Morning Headlines: RTD's Smart Card, Kelly Liken Goes to Washington, City Park's "Coolest" Claim, and More

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April 18 2011, 8:25 AM

The Growing Mile: The Mile High Mile, billed as "Denver's Premier One Mile Road Race," may be short, but it's popular. The race took place on Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High with more than 1,700 participants, nearly three times the number from last year (Run Colorado).

SmaRTD: Card-carrying public-transit commuters will like the idea of RTD's smart card, which intends to eliminate the need for cash (CBS4). The Regional Transportation Authority is also considering the idea of a double-tracked rail line to Denver International Airport in order to accommodate more stops along the way (9News).

Top Seed: Rush Limbaugh may not have been impressed with what Michelle Obama had for dinner when she was in Vail this year, but the first lady sure was. As a result, "Top Chef" Kelly Liken is representing Vail's Sowing Seeds program at the White House this week, an initiative she says is a "perfect complement" to Obama's new healthy eating programs (Vail Daily).

Josh Kroenke on His Own: Despite having two parents who are each billionaires in their own rights, Josh Kroenke, the boyish head of the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche, is apparently pretty normal. And he's working hard to prove he's just like everyone else (Denver Post).

City Park One of the Best: Denver's City Park isn't as flashy as Washington Park, its yuppier cousin a few miles to the south, but Travel + Leisure magazine thinks it's one of the "coolest" city parks in the country.