The Know: Earn your turkey: Thanksgiving races along the Front Range

“It’s the one day of the year when it is completely acceptable to eat yourself into a food coma and then nap all day — it’s Thanksgiving. But before we can drench our mashed potato mountain in gravy and smother our pumpkin pie with whipped cream, it is Colorado after all. We’re all about earning our feast.

So this year, let the cushion-y stuffing pillows be your motivation to run it out first at one of these races along the Front Range. if that isn’t enough to get you running, most races are for charity or are food drives. If you chicken out (turkey out?) on Thursday, there’s even a leftover trot on Saturday to work it all off.

Thanksgiving Day

Broomfield Turkey Day 5K and 10K 
Kids’ run starts at 9 a.m. at Broomfield County Commons, 13200 Sheridan Blvd. $40-$60,

Castle Rock Turkey Rock Trot
The 5K starts at 9:30 a.m. at Douglas County Events Center, 500 Fairgrounds Dr., and will weave through downtown Castle Rock. $20-$40.

Stapleton Harvesting Hope 5K
This 5K run starts at 10:15 a.m. at Central Park in the Stapleton neighborhood and includes live entertainment. $40 for day-of registration.

Denver Mile High United Way Turkey Trot
Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. at Washington Park, 1700 E. Louisiana Ave., and the first runners take off at 10:15 for the 4-mile course. Now in its 44th year, this race is one of the biggest in Denver. Online registration ends at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21. After that,  runners can register at  Runner’s Roost on Colorado Boulevard on Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or on race day beginning at 8 a.m. at South High School. Post-race craft beer will be sponsored by Great Divide Brewing Co.

Erie Pilgrimage Run
The Pilgrimage Run wants you to know that it is not a turkey trot. Proceeds from each year’s race are given to a nominated family or person in the community who is facing a hardship. The 2- and 4-mile races will step off around 9 a.m. at the Erie Library, 400 Powers St. Registration is $35 until Nov. 22, $40 after that.

Highlands Ranch Turkey Day 5K
This family-friendly south metro race starts at 9 a.m. at Shea Stadium, 3270 Redstone Park Circle, for runners and walkers of all skill levels. Post-race events include pancakes and a beer garden. Registration $30-$65 for individuals.

Louisville Turkey Trot 5K
This free 5K will begin at 9 a.m. at the Louisville Public Library, 951 Spruce St. All you have to do is bring a donation of non-perishable food or winter clothing. Online and walk-up registration is

Loveland Turkey Trot 5K
Run or walk this 5K with your friends and family starting at 8:30 a.m. at the McKee Medical Center. Day-of registration is $40.

Parker Turkey Day 5K
This one’s for the early birds (see what we did there?). If you find yourself up at 8 a.m., you might as well make your way to the Parker Recreation Center, 17301 E. Lincoln Ave., for a quick 5K trot through the community with hot drinks at the start and finish. Registration through Nov. 21 is $15, $25 on race day.

Saturday Nov. 25

Longmont Leftover Turkey Trot
If we’re being honest, we all know Thanksgiving is really all about the leftovers.Longmont’s race is the Saturday after Thanksgiving at Roger’s Grove Park, 220 Hover Road. You should be able to walk again by the time you attempt to run in this 5K at 10 a.m. Registration is $30 for adults until Nov. 23, $40 the day-of.”


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