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If you like the city life, but still relish time outdoors, you’ll love this race—the perfect mix for urban mountain mommas.
Known for live, local bands lining the course, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon & 1/2 (runrocknroll.competitor.com) knows how to make a race feel like one long jam session. Starting and finishing in downtown Denver, runners dash along city streets before heading through nearby parks back-dropped by the southern Rocky Mountains. After crossing the finish line, toast your accomplishment with a frosty bev and boogie down to more live music at the outdoor after-party.
Channel your inner mountain woman! The female-specific shop Outdoor Divas (outdoordivas.com) has everything you need to outfit your adventurous lifestyle. From yoga to mountain climbing, biking and trail hiking—this store has the gear to help you play in the dirt. And if you’re in the market for new running kicks, check out Runners Roost (runnersroost.com), where a trained associate will evaluate your gait to help you choose the perfect shoe for your feet.
Though the state of Colorado might spark images of steep inclines and hilly paths, the Cherry Creek Trail (parks.state.co.us) offers miles of relatively flat trails in and around the mile-high city. Winding around Cherry Creek and Platte River, runners can take delight in the sights of steel-trestle bridges, artistic murals and ducks out on a swim.
Minimize extra stress on race day by staying at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel (sheraton.com). Located half a mile from the start and finish lines (perfect warm-up and cool-down distance!) and only four blocks from the expo, runners can save their legs for the race. Surrounded by outdoor bistros, microbreweries and funky shops—the hotel provides plenty of options to celebrate your accomplishment.
Build up your energy reserves at the Italian eatery Osteria Marco (osteriamarco.com). Between artisanal pizzas and hot pan inis, you’ll load up on carbs for maximum running spunk. If low-key dining is more your style, hit up Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs (bikerjimsdogs.com). With hot dogs made from exotic meats—reindeer, wild boar and rattlesnake, oh my!—and fun condiments such as wasabi mayo and Coca-Cola-soaked onions, this is the perfect stop for an adventurous bite. ■