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Contact: Regan Petersen
2006 Inaugural Denver Marathon Hosts Largest Marathon in Colorado
with More Than 5,000 Runners
Coloradoans Lead the Pack in Marathon and Half-Marathon in
2006 Inaugural Denver Marathon
DENVER, Colo. – October 15, 2006 – The 2006 world-class Denver Marathon™
marked its first year today welcoming more than 5,000 runners to the Mile
High City, which included a marathon, a half-marathon, a four-person relay
and the McDonald's Mile Kids Race. The largest marathon event in Colorado
history, the marathon portion of the event sold out its maximum marathon
registration prior to race day. The Denver Marathon attracted runners from
around the world, including 13 countries and 43 states within the
continental United States, hundreds of spectators along the courses, local
and national event sponsors and more than 600 volunteers who joined
together to help make the event a huge success.
Local Superior, Colorado resident, Clint Wells, 31, took first place in the
men's marathon bracket with a time of 2:28:36. Paul DiGrappo, 25, of
Castle Rock, Colorado took second with a time of 2:39:23 and Tony Roberts,
33, from Frederick, Colorado, rounded out the winner's circle taking third
place for a time of 2:41:08. In the women's category, Taeko Terauchi, 33,
Tokyo resident took first place with a time of 2:51:35. Elvira Kolpakova,
33, of Derwood, Maryland, took second with a time of 2:55:35 and Brandy
Erholtz, 29, of Bailey, Colorado, placed third with a time of 2:58:47.
Half Marathon Results:
Local elite athlete Alan Culpepper from Lafayette, Colorado, 34, ranked the
#2 marathoner in the U.S. by Track & Field News, took first place in the
men's marathon bracket with a time of 1:04:52. Michael Aish, 30, of
Gunnison, Colorado, took second with a time of 1:05:51 and Alex Hudgins,
23, of Golden, Colorado rounded out the winner's circle taking third place
for a time of 1:12:58. Dawn Fischer, 40 of Gillette, Wyoming, won the
women's category with a time of 1:29:20. Anuta Catuna, 38, from Romania
took second with a time of 1:31:05 and Kelly Meeter, 37, of Denver,
finished third with a time of 1:32:23.
Individual and Corporate Relay Results:
Denver Fastest Relay team, titled "Top Five" placed first with a time of
3:02:25. "Phidippides Track Club" took second with a time of 3:05:58 and
"70 FTS 557 FTS Sharkbait" won third with a team time of 3:13:40.
Holding the title as Denver's Fastest Corporate Relay team, a team of four
runners from 4240 Architecture won the relay with a time of 3:21:16.
Businesses and organizations from around the state entered teams of four
persons to run the Denver Marathon Corporate Relay of which 100 percent of
the money raised will benefit Denver's Road Home – Denver Mayor John W.
Hickenlooper's 10-year plan to end homelessness.
The McDonald's Mile Kids Race had an overwhelming 600 regional kids
participate in its one mile fun-run to promote active lifestyles in the
state of Colorado. Ronald McDonald kicked off the Kids Race with a
stretching hour to prepare the runners for the race.
"We designed a course to distinguish the Denver Marathon from other
marathons that included a beautiful scenic route for participants and high
altitude conditions that challenged our elite field of runners," said Dave
McGillivray, Race Director of the Denver Marathon. "We congratulate not
only the winners of this year's events, but every athlete who participated
in the 2006 Denver Marathon to mark this inaugural running experience for
the city of Denver."
The Denver Marathon course was designed by McGillivray and his Denver
Marathon operations team. The course highlighted the cultural diversity of
Denver's communities by incorporating a mix of urban neighborhoods,
shopping and restaurant districts, city parks and residential areas. The
race course was flat and had little to no elevation change and was
certified by USA Track & Field as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.
Approximately 100 participants in this year's Denver Marathon represented
charitable organizations which are expected to raise more than $150,000.
These charities include the American Council of the Blind of Colorado,
Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI), Denver CASA - Court Appointed
Special Advocates FOR CHILDREN, Denver Rescue Mission, Denver's Road Home,
Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado, Metro Denver Sports Foundation (MDSC)
"Sneaker Week" and Warren Village.
Next year's marathon is scheduled for October 21, 2007. For more
information on the 2007 Denver Marathon, please visit
About Denver Marathon™
The new Denver MarathonTM is owned and operated by Run Denver, LLC, a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Experience Sports, LLC – a sports marketing and
management company. Run Denver was created to develop an annual Denver
marathon and half marathon that will bring a world-class running experience
to the Denver community and economic and social vitality to the metro
Denver area. For more information, please visit www.denvermarathon.com.