DENVER -- Thousands of runners filled the streets of Denver on Sunday for the sixth annual Rock ‘N’ Roll Denver marathon and half-marathon.
Thousands of others took advantage of the warm weather, lining the streets to show their support for the athletes.
For the 15,000 participants, each step was met with praise, every mile found applause. Running through the streets of Denver is rarely this supportive.
“Good job. Good job. Good job,” an onlooker was heard yelling.
“You get a boost of energy at every stop," said runner Ashley Aghayan, who finds inspiration in the most random of faces. “I just pretend they are cheering for me and they are my family and I’m like, gosh all of you guys are here for me."
For others like Roger Lamontagne, who showed up to cheer on his wife in her first half-marathon, it's about showing support for the ones you love.
“Hey, there she is,” he said while ringing a cowbell.
Lamontagne jum,ped on the course to check on her.
If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes an army to run the Rock ‘N’ Roll Denver marathon and half=marathon and the marchers found the beat.
“The high-fives from the kids,” one runner said of her favorite part of the course.
“You can do it, one more mile,” a volunteer yells to the runners.
Local bands played at each mile. Runners said it was really motivating to hear the music.
The marathon also had a new route this year, with the starting line in Adams County while still finishing in Civic Center Park. Organizers said that was because of permitting issues with the city.