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Mile High Turkey Trot

Photo by sterlinglanier Lanier on Unsplash.
Photo by sterlinglanier Lanier on Unsplash.

With the onset of autumn in Colorado, Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. Affectionately nicknamed Turkey Day, this holiday is a huge American tradition all over the country. Of course Coloradans will be preparing to have their big holiday feasts with their families, but there is another tradition in the Centennial state that sets us apart from other western states. I'm talking about the annual Mile High Turkey Trot, a community marathon with a lot of heart. Continue reading to find out more about this unique Colorado holiday event.

A Colorado Thanksgiving Tradition

The 2022 Mile High United Way Turkey Trot is expected to draw around 9,000 people to Washington Park for a 4 mile run. The Turkey Trot is a friendly run, not a competitive race, so walking is not discouraged. At the end of the trot there is a community celebration. The Turkey Trot is such a proud Colorado tradition that this year is the 135th anniversary of the celebration. According to United Way Denver, "As we celebrate our rich 135-year history, we also celebrate the runners, volunteers, and families who have made the Mile High United Way Turkey Trot a part of their Thanksgiving story, year after year. We are humbled by your continued support."

The registration of this year's Turkey Trot is $45 per runner. However, they do have reduced prices for kids, seniors, and military personnel. There are also team rates on their website. You also get a t-shirt with the price of your registration. This fee goes to improve the lives of families in need across Metro Denver. With this money children will enter school ready to succeed and young adults will be prepared for college or the workforce. Families will get their basic needs met and have opportunities to move toward economic success. The event is on November 24 at 9 AM at Washington Park.

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