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Charles Wanjiku (Boulder, Col.) takes top spot in the half marathon while Nell Rojas (Boulder, Col.) finishes first in women’s race

DENVER, Colo. (Oct. 21, 2018) – Approximately 8,000 registered runners from age 12 to 80 took to the streets of the Mile-High City his weekend to participate in the running of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Half Marathon. With a renewed focus on the core pillars of great music in a community environment, runners of all athletic levels enjoyed the sights and sounds of Colorado’s capital city.

The best-in-class running event kicked off on Saturday morning with a 5K starting and finishing at Civic Center Park in downtown Denver. The half marathon and 10K took place on Sunday, with runners from 49 states and 18 countries receiving a first-class tour of Denver. Runners started on Civic Center Park headed north on Bannock St. toward 14th Street where runners circled the LoDo neighborhood, made their way down North Capitol Hill and through City Park before crossing the finish line back at Civic Center Park.

In the half marathon, Charles Wanjiku  (Boulder, Col.) won the race with his first-place effort clocking a time of 1:06:38. Jerrell Mock (Fort Collins, Col.) was second with a time of 1:08:07. Christopher Guerrero (Boulder, Col.) followed in third place finishing in 1:10:46. Nell Rojas (Boulder, Col.) was the women’s champion with a final time of 1:17:47 with Laura Cook (Denver, Col.) next behind her at 1:21:46. Sarah Hutchings (Denver, Col) rounded out the podium in 1:22:11.

Elite runners and fast times aside, Sunday’s races were all about the party atmosphere. Several local bands, including at the New Ben Franklins, Lee & Co. Face the Music, and Adam Lopez performed live on improved band stages along the route interspersed with cheerleaders and themed water stations. Participants moved along to more music than ever with all new mile-markers that included speakers while taking in the local scenery and city streets packed with spectator support.

The musically themed road race celebrated the day’s accomplishments with the sounds of Colorado natives, Dragondeer, who headlined the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series at  the finish line festival held at Civic Center Park.

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About Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® is the world’s largest running series with more than 600,000 runners taking part in over 30 destination events around the world every year. Established in 1998, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series’ simple idea of making running fun has transformed both the U.S. and global running landscape by infusing the course with live bands, cheer teams and entertaining water stations, creating a block-party atmosphere for participants and spectators alike. Focused on running, music and community, race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo showcasing the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information and much more. Events culminate with an entertaining finish-line festival featuring some of the biggest names in music, with past performances including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, O.A.R. Aloe Blacc, Pitbull, FloRida, The Band Perry, Fitz and the Tantrums, the Goo Goo Dolls and Bret Michaels. Further information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series can be found online at and follow @RunRocknRoll on all social platforms.

As part of Wanda Sports Holdings, the IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon® Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, trail running like Ultra-Trail Australia™, and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 230 events across 53 countries. For more information, visit

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