DENVER (CBS4) – To celebrate 5 years of racing through Denver’s streets, the organizers of the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon & 1/2 are mixing things up.

Olympian Alan Culpepper stopped by CBS4 studios to talk about a new route that was unveiled on Monday. The marathon will now be going through some new neighborhoods, parks and past all the major sports venues.

“That was the idea, to freshen things up a little bit,” Culpepper said. “After 5 years it was time to take another look at it.”

He said it was a delicate balance to give the runners all the new aspects of the race and work well with the city to not have too much impact on traffic.

PHOTO GALLERY: 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon

One of the changes is that the race will now go into the Highlands neighborhood, which means more hills for the runners.

“With hills, it’s when they come, versus how steep they are. There are some hills, there will be some when you go by Sports Authority Field and getting up to Sloan’s Lake,” Culpepper said. “The nice part is then you get to drop back down into downtown where you finish the half marathon at Civic Center Park.”

He said the hills aren’t that different from what they have been in the past.

“We’re really excited about the new elements in terms of the visuals that we get to see.”

Culpepper recommends that beginners start training now to prepare for the marathon.

This year’s Marathon, Half, Mini, and 2-Person Relay takes place on Saturday, Oct. 19. Take a closer look at the route and find out how to register for the marathon in the special section linked below.

SECTION: 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Marathon & 1/2


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