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Our end of Season 5K is this Sunday! Here’s a quick reminder of all of what you need to know to be prepared for race day:
Girls on the Run 5K @ Empower Field (Mile High Stadium)
When: Sunday, November 12th
Where: Empower Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St. — Lot D
Find your color pod and arrival time by school name:
Sabin World School: ORANGE POD - Arrive at 9:00 AM
Schools A - D : PINK POD - Arrive at 9:00 AM
Schools E - K : PURPLE POD - Arrive at 9:30 AM
Schools L - R : GREEN POD - Arrive at 9:30 AM
Schools S - Z : BLUE POD - Arrive at 9:00 AM
A map of the pre and post race area is here. You can find a detailed Course Route / Map here.
Run with us! We encourage you to join in the fun and run, walk, hop or skip the 5K alongside our Girls on the Run participants! This is a great way to accomplish a goal together. Online registration is open until November 8th at 11:59 pm. Registration is $25 online and $30 on race day. Register to run here!
Getting to the race:
Due to the race route, you will NOT be able to access Empower Field at Mile High from Dick Connor Road or the west side of Mile High Circle.
From the North
Take I-25 S to 23rd Street toward 20th Ave..
Keep right to continue onto Mile High Cir. Follow signs for Lots A, B, C.
From the South
Take I-25 N to exit 210C
Continue on 17th Ave
Take Mile High Cir following signs
for Lots A, B, C.
Parking and Transportation
Public Transit is a Great Option: It’s an easy 8 minute walk to the stadium from either station.
Broncos Stadium Station: Take Lines E or W
Decatur-Federal Station: Take Line W
Parking is available in Lots C, B, A on the southeast side of the stadium. From the parking lot, walk west to the top Lot D.
Handicap parking is in Lot G accessible from Mile High Circle on the north side of the stadium. Please have your handicap parking permit visible for entry into this lot.
Girl Bib Pick Up
Coaches will have your daughter’s race bib and give it to the girls on race day. Girls will meet coaches at the Girls on the Run Meet & Greet area located in Lot D at Empower Field. This is also where you should plan to reconnect with your runners after the race! Parents cannot pick up girls’ bibs early.
Registered Parent Bib Pick Up
Beat the Rush: Parents and friends can beat the rush and pick up their bibs on Saturday, November 11th from 10 AM – 3 PM at REI Downtown Denver (1416 Platte St).
Race Day Pick Up: Bib pick up will also be available on race day starting at 8:00 AM. Bibs are organized alphabetically by last name. Find the line that corresponds with your last name.
You WILL NOT be able to pick up your girl’s bib prior. The coach will give girls their bibs on race day.
This is a rain, shine, or snow event! Please dress accordingly. Water will be provided for all runners. We ask that spectators bring their own water.
Please visit our 5K page on our website to find more details!
TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL RACE DAY EXPERIENCE:
Arrive early. It will be crowded and may take a little extra time to find your group.
Meet your team, family and friends at your team sign in the Meet and Greet area before AND after the race.
Runners will be released by waves (noted by a number on your bib). Stay with your team and wait until your wave is called to enter the starting area.
Lay out your clothes the night before. Girls should wear their Girls on the Run t-shirt.
Get up 2 to 3 hours before the race to allow your body time to wake up and digest breakfast. A light breakfast is a great idea: toast, cereal, and bananas are all good choices.
Hydrate well the day before the race. Don’t over hydrate or drink too close to the start of the race because it could cause cramping.
Go to the bathroom before the race (there will be facilities available on site).
Don’t go out too fast. Pace yourself.
Stretch! Breathe! Have fun! You can do it!
Advice From Our Friends at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children
Yesterday our clocks fell back as we ushered in Daylight Savings time. With the change in time, you may notice your families’ sleep is being impacted! Our friends at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children have some great suggestions to ensure adequate sleep for young athletes. “Athletes need an appropriate amount of sleep for optimal health and peak performance,” explains Rachel Brewer, MD, a pediatric sports medicine physician (and Girls on the Run coach) with Rocky Mountain Pediatric OrthoOne. “Research shows that sleep increases speed, accuracy and reaction times in athletes. Additionally, sleeping less than the recommended approximately eight hours each night increases the risk of injury.” To read Dr. Brewer's Tips for Adequate Sleep, visit our latest blog post!