Longtime local runners Alan Lind and Maureen Roben, who already provide the brains and the brawn behind the Platte River Trail Half Marathon in April, fantasized about organizing a run that took side trips through the neighborhoods of Denver, but they learned that it could be a costly endeavor to go off-trail. Still, when the Lorenzen Cancer Foundation asked them to create a Denver race that would serve as one of the eight national competitions for its Pancreatica Pacesetters Running Team, they hit the ground running.
"It was one of those meant-to-be things," Roben says of the inaugural Aetna Park to Park 10 Miler, which takes an easy-on-the-eyes route through City, Cheesman and Alamo Placita parks before ending up with a party in Washington Park. What a great way to appreciate the city you're stuck in over the long weekend.
The race leaves City Park at 7 a.m.; to register (the fee is $55), visit www.parktopark10miler.com.
Mon., Sept. 3, 7 a.m.