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Rock 'n' Roll Denver Marathon 2012 partners with Prostate Cancer Foundation

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On Monday the Competitor Group officially announced a new partnership between the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Sports Authority Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon and ½ Marathon.

This year runners can fundraise with the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Athlete’s for a Cure program to help support prostate cancer research and awareness.

Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy will be the Athlete’s for a Cure honorary team captain. “Losing my father to prostate cancer was one of the most difficult challenges I have faced both personally and professionally,” said Tracy. “The Sports Authority Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon and ½ Marathon is an opportunity for men and their families to learn about the disease that took my father’s life and will continue to take the lives of over 28,000 fathers, husbands, brothers and sons this year alone.”

Runners who sign up to fundraise with Athlete’s for a Cure can earn some incredible race day perks including an entry into the event, a team uniform, a pair of Newton Running shoes and hundreds of dollars in travel gift cards.

Two-time Olympian Alan Culpepper now works for The Competitor Group and helped design the Sports Authority Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon and ½ Marathon courses. “The Denver course is great and one that really highlights the beauty of Denver,” he said.

And while he admits that racing at altitude can be a challenge, he hopes it won’t stop people who live at sea level from coming to Denver to race with Athlete’s for a Cure.

“If you are diligent about your hydration when you first arrive and your pacing on race day than you can have a great experience,” said Culpepper. “The key is recognizing that your pace will be affected and plan accordingly. Effort should be the guide when determining pace.”

Culpepper is leading a 4-mile Fun Run on Monday, April 30, at 6:00 p.m. at the Sports Authority Elite store located at the Cherry Creek Mall. The event is free and open to the public.

Check here to register for the Sports Authority Rock 'n' Roll Denver Marathon and 1/2 Marathon on September 22.