. The expo had all the vendors I would expect and things were easy to find.
Race Day - Directions for drop off and parking were lacking in my opinion. I scoured the website and the race materials the night before and I really had no clue where they wanted us to park. Granted the race start is near the Denver Zoo and Natural Science museum so this was the parking area, but it wasn't explicitly called out like I would've wanted it to be.
The race start area was really nice, lots of port-o-potties and lots of room to stretch and roam while you waited for the start. The sun start to rise just around the time the first corrals were off!
The course is a great tour of Denver. You start in the park and then head into the downtown area where you hop onto a multi-use path. You then pass Elitch Gardens and head into Mile High stadium (first relay hand off area) which was really cool!
You then headed back onto Colfax, running past many unique shops until you get to Sloan which is a beautiful lake/park area. This was so pretty and relaxing. In the promotional material they made it sound like the Dragon Boat club would be out on the lake, but they were not. They just had a table set up at the back of the lake loop.
You then exit the park and run through some neighborhoods and then start the trek back down Colfax to Downtown. The sun was getting warm by this point and there was no shade so make sure your sunscreen is handy!
You then head through downtown where there were a lot of people cheering and back to the park where you started. In the promo material they also made it sound like you would be running through the Denver Zoo, but we just ran around it.
Finish Area - The finish area was great, lots of vendors and freebies! There was a pull pork sandwich and a Michelob Ultra included with the race fee too!
-Good tour of the city
-Lots of water/gatorade stations
-Really nice finishers medal!
-Invisible First Aid stations - I was trying to find tylenol to keep some hip pain at bay but either the first aid stations weren't set up or they were REALLY poorly marked.
-Having Michelob Ultra at the end of a marathon!!! Give me some full carb glory! JK - but only a little ;)