The Broncos hosted the inaugural Stadium Challenge on Saturday as part of the team's Health and Wellness platform. The event featured an obstacle course, 5K run and post-race music festival. (Photos by Aric DiLalla)
DENVER – **The Denver Broncos welcomed more than 1,500 fans on Saturday to the inaugural Stadium Challenge, which featured a 5K race, an obstacle course, a variety of interactive games and a post-race music festival.
The event, which was held in partnership with 24 Hour Fitness, Children's Hospital Colorado and UCHealth, was designed to help make Broncos fans the healthiest in the NFL, Director of Business Development Jon Carlson said.
"[Our] expectations are just to have people come out, experience different ways to lead a healthy lifestyle through different fitness and Zumba and music and just enjoy life," Carlson said.
Three other events will be held over the course of the offseason to promote the Broncos' health and wellness platform. A 7K race will be held at the stadium over the Labor Day weekend, while a health and wellness expo and digital 45-day challenge are also in the works.
The 5K gave fans the chance to run through Sports Authority Field at Mile High, as the course went through the stadium's south deck, ramps and 500 level.
"It's great to just come out here and have some fun with the fans and see people that love fitness and love to compete," Davis said.
Though all participants received a Broncos Stadium Challenge T-shirt – as well as branded drawstring bags and sunglasses – many of the fans in attendance dressed up in their finest Broncos apparel.
Mandy Gardner wore a homemade Broncos' T-shirt and a tutu made of strips of blue and orange fabric. She was one of many who said the event joined her love of running with her love for the Broncos.
"I love the Broncos," Gardner said, "[and] the event just sounded really exciting. It's a cool combination of events: the obstacle course and the running."