November is usually the least exciting month on our race calendar, but that changed when we received a request from the Denver Nuggets to support their first 5k. Although we only had two and a half weeks to prepare for this race, our athletes still managed to post great results.
The class and professionalism that was displayed at the Nuggets’ inaugural Run to the Rim 5k was very impressive. It was obvious that their team knew how to handle a large event because safety was a top priority. Their safety team and paramedics were the first group that our runners seen while making their way from the Camry Parking Lot. Pre-race entertainment was top notch with live performances from the Drumline, Cheerleaders, and Rocky the Mascot was there to get us pumped for the race!
The Run to the Rim course was fast and flat, toured through the Auraria Campus, and finished inside of the Pepsi Center. Jimmy Scavuzzo won the men’s division in 16:44 and our women secured the top 6 finishing positions: Sophie Galleher first in 18:11, Stephanie Milici second 18:18, Amy DeSeyn 18:38, Karina Sanchez made her DTC debut in 19:12, Jen Riat fifth 19:29, and Jacquelyn Myrin 6th in 20:14! William Scavuzzo got a top-10 finish in 19:55, Ellen Downing and Kiera Pelletier both finished in the top-20 during their tempo run. Run to the Rim 5k Official Results
Runners were treated to a mountain of pizza and loads of Coors beer as soon as they entered the beer garden. The event was quite small and was held during unseasonably warm weather, so the Nuggets may want to relocate the post race celebration indoors next year–this event has a lot of potential!
Outside from a few small teething issues, the Run to the Rim 5k has what it takes to become a staple in the Denver running community and we are excited to support the Nuggets’ future racing efforts. Great work #TeamDenver!