Denver 5K on the Runway – We Made History

Thank you to all that came and were the first to run the runway at Denver International Airport!

2500 Runners were the first to run down the Runway at Denver International Airport!  Runners made history in Denver, and enjoyed a great party before and after the race at the United Airlines Hangar.   This sold out event gave all runners a once in a lifetime experience.  



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Runner Photos

Your runner photos will be here when photos are ready a couple days post race!

Please note – due to weather and cloud cover and therefore darkness, there are fewer runner photos than normal.   Fast runners (congrats on being fast!) may not receive a photo if you finished in the dark.   Hopefully most other runners will have at least one photo.

We love the photos you’ve posted on social media – we’ve seen some great ones on-course, as well as of the United 777 engine and Finish display in the hangar.   And some of the airplanes landing/taking off overhead!

Great fun - awesome party - sunrise

Grab your aviators and be your own pilot down a Denver Runway at sunrise.  That was the feel at this unique morning!  Spectacular mountain and airport views. Party after the race in the United Airlines Hangar. Breakfast and live music. Awesome runway-themed shirt, aviators, and hefty airplane medal.

Runners celebrated the first time running the runway! 

Runway Fun and Memorabilia

Antique silver Airplane medal (pictured) , On-Course Runner photos, aviators, live music, and breakfast.

Overall Winners (top 3 men and 3 women) each receive an acrylic trophy, a United Airlines United Club 1-year membership, and a DEN (Denver International Airport) framed picture. The awards ceremony is onstage at 7:15am. Age Group winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd) will be announced at that time, and will go to the Denver Colfax Marathon tent to receive their gifts.
1st place male and female in each age group will also receive 5,000 United Miles!

Commemorative tri-blend race shirt in a full sized image!

Parking is free and near the Start/Finish.


Update – Registration day we extended this First 500 promotion to the evening – and sold out in 13 hours. So all runners received aviators!!  You’ll fit right in with the pilot crew wearing these branded aviators like you see in the movies.

Takeoff with United Airlines

We are excited to welcome Denver’s largest airline as our presenting sponsor. United hosted the Post Race Party in their hangar with breakfast, music, and some stunning views! This is a must for runners and aviation fans alike!

Safety, Logistics, and Security

For the safety and security of all runners at the airport there are a few rules.  Runners must be 8 years or older.  No strollers or small children.  No dogs.  No spectators.  Runners must have a photo ID.  Runners may only have a fanny pack, light jacket, car keys, and a phone.  No gear check.

Great news – free parking by the Start/Finish.

Partnering with Denver International Airport

Denver International Airport (DEN) has teamed up with the Denver Colfax Marathon to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a sunrise 5K run on one of DEN’s six runways.

“This is the first time in the airport’s history that we have held an event like this on the airfield,” said DEN CEO Phil Washington. “We are excited to offer this unique experience for the community to see DEN from a different perspective while enjoying the beauty of our airport and the surrounding landscape.”

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors: