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Cottonwood Classic 5K 


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Cottonwood Classic 5K

Saturday, May 16, 2015

  Race Start

8 a.m. start
Thorncreek Crossing Shopping Center
Washington Center Parkway
(just north of 120th Avenue)

Overview: Please join us for the 20th Annual Cottonwood Classic 5K Run/Walk to be held Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Thorncreek Crossing Shopping Center at 120th and Washington Street. This family friendly event has become a community favorite over the years and we encourage you to come find out why! Event is open to runners, race-walkers, and recreational walkers of all ages and ability levels. We even have a special “Schools Division” for elementary school age children. And don’t be surprised if you set a personal record on our super flat course!


Registration: Walk-in registration starts Monday, April 27. Walk-ins are accepted at the Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center, 11151 Colorado Boulevard in Thornton (303-255-7800) and at Runners Roost, 1685 South Colorado Boulevard in Denver (303-759-8455). Walk-ins will receive their race bib and t-shirt at the time of registration. We also accept internet registrations at starting 2/1/15. Internet entrants may pick up their race bibs and t-shirts at the  race start on Saturday. There is no phone in registration. Cut-off for walk-in and internet registrations is Wednesday, May 13. There will be no registration on Thursday or Friday. Day-of registration starts at 7:00 a.m. near the start line (entry fee goes up $5 on the day of the event). The first 700 who pre-register will receive a tech shirt, those who register after that, may or may not recieve a shirt!


(Click here for a copy of 2015 entry form)

   Entry Fees:

(April 27 - May 13 @ noon):  

Day of race registration
(7-7:45 a.m. May 16):

$25 for ages 12 & under (on race day) 
$30 for ages 13-59  
$25 for ages 60 & older  

$30 for ages 12 & under
$35 for ages 13-59
$30 for ages 60 & older

      Price includes a short sleeve, tech race shirt.


Post Event PictureWhat You Get: In addition to entry in the race, participants will get awesome post-race food and drink, finish line goody bags and entry in our generous prize drawing (in 2014 we had a total of 47 merchants donate a total of $11,765 worth of items to the goody bags and prize drawing-must submit bib tag at awards table and be present to win).

Race Day Timeline:  
7:00 a.m.- Registration & Timing Chip Distribution 
8:00 a.m.- Runners Start
8:01 a.m.- Elementary School Division Racers
8:02 a.m.- Racewalkers & Walkers Start
9:15 a.m.- Scores Tabulated/Posted, Prize Drawing Starts 
9:30 a.m.- Awards Presentation


Race Chip Timing: Race timing chips (MyLaps Bib Tag system) are attached to the back of your race bib. Please do not switch race bibs with anyone! 

Course Description/Map: Start/finish line is at 12100 Washington Center Parkway (East of Thorncreek Shopping Center) and is very flat.


Course Certification

Dogs/Strollers: Well behaved dogs are welcome and must be kept on leashes (4 foot or less) at all times. Please do not block or impede the progress of other participants! Strollers are also permitted.

Bikes/Blades/Boards- For safety reasons bikes, rollerblades and skateboards are not permitted.School Division Logo

Schools Division: In an effort to promote healthy habits and encourage children to exercise regularly, we offer a special Schools Division. Elementary school teachers, staff or volunteers are encouraged to form teams to train and compete at the race. Awards are given out to the fastest coed teams (2 boys, 2 girls) and the schools with the largest participation numbers. In 2014 we had 10 schools participate. For more information contact or call (720) 977-5914.  


Age Divisions: First through third place awards are given to male and female runners in the following age categories (age on race day):

 7 and under      8-9     10 - 11     12-14    15-19    20-24    25-29    30-34    35-39    40-44    45-49    50-54    55-59    60-64  
65-69     70+

Additionally, overall fastest male and female runners receive special awards. Award winners must be present at the ceremony following the race (or designate someone to pick up your award for you).  We will not mail awards to winners!

Racewalker Awards: First through fifth place fastest male and female racewalkers will also receive awards (there are no separate age categories). Overall fastest male and female racewalker will receive special awards.   

Results: Following the race, results will be posted online at

Weather: The race will be held rain or shine, but lightning, extreme winds or other dangerous weather could cause cancellation or delay of the event. Please call (720) 977-5908 for information on cancellation or delay. The message will only be changed when a decision has been made to cancel/delay.

Volunteers: If you would like to volunteer to help at the event, please contact or (720) 977-5914. Volunteers will receive a free shirt.


Sponsorships: The race would not be possible without the generous sponsorship from the City of Thornton, American Furniture Warehouse and FM Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan. For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact or (720) 977-5965. 


Thorntonfest: After the race, why not come join us for the 19th Annual Thorntonfest Celebration on the fields at 108th and Colorado Boulevard? We’ll have three performance stages, free carnival rides and activities for kids, food court and beer garden, car show, large marketplace for crafters and businesses and even a section celebrating all things pet related!

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