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Incredible Turnout for the 43rd Annual Mile High United Way Turkey Trot!

THANK YOU to the 9,800 participants who made the 43rd Annual Mile High United Way Turkey Trot part of their Thanksgiving tradition! Because of you, we raised more than $400,000 towards our work that will change the odds for families and individuals in our community, and move them out of poverty. Mile High United Way thrives through your continuous involvement, and we are grateful for your support of the Mile High United Way Turkey Trot!

This year’s Turkey Trot fell on a picturesque Colorado fall day, with plenty of sunshine to go around and weather in the 50s; we couldn’t have asked for a better turnout or running weather. Truly a family-friendly event, the Turkey Trot included a wealth of family and friends, a heap of furry four-legged friends, and no shortage of smiles. Whether you have made the Turkey Trot an annual tradition or experienced it for the first time, there was something for everyone.

At the Start Village, KDVR/Fox 31 broadcasted its Thanksgiving coverage from the Start Line stage, featuring interviews from long-time runners and families who have participated for upwards of 30 years. After runners lined up for the beginning of the race, a thankful crowd listened in admiration as Rebekah Glad sang a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem. From there, runners walked, ran, and trotted their way to a bustling Finish Village lined with nearly double the vendors as last year, and of course, the post-race beer garden hosted by Great Divide Brewing Company. That means more fun, activities, offers, free swag, and opportunities than ever before.

“The Mile High United Way Turkey Trot is the most fun you could have while giving back to the community. We are grateful that so many people come out on Thanksgiving morning to support Mile High United Way and it is also a great way to meet new friends, get some exercise, and enjoy the very popular Great Divide Beer Garden,” said Jessica Badger-Plotkin, the Mile High United Way Turkey Trot race director.

For those who weren’t able to make it to the Turkey Trot this year, but still want to give back to the community, there are plenty of opportunities to give back this holiday season by donating or volunteering.

Money raised by Mile High United Way’s Turkey Trot will go directly to Mile High United Way and will be invested into the community to change the odds for individuals and families in Metro Denver. These dollars will support Mile High United Way’s community impact goals ensuring all children have a strong start, children are reading at grade level by the end of third grade, youth are graduate from high school ready for post-secondary education or entry into the workforce, and that individuals and families have their basic needs met and are afforded every opportunity to move toward economic success.

Check out the photos Turkey Trot race day photos here!