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Race : Platte River Half Marathon  
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Platte River Half Marathon
Denver, CO
Runners: 3,000
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* Ratings based on 20 responses.

Comments from runners.


This is probably my 5th or 6th race with you, combined 1/2 and relay. It has always been an easy event in terms of parking, running, connecting with relayers and the post race food is awesome!! I am now in the 55-59 female age group. Since 1994, I have probably run about 40-50 1/2s. Never to place but to finish close to 2 hours, and never walk. This year, I placed 3rd in my age group in this race. I never go to the "medal announcements" with the assumption that I would not place, content with my goal to finish...so I found this out when the emails were sent out. This is probably silly, but if there is a "recognition" to third place in an age category that I missed by not being there, I would be grateful to be included.

- N.B. from Denver, CO
Race Year: 2017 | Added: April 27, 2017


Fun race, enjoyable course. Our daughter had leukemia so it is for a great cause supporting L&L.

- J.D. from Parker, CO
Race Year: 2017 | Added: April 24, 2017


I was bummed there were no Age Group awards given at the event.

- J.C. from Pueblo, Colorado
Race Year: 2017 | Added: April 24, 2017


The race is a great tune-up ahead of a spring marathon; or just a good training goal coming out of winter. The course is progressively downhill along the river, it is well marked and easy to follow, and they have just the right amount of runners so it isn't overcrowded nor do you find yourself running alone. Plenty of bathrooms at the start line, aid stations are well placed, the gear bag process is super simple, and they start and finish along a lightrail line (and provide a free train pass) so logistics are super easy. And, best of all, the post-party is terrific: amazing food courtesy of the Buckhorn Exchange, you get a commemorative pint glass, and some great vendors setup. The uphill at mile 12.5 is a bit cruel, but you get the downhill side of it to catapult you to the finish, so it all evens out. This is becoming a race that I have to do every year.

- B.H. from Golden, CO
Race Year: 2017 | Added: April 24, 2017


The train ticket back to start is great but a ticket from Mineral Station to the start line would be great too. Or let us on train because of the race bib All in all after many years of running this race it is still fun and a great value!

- D.G. from Littleton, CO
Race Year: 2017 | Added: April 24, 2017


2017 was my 4th time doing the Platte. I come back every year because it is so well-organized and so dang fun!

- D.W. from Colorado Springs, CO
Race Year: 2017 | Added: April 24, 2017


My one comment would be regarding the 'contact us' form. It appears that no one responded to my original inquiry and my follow up to it. Hopefully in the future you can have someone manage that with prompt responses. Suggest option to be able to replace relay member should the original member get injured, sick, etc. The new member can sign the waiver like everyone else and still be able to complete the relay team.

- S.Y. from Englewood, CO
Race Year: 2017 | Added: April 24, 2017


I ran this race last year as well and I have to say I was VERY disappointed by the finish line this year. No runner should EVER have to finish a race and not have access to water. The way you set up the swimming pools of water, all attendees had access to the water. This meant that spectators heading to the finish line were helping themselves to the water as well. My friend and I had to walk all the way to the Muscle Milk tent before there was a pool with water. THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE. We were not by far the slowest people so its not like you just ran out for the late runners. You should be ashamed that this happened. In addition, the food was running out as well because non-runners were eating. They had run out of mac and cheese and if you are not a meat eater, or you simply didn't want a huge burger after you ran that was the only option. I paid A LOT of money for this race and trained my butt off, I expect more. Lastly, I felt the quality of the shirts were MUCH lower this year. In fact, the iron on design on my shirt bled through to the back of the shirt and I had to peel it apart, leaving the design damaged. I know I was not the only one that thought this because we saw several on the course as throw away shirts, you rarely see the current race shirt being a cold weather throw away unless they are really cheap. I know races are expensive to operate and I am sure it was not your intention, but the quality of your race has diminished. I will have to really think twice about running again. I truly hope that you address these matters and know that I was not the only one experiencing them. There were lots of runners around me who expressed the same frustration. Half Marathons are popping up everywhere in Colorado these days and I would hate to see you lose runners because of quality. On a positive note I loved the glass this year compared to last years and although the beer line was insanely long, they were moving people through quickly.

- S.H. from Denver, CO
Race Year: 2017 | Added: April 24, 2017


Food was good and plenty of it. Appreciated the veggi burgers. Restaurant staff was very helpful. Aid stations were friendly and accommodating.

- E.Y. from Lakewood, CO
Race Year: 2017 | Added: April 24, 2017


I have only done 2 different half-marathons ever, but have been involved with this one for about the past 8 years or so, either as a participant or a volunteer. I like that you're running on paved paths, but not really roads, and think the post-party is really good. Getting home on the light rail was really easy too. I also liked the delayed starts for the waves this year- it helped with the spacing. My only concern is usually the parking at the start- but I just try to get there early enough to park in the light rail lot. It was also harder to find bottled water at the finish this year. But overall, I think it's a great race to participate in.

- J.M. from Denver, CO
Race Year: 2017 | Added: April 24, 2017


Good course. Some unexpected and welcomed shade on the second half of the course. The final hill is big of a shock, especially on tired legs, but survivable.

- D.H. from Erie, CO
Race Year: 2017 | Added: April 9, 2017


Love this race, it is great the only problem is the climb over I-25. I have run some disney races and make platte river a must each year

- B.K. from Denver, CO
Race Year: 2014 | Added: October 25, 2016


Logistics were easy, and the post-race refreshments were great!

- C.C. from Little Rock, AR
Race Year: 2016 | Added: May 1, 2016


Great race - well supported/organized - even medical support on bikes during the race - best after race party!

- M.P. from Centennial, CO
Race Year: 2016 | Added: April 29, 2016


This is such a well run race with a great after party.

- J.D. from Lakewood, CO
Race Year: 2014 | Added: April 28, 2016


That final overpass was tough...in a good way! I loved this race. It's my new favorite!

- J.D. from Thornton, CO
Race Year: 2016 | Added: April 28, 2016


Was very disappointed with the problems with the starting mats and no compensation for this what so ever. The race itself was done well and the crowds on the trails were handled much better then previous years.

- B.B. from Aurora, CO
Race Year: 2016 | Added: April 28, 2016


The most fabulous race of all.

- S.A. from Littleton, CO
Race Year: 2016 | Added: April 28, 2016


An extremely well planned event...great course, great volunteers, fun party, great race directors...would recommend everyone experience it....

- K.M. from Hot springs, AR
Race Year: 2014 | Added: September 22, 2015


What a great race! It is well organized and who wouldn't dash to the finish for all of the great food and party atmosphere. I have paid a whole lot more for a 1/2 marathon and when I crossed the finish line to find only a smattering of rotten bananas as a reward. The volunteers are friendly and do a great job of cheering you on. I love this race!

- J.H. from Littleton, CO
Race Year: 2014 | Added: September 14, 2015


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