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Posted: October 19, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

(RWire) Athletics: 2009 Denver Marathon Rocks the Mile High City

By: Trish Bennett

Race draws strong local talent and nearly 10,000 participants; part of Rock 'n' Roll Series in 2010

DENVER - (October 18, 2009) - The Denver Marathon, the largest marathon event in Colorado, celebrated its fourth edition on Sunday morning in the Mile High City, including a marathon, a half-marathon, ING Marathon Relay and the McDonald's Mile Kids Race. Nearly 10,000 runners competed in all events over the course of race weekend with the many of the top place winners representing all areas of Colorado. More than 700 participants represented a dozen charity programs selected by the Denver Marathon raising more than $200,000 for their organizations.

In the marathon, a local Coloradan from Arvada, Chris Siemers, 28, led the men's field in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 3 seconds. The defending champion Jynocel Basweti, 22, of Kenya placed second in 2:23:56. Another Colorado resident Andrew Smith, 33, from Denver, took third (2:28:35).

"I had settled for second place, and was more worried about being caught by third," said Siemers. "At mile 24, I saw my friend Mike Aish (winner 2008 P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon), and he said to me you can catch him, go for it. I threw down my sunglasses and put my head down and went for it. I caught him at 26 so I'm obviously very happy to have come here and won."

In the women's marathon, Holly McIlvaine, 36, of Seattle, WA finished first in 3:00:26, while Ashley Anderson, 25, from Denver was second in 3:03:03 and Jeanne Cooper, 31, from Eagle, CO third (3:05:42).

In the half-marathon, Matt Levassiur, from Alamosa, CO took first in 1:08:05, and Justin Young, 30, of Superior, CO was runner-up in 1:08:59 with Kennett Kiptoo of Kenya, 29, third (1:10:13).

Peris Chumba, 21, of Kenya led the female half-marathon division with her 1:18:53. Cynthia Lauren Arnold, 25, of Glenwood Springs, CO finished second in 1:21:50 and rounding out the top three was Elle Pishny, 24, of Durham, NC in 1:23:07.

ING Four Person Relay
The first place marathon relay team was a Mixed team, Bells Running, from Greeley, CO with a time of 2:30:29. The top Men's team was The GVI Group from Denver in 2:39:40. The Four UPS, all from the Denver Metro area, placed first in the Corporate division with their 3:15:43. The Women's division top relay team was CU Buffettes, all from Denver, in 3:01:28.

McDonald's Mile Kids Race
The McDonald's Mile Kids Race had more than 1,200 participants in its one-mile fun-run and other younger races to promote balanced active lifestyles in the state of Colorado. Ronald McDonald kicked off the event with a stretching and fitness session to prepare for the McDonald's Mile Kids Race.

The course highlighted the cultural diversity of Denver's communities by incorporating a mix of urban neighborhoods, shopping and restaurant districts, city parks and residential areas. The race course, certified by USA Track & Field and a Boston Marathon qualifier, was flat and had little to no elevation change.

"Today signified what the sport of running is all about - dedication, commitment and perfect Colorado weather, which made for an amazing running event in the great state of Colorado," said Anton Villatoro, Founder and Executive Director of the Denver Marathon. "Today, we celebrated with the 10,000 athletes who participated in our event and encourage everyone to start training for the first Rock 'n' Roll Denver Marathon in the Fall of 2010. See you at next year's finish line."

The Competitor Group announced Friday that the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series will officially add the Denver Marathon to its schedule of races for next year. The event will host the Rock 'n' Roll Denver Marathon, Half-Marathon and the ING Marathon Relay in the Fall of 2010.

With the addition of the Denver event, there will now be thirteen Rock 'n' Roll Marathons and Half-Marathons in 2010. Each event creates a running "block party" with live bands performing at every mile, cheerleaders encouraging runners throughout the race, themed water stations and a post-event concert featuring a headlining act. For more information about the Rock 'n' Roll Denver Marathon, visit:

4th Denver Marathon
Denver, CO, Sunday, October 18, 2009

1) Chris Siemers (CO), 2:23:03, $2000
2) Jynocel Basweti (KEN), 2:23:56, $1000
3) Andrew Smith (CO), 2:28:35, $500

1) Holly McIlvaine (WA), 3:00:26, $2000
2) Ashley Anderson (CO), 3:03:03, $1000
3) Jeanne Cooper (CO), 3:05:42, $500

4th Denver Half-Marathon
1) Matt Levassiur (CO), 1:08:05, $1000
2) Justin Young (CO), 1:08:59, $500
3) Kennett Kiptoo (KEN), 1:10:13, $250

1) Peris Chumba (KEN), 1:18:53, $1000
2) Cynthia Lauren Arnold (CO), 1:21:50, $500
3) Elle Pishny (NC), 1:23:07, $250

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