Event Benefiting Metro Denver Families Expected to Attract as Many as 10,000 People
(DENVER) – Mile High United Way is inviting runners, volunteers and spectators to its 50th Annual Turkey Trot presented by Xcel Energy on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, 2023, at Denver’s Washington Park. Hailed as one of the best Thanksgiving events in the country, this 4-mile run/walk and community celebration draws up to 10,000 people in support of Metro Denver families.
Everyone can take part in the Turkey Trot – as a runner, walker, volunteer or spectator. Families have made this run part of their Thanksgiving tradition for decades and take part with multiple generations of their family. People of all ages – from active grandparents to children doing the 1-mile family fun run – enjoy this race.
The Turkey Trot is one of the biggest fundraisers for Mile High United Way, the first United Way in the world. Founded 136 years ago, the organization supports families throughout Metro Denver by working to give all children a strong start, supporting education and academic success, and creating economic opportunity for all. Last year, Mile High United Way invested $28.8 million in our community and helped nearly 184,000 people. For example:
- Mile High United Way helps parents and caregivers prepare their young children for kindergarten by providing at-home learning opportunities. Last year, we distributed over 2,500 learning kits to families.
- The Mile High United Way 211 Help Center connects people with the resources they need, such as food, shelter, transportation and child care. 211 navigators provided over 250,000 referrals last year.
- Mile High United Way helps young adults aging out of the foster care system with safe housing and a solid start at a new future. Last year, the organization’s Bridging the Gap program helped over 300 family members secure housing.
Race registration includes a collectible t-shirt, personalized race bib and access to pre- and post-race festivities. The Finish Village will feature a Great Divide Beer Garden and live entertainment.
This year for the first time, the Turkey Trot will include a Lil’ Gobbler Family Fun Zone in the Finish Village, where there will be games, face painters, photos with Gobbles the Turkey and more. Participants can also register their four-legged family member and get a pet bandana while supplies last.
What: Mile High United Way’s 50th Annual Turkey Trot
Where: Washington Park 1700 E. Louisiana Ave., Denver, CO
When: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 2022; Opening ceremony at 8:45 a.m.
How to Register: Visit unitedwaydenver.org/turkey-trot to register. Day-of registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
Cost: $55 with discounts for children, seniors and active military.