Over 600 participants converged at the Cherry Creek Reservoir for the Denver Half Marathon and Trail 10K Sunday morning. With cool temperatures at the start, runners set off for a beautiful trail run around the reservoir and park.
Runners were treated to a very flat course which included 90% dirt trails, bike paths and roads and led to some quick finishing times. Awards were given out to the top male and female finishers, as well as the top three finishers in each respective age category.
In the men’s half marathon, 34-year old Charlie Gruber of Golden grabbed the win with a 1:13:58 finishing time. Second place finisher Francisco Pantoja crossed the line about six minutes later in 1:19:59. Rounding out the top three was Driss Majdoub of Denver in 1:24:59.
The women’s half marathon race also saw some impressive top finishing times, with Regina Hammond of Colorado Springs grabbing the win in 1:32:24. 24-year old Ashley Taylor came in second in 1:33:49, and Anna Thibodo of Amarillo, TX rounded out the top three in 1:33:34.
In the men’s 10K race, Danny Whelan crossed the line first in 37:26. 38-year old Lenny Lario came in second in 37:54, and Paul Asper of Denver crossed the line in third in 42:33.
Women’s 10K winner Amanda Scott of Boulder finished up in fifth place overall in 43:22, after going off course for nearly a half mile. 44-year old Holly Stull took second in 46:54 and Lauren Moss rounded out the top three with a time of 47:34.
Race participants were treated to a post-race celebration that included an expo, food and beverages. The Denver Half Marathon and 10K Trail Race is the sixth event in the Endurance Race Series.