The Denver Marathon is now the Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon. The first running under the event’s new name is October 17th, 2010. The Competitor Group (CGI) which runs all 13 Rock ‘n’ Marathons across the country recently purchased Denver’s premier race.
But how will the Denver Marathon change now that it’s part of the Rock ‘n’ Roll series? First of all, the race will be heavily advertised all over the world. The Rock ‘n’ Roll race series offers some of the largest and most respected marathons in the country.
Last December, when the Zappos’ Las Vegas marathon joined the Rock ‘n’ Roll series, the number of participants nearly doubled, and the race sold out for the first time in it’s history.
Expect the number of participants in the Denver race to drastically increase. According to the Competitor group, there should be at least 15,000 runners this year. Sign up early, because the race could sell out.
With a big name sponsorship like CGI, the prize money will also increase, drawing in more world renowned runners. This year, two of the biggest names in U.S. running, Deena Kastor and Ryan Hall, are competing in Rock ‘n’ Roll events.
The Denver Marathon is the biggest marathon in Colorado. According to the Competitor Group’s Anton Villatoro, Denver has one of the largest numbers of runners per capita of any city in country.
The Denver Marathon was already a top ranked marathon by Runner’s World Magazine, and the Competitor Group’s acquisition of the race should only bring more prestige, organization, and notoriety to the event.
The President of CGI recently said, “Denver is an outstanding destination to run a marathon and we are excited to offer runners a flat, scenic course set against the backdrop of the breathtaking Rocky Mountains that give Colorado its gorgeous panoramas.”
CGI says that the 2010 event will follow the existing race course that begins in front of the State Capitol, and travels past many of Denver’s major landmarks including Larimer Square, the Pepsi Center, Union Station and Coors Field. The race also travels through City, Cheesman and Washington Parks.
The course has very little elevation gain and is certified by USA Track & Field as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.
The new Denver Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon will also offer a 1/2 marathon, and an ING team relay event. Registration is now open for the race, and fees have only gone up slightly for the 2010 event.
Other Rock ‘n’ Roll marathons are also run in Dallas, San Diego, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Philadelphia.
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