After 880 days, the Colfax Marathon has finally returned to Denver!
Denver’s largest running event was cancelled in 2020 and the postponed from it’s normal May date to the fall of 2021. With it’s return, thousands of runners came out to City Park for the event that includes a marathon, marathon relay, half marathon and 10 mile.
There is also a 5K at City Park on Sunday.
This post will be updated with the winners as they finish.
Wesley Robinson of Denver was the first marathon finisher, running the 26.2 mile course in 2:28:31. Ashton Grissom of Lone Tree took the silver in the marathon in 2:35:52. John Herrick of Boulder was the third finisher in 2:39:44.
The first female in the marathon was Gabby McWilliams of Westminster in 3:03:07. Second place went to Melissa Bell of Charlotte, NC in 3:07:10 while Hannah Post of Denver took third in 3:07:59.
Lawrence Kipkoech of Lubbock, TX pulled away early in the half marathon to take the victory in 1:09:21. Past winner of both of the half marathon and the marathon, Patrick Rizzo of Kingston Springs, TN, was second in 1:10:57. Rounding out the podium was Josef Tessema of Castle Rock in 1:11:46.
In the women’s half marathon, Biruktayit Degefa of Castle Rock crushed the Colorado State Half Marathon record by nearly two minutes, winning in 1:11:49. Second place went to Rebecca Lavietes of Denver in 1:23:02. Taking the bronze was Amy Rivers of Westminster in 1:23:10.
In the Urban 10 Mile, Watkins Fulk-Gray of Glenwood Springs took top honors in 58:21. He was followed by Chris McDonald of Niwot it 1:02:20 and Tommy Leforce of Windsor in 1:02:59.
The first female in the Urban 10 Mile was Becca Evans of Longmont, who finished second overall. Her time was 1:00:17. She was followed by Chantalle Schultz-Rathbun of Colorado Springs in 1:03:49. Third place went to Sophia Galleher of Denver in 1:04:09.
1,172 runners crossed the marathon finish and 3,746 runners crossed the finish line in the half marathon. 612 runners finished the 10 Mile and there were 2,041 marathon relay teams of five people finished (10,205 team members).
All in all, that makes a total of 15,735 runners taking place in today’s event. This makes the Colfax Marathon event the largest running event in Colorado since the start of the pandemic.