Mile High, Elephants, Topless Men, OH MY!
Colfax Half Marathon
May 19, 2013
I have done this race before. When I first started nurturing this crazy hobby of mine and way before I decided to do one race in each state, I found the Colfax Marathon and thought it would be fun. In 2011 it had a 3 ½ hour cut-off. Which I missed. By 9 minutes (I still was allowed to finish and collect my medal). This year it had a 4 hour cut-off. Which I came under. By 15 minutes. Not really an improvement (actually, I got slower), but it’s nice to have that cushion.
This year the race organizers changed the route. Instead of the majority of the course taking place on Colfax Avenue, they wandered the course through the Denver Zoo and then around other streets that weren’t Colfax. Only about 1 ½ miles actually took place on Colfax – which isn’t a bad thing – Colfax isn’t the prettiest (or shadiest street in Denver) and I actually enjoyed the new course better. Except for the 2 miles that went by every restaurant in town. I was hungry. And without money. Or time. But the best part of this course happened about mile 11.4 – firemen. Without shirts. Wowza.
But I get ahead of myself…
I was successful in talking my friend Amanda into doing this race with me by telling her that the course ran through the zoo – “You’ll get to see elephants, Amanda!” “Sold!”, she said. And then I told her about the firemen who would be in attendance. After she wiped the drool off her face, she registered and I had my weekend companion all lined up. It’s a strange combo, elephants and topless men, but I do what I have to do to bribe my friends.
Packet pick up this year was located at Mile High Stadium (nka Sports Authority Field at Mile High, formerly known as Invesco Field at Mile High, but it will ALWAYS be just Mile High for Coloradans) and I was in heaven. It made me wish for football season. It wasn’t the roomiest of packet pick-ups but it was fairly quick and had free parking. And the view. O.M.G. it was amazing.