Half Marathon Course Overview

New for 2024!   We have a new zoo mile – which features new areas such as the Flamingo Habitat and Harmony Hill with fun bears… And the highlight – runners will be some of the first to see the new Down Under exhibit with kangaroos, wallabies, and more.   Runners will also have wider paths through this zoo mile.    And more – Half marathoners will be on Speer after running through Denver Fire #1, eliminating merging on the bike path. and offering great views of downtown, the dancing aliens at the DCPA and a birds eye view of the bike path.  And – the last miles of the half now have dedicated lanes – separate from the marathon course for a streamlined home stretch.

Details –

A runner favorite, the new course keeps the epic mile in Denver Zoo, a once a year chance for you to be watched by rhinos, elephants, camels, monkeys, tigers, lions, rhinos, hippos, and more.  The NEW zoo mile detailed map will be posted this winter/spring.

You’ll experience vibrant Colfax with iconic spots like VooDoo Donuts, Colfax local shops, and Cathedral Basilica.   Stellar mountain views abound as you head downtown.   The course also takes you by the Capitol, Civic Center Park, 16th Street Mall, and the Convention Center.  While you’re running through downtown, you’ll run through Denver Fire Station #1 and get high-fives by a row of firefighters. This is the only race in the country with a fire station run-through!

The homestretch will be running along 17th Avenue, passing restaurants and historic buildings, before entering Denver’s beautiful City Park for a great after party on the lake with over 20,000 new friends.

Check out your highlights mile by mile (approximate):

  • 1st – 3rd Mile – City Park – Lake, Fountains, Statues, Tennis Pavilions, Golf Course
  • 4th Mile – Denver Zoo
  • 4th – 5th Mile – Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Historic Montview Blvd
  • 6th Mile – Denver Museum Nature Science, Lake-side, Pavilion
  • 7th  Mile – Eclectic Colfax – Lion’s Lair, Pete’s Kitchen, Voodoo Doughnuts, Fillmore Theater
  • 8th Mile – Colfax – Cathedral Basilica, Capitol, Civic Center Park, Firestation run-through
  • 9th Mile –  Convention Center, Lawrence, 16th Street Mall Crossover
  • 10th Mile – 17th Street Business District, heart of the city
  • 11th -12th Mile – 17th Avenue – boutique restaurants, bars, classic architecture
  • 13th Mile – Old Denver neighborhoods, homestretch into City Park

Denver Zoo - 1 mile detailed map

For the detailed map of the route in Denver Zoo and the animals you passed Click Here


Elevation Map

Click here to see the elevation map