DENVER, CO, Sept. 22, 2012 – The 3rd annual Sports Authority Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon & 1/2 Marathon benefiting the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Bike Tour transformed the streets of the Mile High City on Saturday, Sept. 22. Participants started their race this morning in the summer and finished in the fall, thanks to the Autumn Equinox. Andrew Lemoncello of Scotland was first across the finish line in Civic Center Park, covering the 13.1 mile course in 1:06:12, while Rui Aoyama of Japan was crowned the women’s half-marathon winner with a time of 1:14:35.
“I’m just happy to have done well, especially since this is my first race at an altitude,” said Lemoncello, who returned to racing for the first time today since suffering a severe hamstring injury in 2011. “I was putting in some surges early on to see how the competition would respond. I put everything I had into the last hill and luckily I had enough of a break to feed off that and keep the lead. I love Denver – I’m still trying to persuade my wife to move here, it’s really lovely.”
Lemoncello and second place half-marathon winner, Kenyon Neuman (1:06:28), split off from a pack of eight runners around mile 5. At mile 11, Lemoncello broke away and held the lead from there. In the women’s 13.1 mile race, Nuta Olaru, originally from Romania and now a U.S. citizen, placed second for the third year in a row with a time of 1:15:00. Moeno Nakamura was the second women’s runner to cross the finish line, with a time of 1:15:00.
“The women’s race was strong,” said Olaru, “When I started I pushed hard the first 8 miles, but after that (Rui Aoyama) caught me and it was too late. I wanted to run faster, but it’s ok. It’s two weeks before I compete in the TriCities Marathon and then the U.S. Masters Championships so I feel ready for that.”
Abraham Kogo of Kenya placed first in the marathon with a time of 2:27:58 and Mizuho Nasukawa of Japan finished first among the women in 2:37:05. Matt Dewald, who took third place with a time of 2:33:44, lead the opening miles with a one minute lead in front of the lead pack. At mile 16 Kogo caught Dewald, and made a decisive move to secure first place, which he maintained to the finish line.
Dave Scudamore finished in second place in two hours, thirty-two minutes and fifty-eight seconds. Last year’s winner, Chris Siemers, helped pace the women’s marathon third place winner Paige Higgins (2:52:29) earlier on in the race. Siemers, who last year broke the Colorado state marathon record here, ultimately fell back to fourth place, finishing in 2:36:10.
In addition to the notable line up of elite runners, the rest of the participants enjoyed live entertainment and the sounds of local bands playing every mile. The scenic race toured Denver’s beautiful city parks and landmarks before an exciting finish line festival in Civic Center Park. Colorado crowd favorite Trevor Hall energized the post-race celebration as runners and fans gathered at the band stage in Civic Center Park.
Among the crowd of participants was a sea of runners who wore blue and raised more than $50,000 for the fight against prostate cancer through Athletes for a Cure, the fundraising and awareness program of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
For the first time, bicyclists of all skill levels took part in an unprecedented ride at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Bike Tour including Denver Nuggets guard Corey Brewer. The inaugural event welcomed 750 cyclists along 24 miles of the marathon course prior to the start of the race, giving participants a unique opportunity to ride closed streets and enjoy the Rock ‘n’ Roll experience on two wheels. A two-person relay distance was also offered during the race.
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Results – Sports Authority Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Saturday, September 22, 2012
Place, Name, Age, Country, Time, Prize
MEN 1. Abraham Kogo, 32, Kenya, 2:27:58, $1,000 2. Dave Scudamore, 42, Denver, CO, 2:32:58, $500 3. Matt Dewald, 29, Denver, CO, 2:33:44, $250
WOMEN 1. Mizuho Nasukawa, 32, Japan, 2:37:05, $1,000 2. Nicole Chyr, 34, Englewood, CO, 2:51:24, $500 3. Paige Higgins, 30, Littleton, CO, 2:52:29, $250
MEN 1. Andrew Lemoncello, 29, Great Britain, 1:06:12, $1,000 2. Kenyon Neuman, 25, Boulder, CO, 1:06:28, $500 3. Josh Eberly, 31, Gunnison, CO, 1:07:30, $250
WOMEN 1. Rui Aoyama, 23, Japan, 1:14:35, $1,000 2. Nuta Olaru, 42, Romania, 1:15:00, $500 3. Moeno Nakamura, 22, Japan, 1:16:01, $250