August 14, 2017

Upcoming Race: Broncos 7K Series at Bronco Stadium

It’s Monday, and I’m off work and visiting family in New York today – which is wonderful. But while my nephews are napping, I wanted to do a quick check in here.

First, an update on my big 5K race this weekend. Unfortunately, yesterday was not my day to go sub-20 minutes, and I’m bitterly disappointed. I pretty much knew my sub-20 goal was doomed within a few seconds of the start (when the race director welcomed us to “one of the toughest 5Ks in the area”… what?!), but I still thought I could go sub-21 to at least PR. Spoiler: that didn’t happen either 🙁 I will hopefully get a full race report up tomorrow, but in the meantime, I’m already scouring the internet and my calendar for another 5K where I can try again. I’m really upset about how I did, and the sooner I can make up for it, the better.

Although it’s not another 5K, this morning I did sign up for a local Denver race that I’m pretty excited about: the next event in the Broncos 7K series, which finishes right on the 50 yard line at Bronco Stadium!

How cool is this finish line?!

For the Denver race in the series, runners will start at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and head west into the beautiful Sloan’s Lake area. (I’ve run around Sloan’s Lake several times before – the mountain views from there when I ran the 2012 Colfax Marathon were part of what inspired me to move to Colorado.) Then, runners will head back to the stadium, run through the famed Broncos horse head tunnel, and finish on the fifty yard line. It should be a great course!

I copied the course map on the official Broncos 7K website and plugged it into GMap Pedometer to get an idea of the elevation profile. 100 feet of gain in the first mile, but then flat to downhill for the rest.

I had a lot of fun running the Fort Collins event in the Broncos 7K series, and while the course is definitely more challenging than the mostly-flat loop around Anheuser-Busch brewery, I’m hoping that the additional training I’ve put in since then will allow me to beat my previous time of 30:35 (7:01/mile pace). I expect this race to have a much bigger field than its Fort Collins counterpart, but I don’t care about my place in the rankings; I would just like to be under 7:00 pace per mile.

Just like the Broncos 7K that I ran in Fort Collins, this event gives all participants a cool finisher’s medal and Broncos t-shirt (hooray, the perfect option for me to wear during football season!), and also offers photo opps with the Broncos cheerleaders, Miles the Mascot, and all three Broncos Superbowl trophies. At the post-race fit expo, there will also be stadium tours, health screenings, and cool giveaways and prizes, including Broncos merchandise and even game tickets (!).

It should be a fun Labor Day event for the whole family, and I’m excited to hopefully have a few of my Broncos-loving friends join me for the fun. If any of you Colorado locals would like to come join me for the race, visit here to check out the Broncos 7K Series website and get more details. As a bonus, you can take $5 off the entry fee for this race with discount code 50by25DEN! Be sure to comment if you can make it to the race, so we can make plans to meet up after the finish.

As far as my next sub-20 attempt? It won’t be until after this Labor Day race, but I’ll keep you posted on what I decide.

Disclaimer: The Denver Broncos Football Club provided me with a free entry to this race in exchange for featuring it on my blog. However, all opinions expressed and miles run are purely my own 🙂


2 thoughts on “Upcoming Race: Broncos 7K Series at Bronco Stadium”

  1. So I’ll actually be in the Denver area for Labor Day weekend (I’m coming from NYC). I’m not sure how I’ll perform at altitude and I’m aiming for 13 miles on Saturday (plus hiking in RMNP Friday) but this looks like fun! Thanks for the code!

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