3 Events To Challenge Your Fitness This Spring

Colorado has endless activities that require physical fitness and strength.  Here are three events that you can complete to test your physical fitness and mental toughness this May.  We have you covered from 10ks to Marathons to Obstacle Course Races.  Read below and don't be afraid to ask the MuvLab staff if you have any questions regarding one of the races.

1. Spartan Super and Sprint - Saturday and Sunday May 13 & 14th
The Spartan Race weekend at Fort Carson has become a MuvLab member and staff favorite.  Last year we had over 40 people race on Saturday and Sunday.  If you want more than a traditional 5-10k or 1/2 Marathon to challenge your fitness, Spartan Race will be a good choice.  You will be challenged both physically and mentally but the satisfaction is worth it! 

Super: 8-10 Miles, 24-29 Obstacles, 80 minutes Fastest Time
The Reebok Spartan Super: This is our middle distance course. With a longer distance than the Sprint and more obstacles, the Super will test your endurance, perseverance and grit. The 8-10 Mile Super packs more than 25 Signature Spartan Obstacles through tougher and more rugged terrain.

Sprint: 3-5 Miles, 20-23Obstacles, 40 minutes Fastest Time
The Reebok Spartan Sprint: This is our shortest distance. It is perfect for athletes of all levels; from Spartan first timers to seasoned racers. The 3-5 Mile Sprint may be our shortest distance but it packs more than 20 Signature Spartan Obstacles. If you think you can’t do it, you’re wrong. Get to the starting line and show yourself what you are capable of.

2. Colfax Marathon, Half Marathon and Urban 10 Miler - Saturday and Sunday May 20th & 21st
One of the most popular spring races in Denver, the Colfax Marathon is the kick off to summer endurance season.  A full marathon may be a bit ambitious for some in May but you can set a great foundation for summer running by completing the 1/2 or 10 miler.  Want to have a little more fun? Complete a relay race on the Marathon course on a 5 person team!

Marathon:
It’s the Ultimate Urban Tour of Denver.  Start and finish in Denver’s City Park. Run through Mile High Stadium – home of the Denver Broncos – twice! Run through Denver Fire Station #1, along seven miles of rivers, lakes and bridges – including Sloan’s Lake. Race through eclectic neighborhoods, historic Lakewood, the bustle of Colfax Avenue, and downtown Denver – with views of the majestic Rocky Mountains!
26.2 miles at 5,280 feet elevation? This is one for the bucket list. The Colfax Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier race.

Half Marathon:
Fast, flat and shady, the Colfax Half Marathon is the only race to run through Denver Zoo! Denver’s springtime half marathon takes runners on a one mile trek through the zoo, through historic neighborhoods, on eclectic Colfax, and through the Aurora Arts District & Aurora Fire Station #1.  The LIVE Colorado Firefighter Calendar will cheer you on at Mile 11 – a runner favorite.   Great mountain views along the way – and then a terrific after party in City park!

Urban 10 Miler:
Run the final 10 miles of the Colfax Marathon course! The Urban 10 Miler features an epic Mile High Stadium run-through. Downtown Denver. Confluence and Cherry Creek, 17th Avenue to City Park – and one big afterparty. Sleep in, because you get a later start time – and it’s a staggered start from Rocky Mountain College of Arts and Design (RMCAD), filtering runners one by one into the ongoing marathon. If you’re looking for a challenge at a shorter distance, this is the race for you.

Relay:
What’s better than running 26.2 miles through the Mile High City? Sharing the miles with friends! Get a team of five to run Denver’s only 26.2 mile Marathon Relay. We have 3 divisions in the Relay: Open, Corporate Cup, and Government Cup. See the great sites of the Mile High City on each leg – from Mile High Stadium to the Confluence, Sloan’s Lake, downtown, or the neighborhoods around Colfax – which one will you run?

3. Bolder Boulder 10k - Monday, May 29th
The most popular race in the state of Colorado takes place in Boulder, CO on Memorial day each year.  It's so popular that Runner's World names the Bolder Boulder America's All Time Best 10k.

Almost 1.2 million runners, joggers, walkers and spectators of all ages have gathered over the years to create a spectacle that defies description. Olympic medal winners and hopefuls, grandmothers and kids, running enthusiasts and one-race-a-year guests from all over the world come together at the foot of the Rocky Mountains to form one of the sport’s truly unique events. Each year we host 50,000+ participants and 70,000+ spectators at Folsom Field for what we like to call the biggest and best Memorial Day celebration on earth.

Whether you're looking to get down and dirty at the Spartan Race, run the streets of Denver ending with a party in City Park or join in on one of the biggest Memorial Day celebrations in the country, Colorado has you covered this spring. If you have any questions regarding training for these events talk with the MuvLab staff.  We will also be addressing endurance training in future posts.