With Denver's season-opener just a week away, the Broncos played host to the Back to Football 7k at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sunday morning. (All images from Allie Raymond)
DENVER** – The Denver Broncos hosted their third-annual Back to Football 7k at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday morning.
The race coincided with the Broncos' inaugural Health and Wellness Expo brought to Mile High by UCHealth, 24 Hour Fitness, and Children's Hospital Colorado, where fans and participants could explore healthy options from local and national vendors as well as health screening and tests. The expo is part of the Broncos' Health & Wellness initiative, a year-round program that aims to educate Broncos fans on the importance of physical fitness and nutrition.
But during the main event sponsored by Sports Authority, 9news, UCHealth, Children's Hospital Colorado, 24 Hour Fitness, Grease Monkey and Buffalo Wild Wings, participants of the 7k brought their 'A' game. There were several standouts that ran through the tunnel and finished on the field. A 10-year old runner wowed the crowd sitting in the stadium when he finished in 30:50, and right after him, a 9-year old girl finished in 32:45.
Some runners were decked to the nines in Broncos gear and face paint, while some strapped GoPros to their heads to relive each step. One runner got cheers from the crowd when he crossed the finish line pushing a double stroller with two children inside.
Following the race, participants headed out to the Sports Legends Mall for some food, water and beer to celebrate their accomplishments to music from a live band. Many of the participants returned after participating in the race last year while others used the race to help prep for marathons.
"It's pretty well set up and there's a lot of runners and it makes it a lot more fun when there's a lot of runners out," said runner Patrick Biebersmith, who wore a GoPro attached to his forehead. "It keeps you motivated to keep moving."