2024 Partnership Will Include Race Photos for Runners


Denver, CO – The Denver Colfax Marathon, presented by Cigna Healthcare, is partnering with CommonSpirit Health in Colorado to offer runners more resources throughout the race season. This new collaboration will give registered runners complimentary race day photos during the May 2024 marathon weekend.

“CommonSpirit’s support has allowed the marathon to continue its long-standing tradition of gifting runners memorable race day photos,” said Andrea Dowdy, CEO of the Denver Colfax Marathon. “The on course and finish line photos are a keepsake and a powerful reminder that runners achieved their goal.”

In addition to the race day photos, the Denver Colfax Marathon is grateful to CommonSpirit Health for providing the race weekend medical supplies. CommonSpirit is one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the country, with more than a thousand care sites across 21 states. On average, they serve 20 million patients every year.

“The Denver Colfax Marathon represents the best of our community and of our health, and as a nonprofit health system, CommonSpirit is committed to serving everyone – from the strongest athletes to the most vulnerable among us,” said Dr. Oswaldo “Ozzie” Grenardo, Chief Medical Officer for CommonSpirit’s Mountain Region. “We look forward to supporting the runners and the spectators on race day and wish everyone the very best.”

The Denver Colfax Marathon Medical Director, Dr. Jennell Kopp, will also give runners exclusive health related training tips leading up to the marathon weekend. Dr. Kopp has been treating athletes for 15 years, not only in her private medical practice under CommonSpirit Health, but as the Medical Director of Athletics for Denver University.

“You can’t just put in the miles and expect to have a successful training program,” says Dr. Jennell Kopp. “Just like any good recipe, it is not only one ingredient. All the ingredients – fueling, strengthening, proper rest, mileage, are all needed to have a successful race. If you just put in the miles and forget the other ingredients, you will struggle throughout your training.”

Runners can subscribe to the Denver Colfax Marathon newsletter for complimentary running related medical advice from Dr. Kopp. Her monthly column aims to prepare every runner, new and experienced, for their race day in May.

The 18th Denver Colfax Marathon will take place May 17-19, 2024. More than 20,000 runners are expected to participate in the city’s largest running event. You can register for a race at www.runcolfax.org.

About Denver Colfax Marathon: Denver Colfax Marathon is Denver’s largest running event which takes place in May. Events include the full marathon, half-marathon, marathon relay, Urban 10 miler and 5K. Established by the cities of Aurora, Denver and Lakewood, the marathon has become an iconic race for the Mile-High City. The event supports local charities and nonprofits by providing one of the country’s biggest fund-raising platforms through its Charity Partners Program. Visit the Denver Colfax Marathon at www.runcolfax.org, facebook.com/runcolfaxdenver, and on IG/Twitter @runcolfax

About CommonSpirit: CommonSpirit Health is a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 by Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. The Colorado/Kansas/Utah Division includes 20 hospitals, 240 physician practices and clinics, emergency and urgent care centers, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life® Colorado. With its national office in Chicago and a team of over 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit operates 142 hospitals and more than 2,250 care sites across 24 states. In FY 2023, when normalized for the California provider fee program, CommonSpirit reported revenues of $34.6 billion and provided $5 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at www.commonspirit.org.