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Olympian Alan Culpepper leads Rock 'n' Roll Denver fun run April 30

Runners at the start of the 2011 Rock 'n' Roll Denver Marathon and 1/2 Marathon.
Runners at the start of the 2011 Rock 'n' Roll Denver Marathon and 1/2 Marathon.
K. Bogin

Two-time Olympian Alan Culpepper will lead a free fun run near Denver's Cherry Creek Mall on Monday, April 30. The 4-mile run will help kickoff a new partnership between the Sports Authority Rock 'n' Roll Denver Marathon and 1/2 Marathon and the Prostate Cancer Foundation's Athletes for a Cure program.

"It is always a pleasure to get out and run with folks at function such as these because there is always a diverse cross section of abilities, ages, types of events they are getting ready for etc," said Culpepper. "It is fun to hear what people are training for, their goals and my pleasure to answer any questions that can help them along."

Culpepper was a star runner at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and qualified for the U.S. Olympic team in the 10,000 meters in 2000 and the marathon in 2004. He's also won numerous national championships, placed fourth at the Boston Marathon in 2005 and is in the Colorado Running Hall of Fame.

Culpepper joined the Competitor Group in 2010, and now designs many of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and 1/2 marathon race courses, including the one in Denver. He now mostly runs for fun, and says he rarely misses the competitive side of the sport.

"Fortunately, I really felt like I got the most out of myself and aside from just a handful of races I left it all out there," Culpepper explained. "Maybe on a run when I am feeling particularly good I have a moment of wishing I was still super fit and racing but quickly it turns back to being thankful that I can just run for the pure enjoyment of it."

If you want to run with Culpepper and help celebrate the Athletes for a Cure program, come to the Sports Authority Elite store at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center on Monday, April 30. The free fun run will start at 6:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the event.

Spots are still available for people interested in running the Sports Authority Rock 'n' Roll Denver Marathon or 1/2 Marathon on Sept. 22, or participating in the inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Denver Bike Tour.

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