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PFS athletes run Rock-n-Roll Marathon 

Team PFS back row, LR: Jason Neely, Kyli Olson, Naomi Whitty holding Ella Kramer, Angela Pagenkopp, Cody Johnson. Front row: Annalisa Neely, Henry Bourne, Robbie Score, Diana Garcia-Lavigne, Jill Ferris. Photo: Diana Garcia Lavigne

Two PFS relay teams–Lactic Acid Trip and Polar Rock n Rollers–competed in Denver’s1st annual Rock-n-Roll Marathon on Sunday. Jill Ferris ran the half-marathon as well.  

The 26.2-mile course wound through downtown Denver and attracted more than 15,000 entrants, the Denver Post reported

The race benefitted Denver’s Rescue Mission, national cancer charities, and the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. 

Spectators lined the route, encouraging the athletes with ringing bells and encouraging words–but no vuvuzelas, at least that we’ve heard. The long Indian summer we’ve enjoyed in Denver for most of September and October continued on race day; temperatures in the 40s at the race start time of 6 A.M. felt as golden as the trees looked in Civic Center Park, where the race began and ended.

Winners! Jason Neely, Annalisa Neely, Robbie Score, Cody Johnson, and Diana Garcia-Lavigne bask in Denver's sunshine post race. Photo: Diana Garcia-Lavigne Angela Pagenkopp finishes the race for PFS' Lactic Acid Trippers. Photo: Diana Garcia-Lavigne

Around 30 bands performed on stages set up along the course. Semisonic, the Minneapolis-based band best known for its late-90’s hit, “Closing Time,” performed at the finish line. 

“It was an amazing day and very fun,” Diana wrote in an email. “Everyone either met or exceeded their expected pace.”  Keep on truckin’ PFS!–Kip Rithner

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