Joggers love crushed granite. Maybe thats why the Aetna Park to Park 10 Miler is so popular: Its ten-mile course connects four city parks, three of which are known for their miles of runner-friendly, crushed-granite paths. Another reason to love this race is that it provides a Labor Day bookend to the Memorial Day Bolder Boulder. Runners agree that this is a racers race, with clear mile markers, good support and amenities, and fun finish-line festivities that include complimentary massages, live music and a nice assortment of food and refreshments.
Drivers and racers, take note: The Park to Park starts on 23rd Avenue between Colorado Boulevard and the Denver Zoo entrance. Runners will circle the western half of City Park and continue down the esplanade to Elizabeth Street, where the course turns west on 11th Avenue to Cheesman Park. Runners jog the big loop and then cut farther west via Eighth Avenue, turning south on Emerson to Alamo Placita Park. The course then crosses Speer Boulevard and follows Downing, then Marion, until it reaches Washington Park for the big finish lap.
Note: There is no registration on race day. However, its easy to register online (fee: $60) through August 31, and pre-registered runners can pick-up their bib numbers and T-shirts on the morning of the event. Visit the official site at www.parktopark10miler.com for registration, course maps and helpful hints. All proceeds will benefit the Lorenzen Cancer Foundation. For more information, call Maureen at 303-220-1037.
Mon., Sept. 1, 7 a.m., 2008