Hot to Trot

The Thanksgiving holiday is all about two things: food and giving thanks, usually in that order. But for close to four decades, Mile High United Way's Turkey Trot has been counteracting this annual orgy of overeating with an energizing race that gets families off the couch and outdoors. The run, walk or jog around Washington Park invites athletes of every level to come together in the spirit of giving, with all money raised from the Turkey Trot going to Mile High United Way’s work helping kids and adults in the community succeed through mentoring programs, job training and more.

Although costumes are encouraged, they're not required. Even so, wild bird-themed headwear has become a staple for some runners, and this year all participants will be given a turkey tiara just for registering. "If you're intimidated by a four-mile race, then this is great -- it's very low-key and family-friendly," says Mile High spokeswoman Benilda Samuels. But while the trot may be easy, serious runners come out in full force. The event, now in its 39th year, attracts people from across the country.

The Colorado Rapids will be leading warm-ups, and Radio Disney will offer both pre- and post-race entertainment; Anheuser-Busch will host a beer garden for adults when the run is over. Registration is $39 to $45 and can be done online or at the start of the race, beginning at 8 a.m. at Virginia Avenue and Downing Street. The first wave of runners takes off at 10:15 a.m. For more information, visit www.unitedwaydenver.org.
Thu., Nov. 22, 10:15 a.m., 2012

 
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