Three new records on the books as Colfax Marathon winds down

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DENVER -- Runner Abraham Rutto set a course record of 2:24:34 Sunday as the Colfax Marathon jogged through another year.

Daniel Kipkoech set another course record at the half marathon with a time of 1:04:54, while former women's marathon winner Nicole Chyr broke her own record to win again in 2:57:18.

As usual, the event wreaked havoc on Denver traffic patterns, with some residents and workers along the routes literally unable to get where they wanted to go.

But early indications were that the event ran relatively smoothly in spite of new safety regulations inspired by the attack on the Boston Marathon just more than a month ago.

"It was a very successful event," said Liz Easterly, a spokesperson for the marathon, noting that cooler weather in the morning helped.

Officials began rolling out closures and detours by 3 a.m. Sunday, with some disruptions continuing until afternoon. All restrictions will be gone by Monday morning, planners said.

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