The Denver 5K

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The Denver 5K
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A picturesque place for a 5k, this event stretches alongside Sloan's Lake, with runners drifting along its perimeter across a concrete surface. The live music and food trucks at the finish are sure to quell the post-summer blues of all racers, and if that wasn't enough, there's even an afterparty.
5k Elite Wave , Kids Fun Run and 5k Open Wave
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Sun, Oct 9, 2022
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Denver, United States
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Where and when
W 17th Ave & Utica St, Denver, CO, USA
Start times
Sunday, Oct 9, 2022
5k Elite Wave :
8:50 AM |
Kids Fun Run :
9:05 AM |
5k Open Wave:
9:30 AM
Event summary
Here are the distances available for The Denver 5K
5k Elite Wave
1 Loop
5k Open Wave
1 Loop
Kids Fun Run
Route information
This lakeside course begins on the South side of the Sloan Lake park and takes runners around the entire length of Sloan Lake itself. The course is largely flat and is run on concrete throughout. Runners will travel clockwise up to the North area of the park where a water stop is available for those in need.
There is a slightly raised incline area after the 2nd kilometer, though runners will then enter a downhill section before a short hill section at the finishing area where they complete the full loop of the park.
What's included
  • Short-sleeved tee,
  • Souvenir race bib
  • Commemorative Pint Glass
  • Chip timed
  • Free beer token
  • Free parking
How to get there
W 17th Ave & Utica St, Denver, CO, USA
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There is free parking on Sheridan Boulevard and next to the start-finish line. Access Sloan Lake Park after turning onto Perry Street from West Colfax or Sloan's Lake road from Federal Boulevard.
Event day logistics
8:00-9:15am: Race Day Registration/ Late Packet Pick-Up and Expo Opens
9:00am: Elite 5k Wave
9:05am: Kids Fun Run (Free for children 7 & Under)
9:30am: 5k (Open Wave) Start
9:35am: Walker Wave Start
10:15am: Awards Ceremony
10:25am: 5280 and CrossFit Team Awards
10:30am: After party - One Free Beer AT Joyride Brewing
Early Packet Pickup
Date TBC, the event will be held at Planet Fitness in Lakewood Co 80214.
Late Packet Pickup
Participants can pick up their race packs on the day of the event at 8:00-9:15.
There are toilets on-site and in the parking lot.
Water stations
There is one water station on the 5k course approximately halfway through the event.
Raceday Raffle
There will be a charity raffle with Avanti Safe House and Extended Hands of Hope in Denver on race-morning, please consider donating the following critical needs items: (Toilet paper, paper gloves, non-latex gloves, paper cups for medicine, and gift cards to major outlets or grocery stores). Runners who bring 5 of these donations will be entered into an exclusive race day raffle.
Awards Ceremony
The top 3 Men and Women overall will be recognized alongside the top 3 Men and Women in the following categories: M/F 0-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+. All awards will be given to winners based on all combined waves.
Those who finish 52nd overall and 80th get a special prize in the prize ceremony.
All racers will receive a short-sleeved tech shirt.
Well-behaved dogs are allowed on the course provided that they are kept on a leash. They will begin the race at the back of the starting line.
Those with strollers are permitted but should start at the back of their wave and to the side of the sidewalk.
After Party
There will be an after-party at Joyride Brewing where runners can receive a free pint.
Is there parking at The Denver 5K?
Yes, parking is available on Sheridan Boulevard, there is also parking space around the Start/Finish line.
Are there water stations at The Denver 5K?
Yes, there is one water station located halfway through the course.
Are there age restrictions for who can enter The Denver 5K?
No, any age can run in 5k, making it the perfect event for families. There's also a free Kids Fun Run for those aged 7 and under.
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