On Sunday I will be running in the Colfax Denver Urban 10 Miler. I chose this race because I could combine it with a visit to see my daughter and because it sounded so unique. Unlike most of my races, I really have no idea what I am getting into!
What I Do Know About The Urban 10 Miler
First, I’ll share what I do know about the Colfax Denver Urban 10 Miler:
Run the final 10 miles of the Colfax Marathon course! The Urban 10 Miler features an epic Mile High Stadium run-through. Downtown Denver. Confluence and Cherry Creek, 17th Avenue to City Park – and one big after party. Sleep in, because you get a later start time – and it’s a staggered start from Rocky Mountain College of Arts and Design (RMCAD), filtering runners one by one into the ongoing marathon. If you’re looking for a challenge at a shorter distance, this is the race for you.
Basically, runners are fed into the last 10 miles of the marathon course on a streaming basis. I hope the marathoners don’t hate us–and our fresh legs–too much!
What I Don’t Know About The Urban 10 Miler
1.How I will get to the start. We usually rent a car when we visit my daughter, but since we’re staying in downtown Denver, and because the Westin charges $40/night for parking, we’re going to try taking the new train from the airport into the city and let my daughter drive us around. For the NYC Half, I stayed walking distance from the start, but although the Westin is the official race hotel, it’s not that close. Will I take a taxi? An Uber? I still haven’t figured it out!
2. My start time. The Urban 10 Miler has a rolling start spanning from 8:00 to 9:30 am. When I registered they told me I should have an early start time based on my predicted pace, but I don’t know my start window yet–I’ll get that information when I get my bib number.
3. How the elevation will impact my running. One reason I chose the Urban 10 Miler instead of the Half Marathon was concerns over how the elevation will impact my running. While the course itself looks pretty flat, they don’t call Denver the “mile high city” for nothing. I’ve been fine on shorter runs when I visit my daughter, but I’ve never tried to push my pace or run 10 miles–let alone both at the same time!
4. How my husband will find me. The day before the NYC Half, we did some reconnaissance along the race course and finish area to figure out where my husband could watch for me and meet me. I’m not as familiar with Denver as I am with NYC, so we will have to get my daughter to drive us along the course and to City Park so we can get the lay of the land.
5. How I will manage on the flight home. The NYC Half was my first destination race, but this will be my first race that involves a long flight home after the race. I will have to do better about eating right after the race to fend off post-race GI issues, and bring a lacrosse ball to use on the plane.
Since this is a race I truly am running for fun, I’m not stressing over these details, although I hope most of my questions are answered before Sunday!
Have you done any of the Colfax Denver races?
Have you done a race without knowing much about it?