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The Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon is pleased to announce that the 13.1 mile half marathon will run through Denver Zoo for the second year in a row. Denver Zoo has entered into an exclusive partnership with the Colfax Marathon, establishing the Colfax Half Marathon as the only race to run through the zoo. The half marathon sold out in 2013. The 2014 race will take place on Sunday, May 18.
The one mile trek through Denver Zoo takes runners past Predator Ridge, where they pass the world's fastest land animal, the cheetah. Runners pass through Toyota Elephant Passage, home to five Asian elephants, Malayan Tapirs and the greater one-horned rhino. The rhino was a hit with runners in 2013, running alongside them through the 10-acre exhibit.
"Last year's race was a huge success. We are excited to welcome runners back to the zoo," says Denver Zoo spokeswoman Tiffany Barnhart. "This year competitors will be able to see Billy, our newest elephant at Toyota Elephant Passage."
"This race is a celebration of all the unique things about the Mile High City," said race CEO Andrea Dowdy. "There are only a few races in the country that run through a zoo, and we're proud to showcase one mile through Denver Zoo."
Over 14,000 athletes participate in Colorado's biggest springtime race, and more than 6,000 run the half marathon. The 9th annual event awards a $1,000 prize to runners who set a new event record in the men's and women's half marathon - and an additional $1,000 for setting a new state record. The Colfax Marathon half marathon records currently are: Patrick Rizzo, 2012, Men's Half 1:08:09; Brianna Nelson, 2012, Women's Half 1:17:04.
"The Colfax Marathon is an event that the city goes ape for every year," said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. "With the half marathon race snaking through the Denver Zoo, runners will get to enjoy a lion's share of racing fun in one of Denver's greatest cultural gems."
• Half Marathoners run a one mile trek through Denver Zoo.
• Runners pass one of the fastest animals on earth: the cheetah. Cheetahs can accelerate to 45 miles per hour in two seconds and can attain a top speed of 70 miles per hour over short distances!
• Humans' top speed is 27 miles per hour.
• Elephants can run 25 miles per hour.
WHAT: 2014 Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon
WHEN: Sunday, May 18, 2014
WHERE: City Park, Denver Colorado
EVENTS: 26.2 mile marathon, 13.1 mile half marathon, the Urban 10 Miler, the 5-person marathon relay - including the Corporate Cup and Government Cup division - and the Colfax 5K that kicks off race weekend on Saturday, May 17, 2014.
AWARDS: $1,000 for setting a new event record in the men's and women's marathon and half marathon.
REGISTER: Online registration is now open at www.runcolfax.org. The sooner you register, the lower the price!