Denver Marathon Guide

Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon Guide

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The Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 18, 2015. It’s the 10th anniversary of the annual event. Race organizers expect about 15,000 runners to participate. In September, organizers said 2015 will be the last year of the marathon. In 2016, only the half-marathon, 10K, and 5K distances will be offered.

Are you running on Sunday or know someone who is? Here’s our Denver Marathon guide.

Denver Marathon Schedule

There are five events on race day: marathon, half-marathon, relay, 10K, and 5K. Here is the schedule and details for each distance.

Marathon

Date: 10/18/2015
Start Time: 08:00 AM* MDT
Course Map: View
Start Line: Adams County Fairground.
Shuttle Pick Up: Civic Center Park
Reserve parking near the shuttle pick up.
Drop Off: Adams County Fairgrounds
Marathon participants will receive shuttle service to the start line at Adams County Fairgrounds. Shuttles will run from 5am-7:30am.
Finish Line: Civic Center Park, 14th Avenue
Parking: Reserve parking near the finish line
* Times subject to change

Half-Marathon

Date: 10/18/2015
Start Time: 07:15 AM* MDT
Course Map: View
Start Line: Civic Center Park
Finish Line: Civic Center Park, 14th Avenue
Parking: Reserve parking near the finish line
* Times subject to change

Relay

Date: 10/18/2015
Start Time: 07:15 AM* MDT
Course Map: View
Start Line: Civic Center Park
Finish Line: Civic Center Park, 14th Avenue
Parking: Reserve parking near the finish line
* Times subject to change

10K

Date: 10/18/2015
Start Time: 07:15 AM* MDT
Course Map: View
Start Line: Civic Center Park
Finish Line: Civic Center Park, 14th Avenue
Parking: Reserve parking near the finish line
* Times subject to change

5k

Date: 10/18/2015
Start Time: 08:05 AM* MDT
Course Map: View
Start Line: Civic Center Park
Finish Line: Civic Center Park, 14th Avenue
Parking: Reserve parking near the finish line
* Times subject to change

Park Downtown For $5/Day

Driving downtown for the marathon? SpotHero has an exclusive $5/day marathon weekend rate at Independence Plaza (1050 17th St.). The rate is valid on Saturday (10/17) and Sunday (10/18). Save some money during race weekend!

Road Closures & No Park Areas

Most road closures and detours will be in effect on Sunday 10/18/15 from 6:15 am to 2:30 pm. At 6:15 am, Police and event personnel may implement a soft closure along the entire race course. Check out the road closures and no park charts so you can plan ahead.

Click here for a road closure table [PDF].

Click here for a list of no park areas [PDF].

3 Race Day Tips

  1. Download the free Waze app for iPhone or Android to get directions around road closures.
  2. Reserve parking with SpotHero to guarantee your spot near the start and finish line for the 5k, 10k, and half-marathon.
  3. Not running but want to join the event? You can volunteer. Organizers need volunteers at the water stations and to hand out medals. They’re also looking for cheer/dance squads to perform at the cheer stations. Click here for more information about how to volunteer.

Interactive Course Map

This map outlines the road closures, highlights alternate routes, and provides access information for popular destinations which will be affected by road closures during the race.

Click here for a PDF of the marathon course map.
Click here for a PDF of the half-marathon course map.

Important Links

General info for all races
Confirm your race day entry here.
General info for the expo (10/16 – 10/17)

Photo credit: Andrew McClanahan of Competitor.com