DENVER — The Colfax Marathon attracts round 20,000 runners to their seven completely different distances, making it Denver’s largest race.
In 2006 and 2007, the Colfax Marathon hosted the Nationwide Wheelchair Championships, so push rim wheelchairs had been allowed on the half and full marathon. In 2008, the course was modified as a result of runners didn’t wish to pay to run straight up Colfax for 26.2 miles, and the marathon was shedding cash with the course.
From 2008 to the current 12 months, push rim wheelchair athletes had numerous choices, starting from the 5K, the half marathon, or each.
This 12 months, one Para athlete is taking up the total Colfax Marathon as a pilot program, to see if extra Para athletes may take part within the race sooner or later.
“You actually must take a tough have a look at security. So, what we wish to do is see, how does this work this 12 months?” stated Andrea Dowdy, CEO of the Colfax Marathon. “We don’t promise something for subsequent 12 months or the 12 months after, however we’re actually trying arduous at what that appears like.”
The Para athlete collaborating within the full Colfax Marathon this 12 months is Julia Beckley. She says there will probably be difficult components of the course, like making hairpin turns or steep uphill and downhill areas. However for Beckley, it’s not a couple of end line.
“That is my journey. Nobody else must resolve the way it appears,” Beckley stated. “It seems like there’s goal and which means and it issues.”
Beckley helps practice younger Para athletes how one can race as nicely. A kind of athletes is Dyhlani Perez, who’s a senior at Yuma Excessive Faculty and a member of the monitor group. Perez was in a automotive accident final 12 months, the place she broke her neck, again, and femur. She was within the hospital for round a month, and docs estimate she’s going to regain mobility in about two years.
“It was heartbreaking,” Perez stated. “I felt I wasn’t a part of the group anymore. I felt forgotten. It was scary to return to high school and know that no one had seen me in months.”
Beckley started serving to Perez practice to race in a wheelchair, bringing again the adrenaline the highschool senior missed. To see her coach compete within the full Colfax Marathon is an inspiration for Perez.
“You don’t notice how restricted and restricted the world is in relation to Para athletes,” Perez stated. “The truth that any individual I do know could make a distinction is so reachable.”
The Colfax Marathon will happen on Might 14 and Might 15.