“In Colorado, you could probably register for three 5K races every weekend; they’re kind of a dime a dozen here,” notes Ashlie Reynoso, special-events manager for the American Lung Association in our state. “But this one has a unique flair, and that flair is the location itself. It’s one of those 5Ks people won’t ever forget.” And that’s one reason that the Run the ’Rocks 5K, which benefits the American Lung Association, continues to delight runners year after year. The course winds through the roads of Red Rocks Park — a challenging stretch, to say the least — and finishes by racing up the steps at the amphitheater. Along the way, there will be bands and cheerleaders providing live music and other motivations, and the run ends with exhibitors and food on the plaza at the top. “It’s a challenging course,” Reynoso acknowledges, “but I think people love that about it. People are working hard — and who doesn’t love to be at Red Rocks?”
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The park and amphitheater are at 18300 West Alameda Parkway in Morrison; day-of-event registration and check-in for the seventh annual Run the ’Rocks starts at 8 a.m., and the run/walk starts at 9:30 a.m. from the upper north lot. Registration is $45 for adults and $20 for kids; visit lung.org/associations/states/colorado for information.
Sun., Oct. 13, 8 a.m., 2013