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AARP CO Life Reimagined 1/2 Marathon Contest

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Have you dreamed of running a ½ marathon, but don’t know how to start?  Are you a creative writer and willing to share your experience?  Then check out our Life Reimagined ½ Marathon Contest!  Enter and win the chance to have your entrance fee paid for the Colfax ½  Marathon!  * Winner will receive an entrance to the Colfax ½ marathon, a one on one session and have a personalized gait analysis with UberSense and unlimited email access to a running coach February 9, 2015 to Race Day.  The  winner will be invited to weekly run groups with coaches for 30 to 60 minutes.   In return, we ask that you share your experience weekly by submitting 100-250 word article.  How do you enter?  Submit an essay to by February 6, 2015 and explain why you want to train and run a ½ marathon.  You’re essay will be judged based on creativity and writing skills.

Who’s Eligible?

Individuals 50 or above that are legal residents who live within the Denver Metro Area

The Winner will receive:

  • Their entrance fee paid for the ½ marathon.
  •  They will receive a one on one and have a personalized gait analysis with UberSense.
  •  They will have unlimited email access to running coach February 9, 2015 to Race Day.
  • An opportunity to live out a life-long dream.

Details about the ½ Marathon:

Welcome to the urban jungle!  The Colfax Half Marathon is the only race to run through Denver Zoo!

The 13.1 mile Colfax Half Marathon is the only race with a wild one mile run through Denver Zoo.  Runners may wonder who's watching who in the zoo: the monkeys, mountain sheep, elephants and the rhino really get a kick out of the race. Enjoy fast, flat and shady boulevards in Denver's historic Park Hill neighborhood - and the favorite run through Aurora Fire Station #1. Along the way, enjoy some quintessentially Colorado entertainment.

Runner Perks

Runners will receive:

  • Tech shirts,
  • Finisher medals you'll want to frame and hang above your mantle,
  • Pace Groups on race day
  • Free runner tracking on Facebook, Twitter or by text message
  •  Virtual goody bags with offers from Colfax Half Marathon sponsors and partners - and  Race Afterparty and Beer Garden lakeside in City Park with free beer and barbecue

Easy Packet Pick Up

The Colfax Marathon Health & Fitness Expo has expanded! Pick up your Expo Passport and check off the must-do's: pick up your packet, race shirt and beer tickets. Find out about pace groups, parking, and all the nitty gritty details.


Hydration Stations Every 2 Miles

Amazing volunteers man the aid stations supplied with water and Gatorade every 2 miles - and these are the spots you'll find porta-potties, too.  Clif Shot gels is waiting at mile 6.

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Check out the running coach!  Rich Kalasky


Rich Kalasky has been the Manager of the Colfax Marathon Health and Fitness Expo since 2011 and Manager of the Brand Ambassador Team since starting it in 2012. Initially 15 members, the Brand Ambassador Team has grown to over 38 members for our 10th Anniversary 2015 Event. Rich also manages race day Bag Check at City Park.

After moving from Atlanta to Colorado in 2006 to start a new, healthy lifestyle, he lost his first 100 pounds in just 12 months. After completing more than 10 marathons, including the 2013 Boston Marathon, he decided to train and compete in triathlon. He has completed more than eight 70.3 events, 4 Ironman races, and multiple sprint and Olympic distance triathlons.

Rich is a certified personal trainer, Level 1 USAT Triathlon Coach, RRCA Run Coach, Newton Running Certified run specialist, and Good Form Running Gait Analysis specialist. Rich races for TriBike Transport and Kompetitive Edge. He works with athletes on proper form, strength, and functional training for all levels.

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