Lakewood was the recipient of the first ever Paul Ryan Champion’s Award, for the efforts of the city’s police and public works department to make sure the barricades and traffic cones were in place in time for the marathon on Sunday, May 19.
According to principal traffic engineer John Padon, on the Friday before the marathon the company hired to provide barricades and cones went out of business.
“We wanted to make sure we could accommodate the marathon as it went through Lakewood, so we had a crew take a look at Colfax and what work had already been done,” Padon said. “It turns out there were some barricades up, but not all.”
Working with Lakewood Police Sgt. Dave Hoover and a local company that had barricades and cones, crews from the public works department were able to arrive early on Sunday and set everything up.
Padon said the volunteers then had to work throughout the marathon, which made for a 10-hour day.
According to Padon, there was no question that whatever needed to be done would be in order to be ready for the marathon.
“It was just a question of how are we going to make sure this happens without causing a problem for the city,” he said. “We just said, ‘let’s get it done,’ and these guys worked their tails off to get it accomplished.”
The Paul Ryan Champion’s Award is named in honor of a former director of Regional Affairs for Denver.