Annual road race returns this weekend October 15-16
Denver, Colorado – This weekend, the Transamerica Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Half Marathon will serve as the 2016 USATF Colorado Association State Half Marathon Championships. The half marathon will take off at 7:15am on Sunday, October 16.
“We are thrilled to host the state championships again this year in Colorado’s capital city,” said Patrick Byerly, SVP of Global Events for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “Colorado has such an active and healthy population, and we can’t wait to celebrate the running community here come Sunday.”
In order to be eligible for State Championship awards, athletes must be members of USATF – Colorado and be eligible to represent the United States in international athletics competition.
“We are very excited to be partnering with this race once again and building the sport of running in Colorado,” said Kathy Butler, a spokeswoman for the USATF Colorado Association. “Thank you very much to Transamerica Rock ’n Roll Denver for working with us to host the USATF Colorado Association Half Marathon Championships. Best of luck to all of the competitors.”
Boulder native Tyler McCandless’s personal best of 1 hour, 3 minutes, and 14 seconds makes him a top candidate for the championship. Turning 30-years-old on Friday – two days before the race – McCandless is a two time Olympic Trials qualifier and placed 6th just a couple of weeks ago in the fast elite field at the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon. Other Coloradans competing for the men’s title are Marty Andrie of Golden, CO and Chris Siemers of Littleton, CO who placed 4th in this race last year.
The women’s race will have some steep competition with 4 of the top runners all posting personal bests under 1 hour, 15 minutes. Valentine Kibet who has crossed the finish line in 1:11:34, Christie Foster – 1:14:02, Grace Kahura – 1:14:24, and Ashley Brasovan – 1:14:30 will all be going for the top spot.
The Transamerica Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Half Marathon weekend includes a 5K on Saturday, October 15 followed by the main event on Sunday, October 16. Races will start and finish in Civic Center Park, and run through Denver’s scenic downtown and several parks as cheerleaders and live bands offer an entertaining atmosphere all the way to the finish line. On Sunday, runners will celebrate with a post-race concert featuring G. Love & Special Sauce in Civic Center Park. All runners will receive a finisher’s medal, Brooks technical t-shirt and personalized finisher certificate.
Race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15. Dozens of retailers will be on hand, offering the latest in nutrition and fitness apparel.
For more information on the event, visit RunRocknRoll.com/Denver.