Gobble up one of these holiday races before your Thanksgiving feast and feel good about raising money for a charity at the same time. Whether you're a seasoned runner, brisk walker or want to take the stroller out for a jaunt this Thanksgiving, these ten events welcome you to register and get outside.
10K Turkey Trek in Arvada
In Clement Park in Littleton, there's the annual Gobble Wobble.
Saturday, November 23, 9 a.m.
17850 West 64th Avenue, Arvada
Whether you have little kids who want to join a race or are just too busy with feast preparations on Thanksgiving, this 10K jaunt on November 23 is the perfect solution. It starts at 9 a.m. in Long Lake Ranch Regional Park and goes down the Ralston Creek Trail, which includes a hard-core hill to run up. If going the full distance is too much, join the 2K Turkey Toddle or 5K Turkey Trot. All participants will receive a 2019 Trekker's trucker cap and full bragging rights. Plus, the race supports Community Table
, a food bank in Arvada. As a bonus, if you do the 10K race, you will have the opportunity to chug a five-ounce cup of eggnog and be entered in a drawing for new shoes, courtesy of Road Runner Sports
. There's also the "fill your pie hole challenge," where you're presented with a mid-race piece of pumpkin pie and a chance to win a prize if you eat it all, and there will be some hay bale-jumping spots, as well. It's $50 per adult at registration and $20 for kids sixteen and under.
Turkey Trails North Denver
Sunday, November 24, 8 a.m.
1700 Sheridan Boulevard
Head to Sloan's Lake, 1700 Sheridan Boulevard, on Sunday, November 24, for a 10K or 5K run around the park. Brought to you by Bodies Race Company,
the event includes a designer shirt (based on availability), chip-timing, live results, awards and a pile of tasty post-race food. For kids either racing or cheering, there will be free photos, a festive run, activities and more. Costumes are encouraged, whether you want to don your best turkey hat, wear a Superman cape or add some feathers to your sweats. The event starts at 8 a.m., and you can pick up your race packet at the Edgewater King Soopers, 1725 Sheridan Boulevard, next to the Starbucks. Participants pay $30 to $45 to race; kids pay just $18. This race is plastic-free; the organizers are encouraging racers to bring their own reusable bottles, and for those who forget, there will be plenty of recyclable cups for water along the way.