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More Than 11,000 Runners Take Part in Mile High United Way Annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day

Record-Breaking Turnout Marked the Event’s 50th Anniversary

(DENVER) – From grandparents and toddlers to dogs and people dressed as turkeys, more than 11,000 runners took part in Mile High United Way’s 50th Annual Turkey Trot presented by Xcel Energy on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, 2023, at Denver’s Washington Park.

The turnout broke records, making the event is one of the biggest Turkey Trots and 4-mile races in the country.

“It is such an honor that families make the Mile High United Way Turkey Trot part of their annual Thanksgiving tradition each year. Thanks to these runners, volunteers and sponsors, we can help even more Metro Denver families meet their basic needs and thrive this holiday season,” said Christine Benero, Mile High United Way president and CEO.

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.

Sponsors of the 2023 Turkey Trot were Presenting Sponsor Xcel Energy; Photo Sponsor Suncor; Bib Sponsor BOK Financial; Course Sponsor Empower; Community Sponsor Denver7; Beer Garden Sponsor Great Divide Brewing Company; Pet Bandana Sponsor Connect for Health Colorado; Run Your Yams Off Sponsors Chuze Fitness, Dog Training Elite, Raymond James, Select Health, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and ULA; Gobbles the Turkey Sponsors Ameristar Casino Resort and Spa, American Ninja Warrior Adventure Park, and Veterinary Emergency Group; Packet Pick-Up Sponsor Fleet Feet; and Media Sponsor KBCO.

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