This composite photo shows Doug Laufer, MSU Denver accounting professor (left), finishing the 2013 Boston Marathon (image on the left), and one minute later the first deadly bomb blast that occurred during the marathon (image on the right; the explosion captured in the upper right corner of the photo frame). Photos: Boston Athletic Association

The man who beat the Boston Marathon

Doug Laufer finished the 2013 Boston Marathon 60 seconds before the first bomb exploded. Unbowed and optimistic, he’s heading back.

Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon. Photo: Debby Wong /

Will the Rockies make the playoffs?

Psychologist Travis Heath dishes on young rosters, avoiding slumps and whether the team can make a second-half run.

Actor Bob Ari, left, and MSU Denver head basketball coach Michael Bahl, right, on the set of The Great Leap at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. Bob Ari "Coach Saul" spoke with coach Bahl about what it

Acting head coach: Bahl lends expertise to theater

MSU Denver coach Michael Bahl consults on basketball-themed play at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Michael Bahl is the first alumnus to coach the MSU Denver men

Keep your eye on the Bahl

First alumnus head coach dishes on his path to MSU Denver and the Roadrunners’ path forward.

MSU Denver alum Neil Dreher behind the scenes at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore. Photo courtesy StageOne.

Giving the Olympics the gift of flight

As athletes strive for new heights in Pyeongchang, Neil Dreher is already an expert on the air up there.

Stephanie Rayman, general manager of the Tivoli Tap House and director of marketing and strategy for Tivoli Brewing, serves a beer at the Tap House. Rayman is a 2009 MSU Denver graduate. Photo by John Arnold

Mixing business with education

Consumers can support students through beer, skis, coffee and baseball, thanks to creative partnerships with local businesses

MSU Denver women

Paving the road ahead with scholarship endowment

MSU Denver Athletic Department receives gift from Rob and Molly Cohen Family Foundation.

MSU Denver student Sara Chen plays the trombone in her secondary instrument band class. The students practiced instruments that they just recently started playing. Photo by Alyson McClaran

6 ways to improve performance

From music to sports or anything else, here are top bets to help you better the practice … of practice

Wyatt Rottschafer and his classmates at The Boys School of Denver hold a yoga pose during a class in the morning.The Human Performance and Sport Program at Metropolitan State University of Denver partnered up to host a Spin-A-Thon that took place on Dec. 9. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Partnership spins two schools together

MSU Denver's sport event management class partners with sixth-graders to earn real-world experience.

Julian Garcia pitching for the Williamsport Crosscutters.

No trouble with the curve

Former MSU Denver pitcher Julian Garcia has a firm grip on life in the Philadelphia Phillies' farm system.

The MSU Denver women

A’s in the hole

Drive to succeed extends to classroom for record-breaking Roadrunner student-athletes.

Why employers love college athletes

Good news for college athletes. If your sporting heroics don’t work out, you’ll probably not struggle to find a good job.

Exercise science major Sandra Tran performing a deadlift at the world powerlifting championship in Minsk, Belarus in June of 2017.

Is this the strongest woman in the world?

First in the nation. A second trip to the global stage. For Sandra Tran, good things come to those who weight(lift).

Sport management student Brad Birling is going to the Winter Olympics in South Korea as a consumer products intern for the U.S. Olympic Committee. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Going for gold with an Olympic internship

Sport management student Brad Birling headed to Winter Olympics as an intern for the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Raquel “Rocky” Torres came to MSU Denver from City College of San Francisco to play basketball, she not only was a great student but she was a scoring machine. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Slam dunking … in life

How this injury-plagued basketballer let her heart heal the hurt.

Anthony Grant, Ph.D., director of athletics and vice-chair of the NCAA’s Minority Opportunities and Interest Committee (MOIC); Erin Hiltner, associate athletic director for student services and MSU Denver’s SWA, and Michael Bazemore, associate director of athletics and active member of the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association.

Teaming up to level the playing field

Athletics leaders discuss advocacy, representation and the difference between diversity and inclusion.