Parker Parks and Recreation Love 'em or Leave 'em Valentine's Day 5K/10K with RNK Running&Walking

Parker Parks and Recreation Love 'em or Leave 'em Valentine's Day 5K/10K with RNK Running&Walking

Saturday, February 9, 2019  @ 10:00 AM   •  5k, 10k, Kid's run


10951 Twenty Mile Road, Parker, CO    view map


Join Parker Parks and Recreation at Bar CCC Park for our 11th annual Love 'em or Leave 'em Valentine's Day 5K/10K!

A Few Reasons Why You Should Choose The Love 'Em or Leave 'Em 5K/10K!

  • Perfect New Year’s resolution run/walk just over one month after New Year’s Day and a romantic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day by being active!
  • Competitive event but also family oriented! The courses are USATF certified and professionally timed so you can set a benchmark early for your 2019 racing year or you can just compete for fun with family and friends.
  • The race is very affordable, especially if you register early! Additionally, any proceeds stay in Parker to support local recreation programs, activities, and our scholarship fund which allows those with less to participate in our recreation offerings.
  • Pancakes! Enough said!

Event Includes:

  • Valentine's Day themed run or walk with family, friends, and community members!
  • A unique custom designed long sleeved performance shirt!
  • Overall and age group awards!
  • Professionally timed event with results posted online same day! (unofficial results will be posted at the event)
  • Pancakes from Flippin' Flapjacks! (A few GF snack options will be available if needed)
  • 5K and 10K are both USATF certified courses!
  • Chance to win a variety of prizes just for showing up!
  • Custom designed race bib for those who sign up early!
  • Early race material pickup for pre-registered! (Thursday & Friday before at RNK Running & Walking)
  • FREE downloadable event pictures and finish photos posted within 72 hours of the event!
  • Access to local event sponsors at the race!
  • FREE Kids' dash following the conclusion of the 5K & 10K!
  • Dogs and strollers are welcome! (will need to stay to the right and single file for safety)

Key dates:
Register by Jan. 21 and be guaranteed your long sleeve T-shirt size on race day (highly recommended). Online registration closes Wednesday, Feb. 6 at noon. Registering early is strongly encouraged! There are a limited number of spots so register early to secure a space, the lowest price, and to guarantee the best experience!


 T Shirt  - view tshirt

 Goody Bag

 Course Certified  - view certification

 Race Pictures

 Event Timed


 Food and Drinks


 Kids' Activities



Course description:

The courses* utilize the Cherry Creek Regional Trail, are out-and-back, and consist of concrete trail running. The 5K and 10K split and utilize different sections of the trail to reduce crowding. Both will start and finish at the same finish line.

Both courses are USATF Certified Courses: 5K #CO18001MWC and 10K #CO18002MWC

The 5K is flat, has 41 feet of elevation change, and has water stations at approximately mile one and 2.25. The 10K has 162 feet of elevation change, one steep hill in the beginning and end of the course, and water stations at approximately mile 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, and 4.5. The trail is open to other users, so all participants must be in single file and run on the right for safety reasons: to allow other runners to pass and to allow room for returning runners. The event is rain, snow or shine! No refunds will be issued due to weather. Expect to run on some snow if there is accumulation the night before.

*Courses are subject to change if there is inclement weather.

A course overview map is posted on our website for further reference if needed:

Directions to start:

The start line is located southwest of the baseball field on the concrete trail and will be marked with a "Start" flag.


Limited parking is located in the lot next to Bar CCC Park - 10951 S Twenty Mile Rd. The entrance is only accessible by traveling southbound on Twenty Mile Rd. Overflow parking is available in the Target lot just to the south of Bar CCC. Carpooling is strongly encouraged to help with the limited parking! Arrive early if you want or need to park close!

Awards info:

All registered participants are eligible to win door prizes. Winners will be posted at the MC table once the event starts.
Prizes will be awarded to our overall male & female finisher as well as the top three finishers in each of the following age categories:
12 & under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.
This event will use the "gun time" in order to determine results meaning everyone's race time will start together when the announcer starts the race. This ensures that you are truly racing the other participants on the trail with you. Start in the front of the wave if you are looking to place.

Additional info

Kids 8 and under can participate in the FREE Kids' Dash after the 5K/10K event. Registration is not required. Estimated start time is 11:15 a.m. after the majority of 5K and 10K participants have finished. Leashed dogs and strollers are welcome but need to start at the back of the wave and remain to the right of the trail at all times. Additional information about the Love 'em or Leave 'em Valentine's Day 5K/10K is available at or by emailing

Event is held rain, snow, or shine in true Colorado style. No refunds will be issued due to weather.

Chip Timing

Your timing chip will be issued to you at packet pickup or the morning of the event at the registration table. You must wear your chip on your shoelaces. Return your chip at the end of the race at the finish line to avoid a $75 fee.

Bib Information

Please make sure all information on your bib is accurate upon pickup. If your information is incorrect, please inform a staff member at the registration table at least 10 minutes before the start of the race so you are timed correctly.


If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering during the event, we have many opportunities available. Pancakes will be provided for all volunteers after they are done. Please sign up to volunteer using the Volunteer Connect Douglas County website. The link is below:

Use "Town of Parker" as your organization and select the appropriate event. Thank you in advance for your help! We could not do this event without volunteers!

Family/Team Competition

If you wish to compete in the Family/Team competition please create a new team or select your existing team when pre-registering. The family or team with the most participants will win a prize! The first team member to register can create the team and becomes the team captain. All additional team members can select the team name from the drop down list when registering. If you are registering multiple members at once, please enter the same team name for all participants you wish to be on the same team.

Packet pickup:

Race packet pickup will be available at RNK Running & Walking, 13019 S. Parker Rd.,  on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 11:30-7 pm and Friday, Feb. 8 from 11-6:50 pm or at the event site on race morning beginning at 9 a.m.

Registration info:

We recommend registering children under the age of five if they will be walking/running and would like a shirt, pancakes, race bib, a chance to win prizes, and timed results. If they will only be pushed in a stroller you do not need to register them unless they would like the options above.

5K Rate: $25-40

10K Rate: $35-50

Register early and select the lowest rate available for the best price! Each discounted early and pre-registration rate closes once all spaces have been filled! The earlier we have more accurate numbers and shirt sizes the more accurate our ordering and planning can be which saves us time and resources so we pass that savings along to the customers!

Your registration fee includes the race, post-race pancakes, commemorative shirt, souvenir bib number, access to local sponsors at the event, professional timing, free downloadable event pictures, a chance to win prizes, on course water stations, certified courses, and a fun experience!

*For families/groups of four or more there is a 10% discount on early and pre-registration through February 6 at 12:00 pm - use code  GROUPTEN

**There is a small service fee assessed on each registration


• 5K - discounted pre-registration rate! (10:05 AM start)

$30.00    Expires 1/23/2019 12:00 PM

 Limited to 55 entrants, 14 remaining.

• 5K - standard registration rate (10:05 AM start)

$35.00    Expires 2/6/2019 12:00 PM

 Limited to 250 entrants, 250 remaining.

• 10K - standard registration rate (10:00 AM start)

$45.00    Expires 2/6/2019 12:00 PM

 Limited to 75 entrants, 74 remaining.








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