Rock n’ Roll Marathon Sets New Course for Denver

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The city’s ‘26.2 Mile Block Party’ Combines Entertainment with Revamped Race Route

Runners can expect a rockin’ tour to roll through Denver on October 17th as the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon & ½ Marathon will feature redesigned race route.  The course will feature several newly inspired sections of the race route, including more scenic tours of the parks and a loop past the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

“This new course should certainly result in faster times than the Denver marathon course of years past,” said Alan Culpepper, winner of 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon who recently joined the Competitor Group as an Operations Manager. “There are fewer turns and more straight paths. With the larger field we’ll also be implementing a wave start to alleviate bottlenecks and help runners hit their stride.”

Rookie runners and serious speedsters alike will appreciate the fine-tuned tweaks to the former Denver Marathon, with less turns, more straightaways and wider running lanes to allow for passing. The new course will still highlight many of the popular features of past years, including many of Denver’s major landmarks including the Denver Art Museum, the Pepsi Center, Union Station and Coors Field, Denver Zoo as well as City, Cheesman and Washington Parks.

The course has little to no elevation change and is certified by USA Track & Field as a Boston Marathon qualifier. Participants can expect more runner amenities that make for a better race experience, including additional port-o-potties, medical stations and water stations.

But the most noticeable difference in from years past will be the miles and miles of entertainment. Live local bands, decked out water stations and vivacious cheerleaders will provide quality entertainment along each mile of the course, motivating runners to the finish, where the real celebration begins at Civic Center Park.

The newly designed start and finish lines on Bannock Street allow for a spectacular culmination of festivities in Civic Center Park. Runners and spectators can partake in the community-wide celebration at the Finish Line Festival and enjoy a headliner act playing center stage at the amphitheater in the park.

“With more than 14,000 runners expected to participate this year, we wanted to invigorate the existing course with our signature Rock ‘n’ Roll sound and energy, while continuing to showcase Denver’s majestic Rocky Mountains and lush green parks,” said Shannon Davis, Event Manager. “We look forward to welcoming many of our loyal Denver runners and we encourage new runners to challenge themselves in this fantastic destination.”

Full course descriptions of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon & ½ Marathon, including turn-by-turn directions and course maps, are located at online at Information regarding Kids Rock Denver presented by McDonald’s will be available soon. For more information, or to register please visit or call 800-311-1255.

About Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver
A Competitor event, the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon & 1/2 Marathon and ING Rock ‘n’ Roll Relay will welcome more than 14,000 participants to Colorado on Sunday, October 17, 2010. Live bands and cheerleaders will entertain participants along every mile of the scenic course, which starts near the State Capitol in downtown Denver and travels past many of city’s major landmarks and parks. The race concludes with a finish line festival and headliner concert at Civic Center Park.

A two-day Health & Fitness Expo kicks off race weekend at the Colorado Convention Center on Friday, October 15 and Saturday, October 16. The free expo is open to the public and will feature the latest in running apparel and nutrition products.  Online registration for the event is open at

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