Denver runners, rockers and residents are well acquainted by now with the hallmarks of the Sports Authority Rock ’n’ Roll Denver Marathon: the bands, the cheerleader squads, the tangle of road closings. But this year the local cycling scene will be part of the mix, too: The inaugural Rock ’n’ Roll Denver Bike Tour leaves the Civic Center Park start line at 6:45 a.m. as the opening act for the first waves of the runners’ marathon, half-marathon and marathon relays.
“With everyone in Colorado loving their bikes as much as they do, we thought it would be a great addition to our Denver event, espe-cially since we’ll already have the roads closed,” says race spokeswoman Amana Miyamae. “It’s going to be a cool opportunity for cy-clists to ride on closed streets and get the Rock ’n’ Roll experience.” The course rocks and rolls its way through downtown, then loops around City, Cheesman and Washington parks before the finale and encore party in Civic Center Park, where the Andy Hackworth Band and headliner Trevor Hall will be holding down the main stage with a free concert from 8:15 a.m. until noon. Race-day registration for the bike tour is $75; the marathon and half-marathon are $150, and the marathon relay is $195 per two-person team, with a portion of all proceeds benefiting the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Visit runrocknroll.competitor.com/denver for information.
Sat., Sept. 22, 2012