Denver Marathon
Denver, CO USA
Sunday, October 20, 2013

Denver Information

Denver, Colorado is just one of the many stops for a very popular marathon series. All together, the Marathon visits more than 20 North American cities as well as several locations in Europe.

Denver, which hosted its first marathon in 2010, now attracts approximately 12,000 runners per year for the race. Offered as not only a full and half marathon, the Denver Marathon also gives participants the option of running a 2-person half marathon relay. Beginning in 2012, Denver has added yet another exciting event to the line-up. The inaugural Denver Bike Tour will offer 750 cyclists a chance to ride and enjoy 24 miles of the course prior to the start of the marathon.

At the heart of this race and the reason for its name is the high-energy entertainment along the way: local Denver bands playing at every mile of the course. Set to pump up the runners as they rock their way to the finish, the bands come from all backgrounds, playing everything from classical to punk. Adding even more spirit to the race are the numerous cheer and dance teams that line the course to cheer on the participants. Costumes and themed outfits are encouraged, especially among the relay runners, for even more fun in an already-unique athletic experience.

During the 2 days leading up to the race, Denver's Marathon Expo takes place at the Colorado Convention Center. With over 60 vendors and abundant free samples, the expo is not only an alluring piece of the marathon experience but this is also where participants must stop by to pick up their race packets. This event is open to the public and is a wonderful resource for any visitors looking for health and nutrition information, sports gear and running apparel.

The marathon boasts a largely flat course that winds through downtown Denver. On a clear day, runners may be able to see the spectacular Rocky Mountains off to the west in additional to the rest of the beautiful scenery that Denver offers. The Denver Marathon winds through some of Denver's most interesting neighborhoods as well as passing by prominent landmarks and through the city's numerous parks.

Once runners complete their race, they can head on over to the Finish Line Festival and headliner concert. Another event that is open to the public, the festival allows participants to meet up with their family and friends to celebrate their accomplishments. Spectators and runners alike can mingle while enjoying refreshments and even more live music.

The Denver Marathon is an event for which many enthusiasts may wish to make the trip from out of town. For these travelers, the city offers a great selection of accommodations and restaurants nearby and within walking distance from the start/finish lines.