Charity Partners

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A Stronger Cord

A Stronger Cord is thrilled to be a Colfax Marathon Charity Partner and encourage you to support us for the big event! You can join our team, or sponsor one of our runners by emailing Mark McIntosh at mark@seekvictory.com. A Stronger Cord’s mission is to reduce the amount of isolated, unfit and stressed people in our community. It starts with the group workout. We sweat, bond and grow. We challenge one another to become more fitness-minded, dependable and productive. ASC participants believe that spirit will help us build a stronger cord – thus the name – to families, jobs and communities.

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Ability Connection Colorado

WE SEE ABILITY.

At Ability Connection Colorado, our vision is to live in a community that includes, accepts, and celebrates the abilities and contributions of all individuals. For 70 years, we have provided innovative and exceptional services by building on the legacy established in 1946 by nine mothers who were determined to help their disabled children lead productive lives. Today, ACCO serves 40,000 Coloradans a year by providing inclusive early childhood education for children of all abilities, pathways to employment for those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and statewide family support programs. For more information, please visit www.abilityconnectioncolorado.org. To learn more about our charity partners program, contact Jordon Orona,  jorona@abilityconnectioncolorado.org.

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Ability Experience

At The Ability Experience, we are striving to help create a community, one relationship at a time, where the abilities of all people are recognized and valued. We focus on providing shared experiences between people with and without disabilities as a way to promote the abilities of ALL people. Whether it is a group cycling across the country, helping to build accessible amenities at camps, volunteering with a local organization or completing a half marathon or marathon together, each opportunity is one that allows for one’s abilities to truly shine! Come walk, run or roll with us at www.teamabex.org. For more information about our involvement in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Andrew Matznick, amatznick@abilityexperience.org.

 

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Action for Healthy Kids

Because Healthy Kids Learn Better

Colorado Action for Healthy Kids addresses childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. In Colorado, we partner with hundreds of dedicated volunteers – teachers, students, moms, dads, school wellness experts and more – to create these healthy schools. Working together, we’re giving kids the keys to health and academic success by meeting them in the classroom, in the cafeteria and on the playground with fun physical activity and nutrition lessons and programs. Join Team Healthy Kids to help us reverse the childhood obesity epidemic! Contact Stephanie Ekoniak, sekoniak@actionforhealthykids.org.  For more information about us, visit www.actionforhealthykids.org.

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ADHA – Institute for Oral Health

American Dental Hygienists’ Association Institute for Oral Health provides grants to community service projects, students, and researchers in dental hygiene. The Institute’s mission is to support the charitable educational, research and scientific endeavors of ADHA which will improve the public’s total health by increasing the awareness of and access to quality oral healthcare. Along with our runners, respected corporations like Arm & Hammer, Sonicare, and Waterpik support the mission of the Institute for Oral Health. For more detailed information about the Institute, see our web site http://www.adha.org/ioh-about-us To join our team please contact our Colorado liaison, howardrdhedd@gmail.com

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Adoption Options

Embracing Choices. Enriching Lives.

Since 1981, Adoption Options has placed over 1,550 infants and children in safe, loving homes. We have supported thousands of birth parents in selecting the best choice for their children and themselves. Adoption Options supports adoptive and foster families and adoption professionals through our training and education program. There are over 700 children in the Colorado foster care system that need loving homes. Every child deserves a family. These children belong to us all and we need your support to recruit loving adoptive families. Learn more about Adoption Options. Please help by joining our Charity Partner Team by contacting Erin Groce at 303-695-1601. Thank you and happy running!

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All Souls Rescue

Rescuing – Rehabilitating – Restoring

All Souls Rescue, DBA Zuma’s Rescue Ranch, provides a place of sanctuary and healing for the voiceless humans and animals in the Metro Denver area. Bonding with horses fills in the missing pieces of a human’s heart. Learning to take responsibility for another living creature helps youth, families and veterans develop the skills necessary to care for themselves and others… selflessly. Each step for Zuma’s creates a legacy. Each step is an expression of joy. Each step can save the life of a human or horse. Will you run like a thoroughbred?  Contact Paul Messenich to join our Charity Partner team, paul@zumasrescueranch.com.

 

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ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter

Fighting on Every Front to Improve Living with ALS

Our Chapter was founded in 1996 when a group of ALS patients, families and friends formed an organization to provide support to people in Colorado and Wyoming afflicted with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). We have a variety of services available to help improve the quality of life for those living with ALS and their families. All services are free of charge and include: a durable medical equipment loan program, respite care fund, support groups, educational information, referrals, in-home consultations, and personalized.

For more information about our Charity Partners program, email events@alsaco.org. To learn more about us, visit www.alsaco.org.

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Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado

The Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado is the premier source of information and support for the more than 67,000 Coloradoans with Alzheimer’s disease and the 239,000 people who care for them. Through our statewide network of offices, the Alzheimer’s Association offers education classes and support groups as well as a 24-hour Helpline (800-272-3900) and safety services including Medic Alert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return®, all at no charge to the public. We also fund advancements in research to prevent, treat and eventually conquer this disease.  Be part of making a difference by participating in the The Longest Day  as part of the Colfax Marathon. Together, we can raise funds and awareness for care and support while advancing research toward the first survivor of Alzheimer’s.  To learn more, email Michelle Nelson or visit the Alzheimer’s Association web site, www.alz.org/co.

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Arapahoe County HOPE

Running for H.O.P.E.

Arapahoe County H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Excel) is a non-profit program created by employees of the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services in Colorado that addresses the needs of local individuals and families that can’t be met by formal welfare programs.  H.O.P.E. provides goods and services to children who are victims of abuse or neglect, vulnerable seniors in the adult protection system, and struggling families and individuals in crisis. To learn more about out our Colfax Marathon charity partner program, contact Kimberly Koch, kkoch2@arapahoegov.com, 303-752-8982.  For more information about us, visit  www.arapahoegov.com/HOPE.

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Arapahoe House

Arapahoe House is Colorado’s largest and leading provider of substance use disorder treatment, offering essential and often life-saving care to patients and their families. To learn more about us, visit www.arapahoehouse.org.  For information about running for us in a Colfax Marathon event, contact Josh Pruyn, jpruyn@ahinc.org.

 

Ascend Performing Arts

Elevating Life Performance.

The Ascend Performing Arts mission is to further the education and growth of young people through participation in high-caliber performiAscendng arts programs that promote teamwork and discipline, develop leadership skills, and enhance self-esteem. Ascend Performing Arts proudly produces the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps, Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble, the Broncos Stampede Drum Line and Broncos Brass ensembles. We also host major events such as Drums Along the Rockies and Corps Encore drum and bugle corps shows during the summer. Run for Ascend Performing Arts at Info@AscendPerformingArts.org or visit AscendPerformingArts.org to learn more about our charity partner team.

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Athletes in Tandem

Athletes in Tandem embraces and accepts every athlete as they are and treat them as an equal. We share in the joy of movement, the freedom of expression and the fulfillment of life in the moment.  We do this by providing the athletic skills, equipment and knowledge to support people with disabilities to compete in triathlons, swimming, cycling or running events from 5k’s to marathons. Join us in Sharing the Feat!  Check us out at: athletesintandem.org. To join our charity partners program, contact Vienna Brown, vrbrown@rams.colostate.edu.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado is excited to participate as a Charity Partner for the Colfax Marathon again in 2016! Since 1918, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado has been providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters will support nearly 1,700 one-to-one mentoring relationships between youth and volunteer mentors in the metro Denver and Colorado Springs areas. For more information about our Charity Partners program and how to run for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado Team, contact Juliana at   Julianaw@biglittlecolorado.org.

 

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Bloodwise

Bloodwise is the UK’s specialist blood cancer charity.  We fund world-class research; provide practical and emotional support to patients and their loved ones; and raise awareness of blood cancer.  We were founded by a single family (the Eastwoods) from Teesside, England; who lost their daughter to blood cancer in 1960.  Since then we’ve invested over £500 million in blood cancer research!  Our goal is to get to a point where no family has to lose a loved one to blood cancer and we will not stop until everyone affected survives and survives with the best quality of life.  To learn more about our work visit www.bloodwise.org.uk  To register as a runner please contact Adam at hello@bloodwise.org.uk

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Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

Helping Kids.  Building Communities.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver (BGCMD) is thrilled to join the 2016 Charity Partners program for the Colfax Marathon! Serving 2,000 kids per day in 15 different sites across metro Denver, we provide young people with opportunities to engage in programs that help them achieve academic success, take charge of their health by building good habits and Boys and Girls Clubfoster the skills they need to become community leaders. Boys & Girls Clubs’ dynamic model allows us to respond to each child’s unique needs. It’s a warm meal, a safe place to study, and positive relationships. It’s a chance for parents to work a few more hours knowing their children are safe and sound. Visit www.GreatFuturesDenver.org to learn more! For more information about our Charity Partners program, email JessieR@bgcmd.org.

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Brent’s Place

Making a difference in the lives of children with cancer….one day at a time.

There is a place where families are offered hope and healing when facing the most demanding time of their lives. There is a place where kids being treated for life threatening cancer can still be kids. This place is Brent’s Place. Since its inception, Brent’s Place has remained the only hospital approved “Safe-Clean” housing facility for immune compromised patients and their families, providing a living environment that is essential to healing and recovery. Conveniently located near the Anschutz Medical Campus, Brent’s Place is designed to offer families “Safe-Clean” i

ndividualized housing in an environment virtually free from dander, dust, mold and other infectious agents. Brent’s Place, a program and facility created by the Brent Eley Foundation, bridges the gap between the hospital and going home.

To learn more about Brent’s Place, please visit www.brentsplace.org. To run with us and join the fun, please contact Lauren Ellison, lellison@brentsplace.org.

 

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Bridges to Prosperity

Bridges to Prosperity envisions a world where poverty caused by rural isolation no longer exists. Our programs provide access to healthcare, education and markets by teaching communities how to build footbridges over impassable rivers, in partnership with organizations and professionals. We prove the value of our work through a commitment to the community and its bridge that lasts long after the opening celebration.   For more information about us, visit www.bridgestoprosperity.org.  To learn more about how to participate with us in the Colfax Marathon, contact Neave Schmitt, neave@bridgestoprosperity.org.

 

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CASA – Metro CASA Programs

Advocates for ChildrenI am for the Child.

CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) has advocated for abused and neglected children for over 30 years.  Our vision is that all children dream, thrive and grow with a sense of belonging and empowerment to build a successful future.  We are able to support these children from the help of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs).  CASAs are trained volunteers from the community who give children a voice.  Are you ready to be that voice?  For more about us, visit us at www.ad4children.org or www.metrocasaprograms.org.    To learn more about our Colfax Marathon Charity Partner team, contact  Melissa Hellmuth (melissahellmuth@casajeffcogilpin.com)

 

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Children’s Diabetes Foundation

The Children’s Diabetes Foundation is excited to partner with Colfax Marathon to continue our mission of supporting diabetes clinics, education, and research at the Barbara Davis Center (BDC). The BDC is a world-class center, caring for thousands of children and adults while leading 81 research studies, including the Artificial Pancreas, a Hispanic/Latino program to overcome cultural barriers, virtual appointments to reach young adults, and many more. BDC patients also benefit from the Helping Hand Program, which supports families who cannot afford diabetes supplies or doctors’ appointments. Learn more about our events and programs: www.ChildrensDiabetesFoundation.org.  To join our team, contact mattie@childrensdiabetesfoundation.org or (303) 863-1200.

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Children’s Treehouse Foundation

Inspiring emotional support for children of parents with cancer.

Founded in 2001, The Children’s Treehouse Foundation has a unique mission: To ensure that every child whose parent is diagnosed with cancer is given the early tools and emotional support to cope. Sadly, this year alone, some 749,000 children will hear this dreadful news: “Your mom/dad has cancer.” Without sufficient support, these children will struggle with their emotions: anger, sadness, isolation and more. But by participation in our supportive program, CLIMB® —Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery, children are better able to cope with their feelings, and normalize communications with their parent(s). We work with major cancer centers and train their professional staff to provide CLIMB to their cancer families and children. Currently, the program is provided at 91 cancer centers in 33 states in the USA and in seven foreign countries. For more information about us, click here.

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Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation

Founded in 1908, Children’s Hospital Colorado is dedicated to the belief that all children should have the opportunity for a bright and healthy future. Consistently ranked one of the best children’s hospitals in America, Children’s Colorado combines world-class pediatric medicine with a uniquely family-friendly environment. In 1978, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation was established to advance the Hospital’s mission. Community leaders support Children’s Colorado in a variety of ways such as volunteering, donating gifts, corporate partnerships, or foundation grants. For more information about our Charity Partners program, contact Jacqueline Owens Lindley at jlindley@childrenscoloradofoundation.org. To learn more about our Foundation, visit www.childrenscoloradofoundation.org.

Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation

The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation (CCF) was established 11 years ago in Herriman, UT, by family members whose loved ones had been diagnosed with bile duct cancer.  Today, CCF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has grown to serve as a global leader in the cholangiocarcinoma community by providing patient and caregiver education/support services, funding research, hosting a patient registry, accelerating collaboration, and organizing the largest multi-disciplinary international conference in the world solely focused on this rare and aggressive cancer.  For more information, contact Katie Glenn katie.glenn@cholangiocarcinoma.org   or Kathi Wagner kathi.wagner@cholangiocarcinoma.org\

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Cimarron Middle School

At Cimarron Middle School we build positive relationships to create a safe environment where all are challenged and empowered to reach their highest potential.  We emphasize respect for one another, strive for excellence, and show determination in all we do.  We challenge students to think for themselves, so they can succeed in their future.  For more information about our participation with the Colfax Marathon, contact Beau Davies, beau.davies@dcsdk12.org.

 

Colorado Canine Rescue

There’s no place like home.

Colorado Canine Rescue, CCR, was incorporated in 2008 and received its 501c3 tax exempt status in January 2009. We are a small group run entirely by volunteers. Our mission is to rescue dogs from shelters that have been overlooked and have run out of time. We place these dogs in our foster homes and provide any necessary medical or behavioral care. Our goal is to find an adoptive family whose needs and lifestyle perfectly match those of our dog’s so that it is a permanent, loving home.

If you’d like more information about our group or running for our dogs, please contact Amy Taylor at rescue@coloradocaninerescue.org or visit our website, www.coloradocaninerescue.org.

Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust

Colorado, from one generation to the next.

If you love Colorado’s wide open spaces, natural resources, pristine wildlife habitat, sporting a cowboy hat and boots, and Colorado’s western heritage, CCALT is the group to run for. CCALT was formed in 1995 to help ranchers protect their agricultural lands and encourage inter-generational transfers of their ranches. Since then, CCALT has partnered with more than 254 families across the state to protect nearly 500,000 acres of productive agricultural land, wildlife habitat, and open space. Join us in running for the open spaces and healthy places of today AND tomorrow!  To learn more about us, visit www.ccalt.org.  For more about working with us as a Colfax Marathon Charity Partner, contact Maggie Hanna, maggie@ccalt.org.

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Colorado Firefighter Calendar

Colorado Firefighter Calendar is a non-profit organization that produces the official Colorado Firefighter Calendar to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital Burn Center. Firefighters from around the state contribute many hours to help raise funds, educate and increase awareness for the Children’s Hospital Colorado Burn Center and the Burn Camp Programs. These men and women represent one of the noblest professions and the calendars serve as a tribute to all firefighters and the people they help every day. Net proceeds received from the sale of calendars and special events directly benefit the Burn Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado and burn centers across the state. For more information about us, visit www.cofirefightercalendar.org.

Colorado Harriers

The Colorado Harriers are, first and foremost, a team. We race together, we suffer together, and we celebrate together. The Harriers are open to all experience levels and paces: from beginners to Boston qualifiers to elite athletes. We offer our runners a supportive team atmosphere, professional quality training with structured plans, and coached workouts to improve distance running performance and minimize injury risk. It’s always free to run and train with us. But, donations are welcomed to help us with administrative costs, coaches’ certifications, carrying costs for uniforms, and team recognition events. Come join us! For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Joe Arencibia,  coloradoharriers@gmail.com.

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Colorado Japanese Chin Rescue

The Colorado Japanese Chin Rescue is a group of 100% unpaid volunteers dedicated to rehabilitating and re-homing Japanese Chins. We are licensed and in good standing with the Colorado Department of Agriculture (PACFA) and are a 501(c)3 IRS Charitable Organization.   Our dogs are never kept in a kennel or shelter environment. Instead, they are kept in our foster homes and treated like members of our families until we are able to find them their own special people. You can find our adoptable dogs at www. Cjcrescue.com

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Colorado Running Club

Run with Endurance.

The Colorado Running Club is dedicated to building each athlete to seek a greater vision for their lives and to be of service to others.  The Racing Team are likeminded athletes committed to excellence and taking their race results to the next level.  In addition to the Racing Team, runners of all ages and abilities are invited to become Colorado Running Club members and take advantage of the training runs, social events, racing singlets, and coaching.  The Colorado Running Club also hosts the annual El Grito 5K on September 13, 2015 in Denver.  Contact John Perez (303) 912-6401, coloradorunningclub@gmail.com, www.coloradorunningclub.org.

Colorado UpLift

Colorado UpLift builds long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth.  We aim to break generational cycles of poverty by cultivating young leaders who in turn transform communities from the inside out. Colorado UpLift employs full-time staff who are committed to the students they serve. As teacher/mentors and life coaches, they develop long-term relationships as early as elementary school. This bond continues through middle and high school, providing relational support, character education, and teaching life skills in order to guide our students on a better career and life path. For more information, please contact Veronica Contreras de Raya- vcderaya@coloradouplift.org, 303-285-4116.

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Colorado Vincentian Volunteers

Companions on the Journey

The Colorado Vincentian Volunteers is a community of faith and action. Twenty men and women ages 22-30 are recruited annually to accompany the poor, live in community, grow spiritually, and develop a deeper understanding of social justice and change. The volunteers serve homeless youth and adults, children in inner-city schools, the medically indigent, and economically disadvantaged people in need of emergency assistance. In the past 21 years, 295 volunteers have completed the program, and 60 non-profit agencies have received over 500,000 hours of volunteer service. To learn more or run with us, contact Bill and Mary Frances Jaster, cvv@covivo.org, 303-863-8141.

 

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Colorado Youth for a Change

Solving Colorado’s Dropout Crisis

The mission of Colorado Youth for a Change is to solve the dropout crisis in Colorado. CYC is an evidence-based, data-driven organization dedicated to reengaging disengaged high school students with positive educational pathways and changing their lives for the better, while saving school district communities future costs of lost potential. Because even one dropout is too many, we are committed to continuing this work through thoughtful partnerships, dropout outreach and recovery, early educational intervention, and an expansion of school options. To learn more about CYC, please go to www.youthforachange.org. If you are interested in running for CYC, please contact  Leia Welsh at leiaw@youthforachange.org.

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Confluence Ministries

Run with purpose and partner in the quest to empower families and schools in the West Colfax neighborhood affected by single parent challenges, poverty, violence, and illiteracy.

Confluence Ministries is a 501(c)3 non-profit outreach organization uniquely positioned to mobilize and empower people and organizations across Denver to pursue the wellbeing of the city. As a catalyst for collaboration we engage, connect and provide holistic service opportunities. Located in an at-risk area in West Colfax, Confluence Ministries offers programs such as English as a Second Language, GED Classes (in Spanish), tutoring for children, and MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). For more information about our charity partners team, contact Jeanette DeHerrera, jdeherrera@confluenceministries.org.

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Conservation Colorado

The future is worth the fight

Conservation Colorado is a grassroots, statewide organization working to protect Colorado’s air, land, water, and people. Conservation Colorado works in four core program areas—Energy & Climate Change, Wilderness & Public Lands, Water, and Civic Engagement. In each of these areas, we focus on organizing and outreach based around shared core values that can fundamentally change policy outcomes to advance conservation in our democratic society and preserve the Colorado we love today for future generations.  To learn more about us, visit our web site.  For more information about our participation with the Colfax Marathon, contact Grace Randazzo, grace@conservationco.org.

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Consortium for Older Adult Wellness

Wellness Classes, Falls Prevention and Leader Trainings for Healthier Communities

COAW is a national leader in engaging and inspiring adults, communities and health systems in realizing their potential in prevention, wellness and self-management. COAW collaborates with health systems, community health centers, hospitals, primary care providers, health departments and community-based organizations across Colorado to provide evidence-based community health classes, falls prevention screenings, and health and wellness leader trainings. COAW offers Workshop Wizard software as a service, an affordable data management system that allows users to easily track data from workshops, classes and training. To join COAW’s Charity Partner Team, contact Lynnzy McIntosh at lynnzy@coaw.org. For more information on COAW, visit www.coaw.org.

 

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Craig Hospital Foundation

Redefining Possible for People with Spinal Cord and Brain Injuries.

Join Team Craig to redefine possible for survivors of spinal cord and brain injuries! Craig Hospital is world renowned as a premier center for specialty rehabilitation and research for people with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. Craig Hospital is a 93-bed, private, not-for-profit, free-standing long term acute care and rehabilitation hospital that provides a comprehensive system of inpatient and outpatient medical care, rehabilitation, neurosurgical rehabilitative care, and long-term follow up services. Craig provides housing for out-of-state families and outpatients, including the first 30 days free for families of new inpatients. Craig has a remarkable atmosphere and culture that is casual but professional, active and upbeat. For more information, contact Becky at bplunkett@craighospital.org  or visit www.CraigHospital.org.

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Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America

Team Challenge – Take the Challenge

Team Challenge is the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s endurance training and fundraising program. With Team Challenge, you’ll find new strength inside yourself, and help find cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two painful, seldom-discussed and debilitating digestive diseases. With our Half Marathon Training Programs, you’ll train for a rewarding and exciting endurance event at one of our great destination races while raising vital funds for research into these diseases. These dollars will help make new treatments possible and fuel the search for cures. To learn more about joining us to run the Colfax Marathon contact Kate Park (kpark@ccfa.org) or call 303-639-9163 x3 or visit our website.

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Cure HHT

The Cornerstone of the HHT Community

Cure HHT is the only 501(c)(3) global advocacy nonprofit organization committed to supporting patients and families who are impacted by an uncommon blood vessel disease called Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT). Roughly 1 in 5,000 people have HHT, but 90% of the population goes undiagnosed. This organization supports families, educates doctors, and works with scientists around the world to find a cure for HHT. The 2018 Denver Colfax HHT team is helping to raise awareness change the lives of those affected by HHT, and every dollar matters for this disease. To learn more about HHT and the 2018 Denver Colfax HHT team, visit www.curehht.org. For more information, contact Allyson Clancy at allyson.clancy@curehht.org.

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Denver Fire Department Foundation

The mission of the Denver Fire Department Foundation (DFDF) is to support Denver’s Fire Department by providing public education, through efforts to improve firefighter safety and quality of life, and with direct resources to meet firefighter needs thereby improving public safety in the City and County of Denver. Most recently, DFDF raised funds to support a dedicated physical/occupational therapist. This program helps injured firefighters return to work within the safest, shortest amount of time possible. Physical therapy also helps firefighters with proactive programs to avoid injury. for more information about us and about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Laura Douglas, laura@denverfirefoundation.org.

Denver Health Foundation

Where Medical Greatness and Human Goodness Connect

The Denver Health Foundation is dedicated to support Denver Health in its role to sustain and advance the health and well-being of Denver, Colorado, and the Rocky Mountain region. An independent nonprofit, we raise funds from our community to support diverse programs at Denver Health including but not limited to Newborns In Need, Reach Out and Read, Substance Abuse Treatment and Education in our School Based Health Centers, Palliative Care, Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, and a safety net program that helps many patients in need.  Money raised by Denver Health Paramedics running in the Colfax Marathon will be used to purchase car seats for low-income patients at Denver Health. For more information contact Robin Engleberg at Robin.Engleberg@dhha.org or visit www.DenverHealthFoundation.org.

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Denver Justice and Peace Committee

For over 37 years, the Denver Justice and Peace Committee has been advocating and educating for human rights in Latin America. We promote human rights, environmental, and economic justice debates in the Denver community through educational events, direct action campaigns, and solidarity with movements in Latin America. We seek to bring awareness of the injustices lived by communities in Latin America, encourage social change, build solidarity, and undertake nonviolent activism.  To learn more about DJPC visit our website www.denjustpeace.org  To learn more about our participation in the Marathon contact Rebeca Zuniga at djpc@denjustpeace.org or call 303-623.1463

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Denver Kids, Inc.

Every Student Counts. Every Student Graduates.

Denver Kids, Inc. helps students, grades K-12, who face the personal challenges of higher risk environments, successfully complete high school, explore post-secondary options, and become contributing members of the community.  For more information about Denver Kids, Inc., please visit www.denverkidsinc.org.  To learn more about our Denver Kids, Inc. charity partner program, please contact  Kelsey Jacobs Grayson,  Kelsey_Grayson@dpsk12.org.

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Denver Public Schools Foundation

Our students are our future!

The DPS Foundation is Denver Public Schools’ fundraising partner. We generate resources, build relationships and champion public education to impact system-wide achievement and help every child succeed. Our vision is to create an environment where outstanding educational achievements are the norm and all children have hope of a great future. With your help, we can ensure every child in Denver Public Schools succeeds, making our community a better place to live, today and long into the future. Thanks to our generous supporters, the DPS Foundation generated over $14 million for DPS in the 2013-14 school year. The DPS Foundation funds innovative and core programs in the areas of literacy, tutoring, STEM and Career & Technical education, afterschool programs and athletics. To learn about our Colfax Marathon charity partners program, contact Kristina Bobrowski, (720) 423-3585. For more information visit, www.dpsfoundation.org.

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Denver Scholarship Foundation

Making college possible for thousands of students in our community.

Our program for college success has been nationally recognized for its effectiveness. College Access: We work with Denver Public School seniors inside DPS high schools. Each Future Center is staffed by a DSF College Advisor who guides students through application and financial aid processes. Scholarships: We award need-based scholarships to DPS graduates attending school in Colorado. College Success: We partner with colleges to provide scholarship recipients with extra financial aid and ongoing support. These strategies are working–76% have graduated or are still in school. For more information about us, visit www.denverscholarship.org. To join our charity partner program, contact Caroline Glynn, Communications and Alumni Manager, cglynn@denverscholarship.org.

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Denver Urban Gardens

Growing Community – One Urban Garden at a Time

Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) knows that in order to make lasting change, community needs to drive it. That’s why every one of our community gardens and farms were started by and continue to be led by their community. We currently have 150 gardens in five counties in the Metro Denver Area.  DUG gardeners grow food, but more than that, they grow community. We put down deep roots in our communities, providing them with the resources, training, and support they need to establish enduring community gardens and farms that become valuable assets to their neighborhoods. Learn more at www.dug.org. For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon , Contact Rebecca Andruszka.

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Developmental Pathways / SUN Foundation

The SUN Foundation was established in 2013 to support our affiliate, Developmental Pathways. Our role in the Pathways family is to raise additional funds that provide vital assistance to thousands of individuals waiting for state and federal funding. Out of this great need, our name and mission were coined-to Serve the Unmet Needs in our community with the aim of providing solutions for people needing support now. We invite individual and corporate donors to join us in supporting the 7,000+ people with developmental disabilities/delays served by Pathways in Douglas County, Arapahoe County, and the City of Aurora. To learn more, visit www.suncolo.org.  For more information about joining us in the Colfax Marathon, contact Marcia, m.pearce@suncolo.org.

 

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Disability Law Colorado / The Legal Center

Helping individuals with disabilities!

DisabDisability Lawility Law Colorado is an independent public interest non-profit specializing in civil rights and discrimination issues (specializing in housing, public accommodations, education and employment) through direct legal representation, advocacy, education and legislative analysis. We protect the human, civil and legal rights of people with mental and physical disabilities, and older people throughout Colorado. We strive to both open up the legal system to those who are challenged by the bureaucracy, their disability or are unable to act on their own behalf and, we empower people to advocate for themselves.  For more information about us, visit www.disabilitylawco.org. To join our Charity Partners team, select Disability Law Colorado/The Legal Center from the list of charity partners or contact Julie Busby, 303.862.3507, jbusby@disabilitylawco.org.

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DKMS: We Delete Blood Cancer

DKMS is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the fight against blood cancer and blood disorders. Every year, over 140,000 people are diagnosed with blood cancers, such as leukemia or lymphoma.  Many can be saved with a bone marrow transplant.  DKMS recruits and registers potential bone marrow donors and facilitates bone marrow donations to provide patients with a second chance at life. For more information, contact Michelle McCaffrey, michele@dkms.org.

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Domus Pacis Family Respite

A nonprofit organization created with the entire Family in mind.

Domus Pacis Family Respite serves nominated individuals (and their families) diagnosed with a wide range of cancer types, regardless of stage and prognosis, from every corner of Colorado. A week of respite may mean time to digest and process information for those who have been newly diagnosed … it may mean time with family to recover from previous treatment and strengthen for treatment to come … or, it may mean time to create final memories or remember and memorialize a loved one. The impact of this week cannot be adequately described though the words comfort, peace and joy are often shared. The organization anticipates hosting 100+ families annually. For more information visit www.domuspacis.org; to join our Charity Partners, contact Duck at runcolfax@domuspacis.org or 970.547.4745.

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Doreen Katz Memorial Cancer Foundation

Making sure Cancer doesn’t Cancel Futures.

Cancer is always a scary diagnosis, even more so when it’s your parent that has received that news.  With schools now charging families directly for most everything like advanced placement classes, field trips, playing sports or musical instruments, children of cancer patients could miss out on a complete education.  That’s where the Doreen Katz Memorial Cancer Foundation comes in.  We are there to make sure that every child can take whatever classes they desire, regardless of their parent’s cancer diagnosis.  In addition, we provide a therapist to work with the child and the family.  For more information about us, please visit http://doreenkatzmemorial.org.  For information about our Colfax Marathon charity partner team, contact Adam Katz, adam@doreenkatzmemorial.org or 720-530-9482.

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Dorothy Murray Foundation

The Joy of Giving Creates a Great Life.

Each year, the Dorothy Murray Foundation recognizes academic excellence and lifelong learning through the Dorothy Murray Academic Award.  The Dorothy Murray Academic Award provides financial aid and educational resources for students to acquire a secondary education.  Our foundation was established to help preserve the Jamaican culture and heritage by investing in human and community development.  We are a nonprofit organization that supports academic excellence, self-directed learning, and lifelong learning. We also participate in community projects and youth programs. For more information about our foundation, visit http://www.dorothymurrayfoundation.com.  To join us in the Colfax Marathon, contact HenryCraig Murray, henrycraig@dorothymurrayfoundation.com

DSST – Green Valley Ranch High School

DSST Public Schools transforms urban public education by eliminating educational inequity and preparing all students for success in college and the 21st century. To learn more about DSST Public Schools, please visit http://www.dsstpublicschools.org/  For information about participating with us in the Colfax Marathon, contact Madeline Jensen, maddy.jensen@scienceandtech.org

Energy Outreach Colorado

Seniors on fixed incomes, families facing sudden job loss or medical emergencies, individuals with life-altering disabilities…these types of low-income Coloradans can be so devastated by unaffordable energy costs. Energy Outreach Colorado’s mission is to help Coloradans afford home energy so they can remain warm and safe in their homes. We provide energy bill assistance payments directly to the customer’s utility provider, as well as education about energy consumption and conservation. All Colorado families need affordable, reliable energy in their homes. To learn more, visit energyoutreach.org. To learn more about Energy Outreach as a charity partner, contact Tess Richey, trichey@energyoutreach.org.

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Engineers without Borders – Rocky Mountain Professionals

HELP US ENGINEER CHANGE!

Engineers Without Borders – Rocky Mountain Professionals mission is to build a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.  Currently, EWB-RMP is working with indigenous communities is the remote mountainous Ixil region of Guatemala to ensure consistent and sufficient access to clean drinking water.  To learn more about our projects visit us at www.ewb-rmp.org.  For more information about our participation as a Colfax Marathon charity partner, contact Leah Pope, officers@ewb-rmp.org.

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Environmental Learning for Kids

Inspire, Educate, Transform.

Do you remember the first time that you ever caught a fish, or really looked at the stars on a camping trip – far away from the smog of the city? With an overarching dream to provide all youth these influential opportunities, ELK is an inclusive non-profit organization that develops inspired and responsible leaders through science education and outdoor experiences for underserved, urban youth ages 5-25. As a third year Colfax Marathon Charity Partner, we would be honored for your support, or for you to join our awesome team of runners! To learn more about ELK, visit our website at www.ELKkids.org . To join our team of runners, please contact Christina Hoffman at choffman@elkkids.org

 

 

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Family Tree, Inc.

For over three decades, Family Tree has provided innovative, life-changing services designed to end child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. As the only organization in the state to address the interconnectedness among these issues, Family Tree is changing how individuals, families and communities see, respond to and overcome them. In the past year, Family Tree provided services to tens of thousands of people in efforts to empower individuals to discover their own strengths to create lasting, positive change. Visit Family Tree to learn more about us. Our charity partners program contact is Rhonda Sheya.

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Food Bank of the Rockies

Fighting Hunger and Feeding Hope since 1978

1 in 7 Coloradans and nearly 1 in 4 Colorado children struggle with hunger and worry where they’ll find their next meal. Food Bank of the Rockies works to end hunger in our community. Last year, we distributed more than 53 million pounds of food through our programs and agency partners. 96 cents of every dollar we receive goes towards food distribution and each dollar becomes four meals for our neighbors in need. Learn more about us and how you can create your own fundraising page to email to your friends and family, so they can join with you to fight hunger and feed hope!

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Food for Thought

Because they’re all our kids

Food For Thought Denver provides PowerSacks of non-perishable food to low-income students at Denver Public Schools to take home for the weekend.  Bridging the hunger gap students experience between meals they receive at school during the week, FFT provides bags to more than 7,000 students at 20 different schools.  FFT is a 100% volunteer organization and 100% of your donations will be used to buy food for our program. Learn more about feeding hungry kids at www.foodforthoughtdenver.org.  To make a donation or to create a Crowdrise fundraising page on behalf of FFT to share with family and friends, visit https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/food-for-thought-denver/foodforthoughtdenver

Foothills Animal Shelter

Foothills Animal Shelter provides life-saving care to thousands of pets annually and offers adoption, lost and found, pet licensing and affordable medical services to the community. As an open admissions shelter, we never turn away an animal and it’s our mission to provide the best possible care for every animal that enters our doors. If you have questions about joining Team Foothills Animal Shelter, email Candace Lopez, clopez@fas4pets.org or call 720-407-5249. For more information about the Shelter, please visit http://www.foothillsanimalshelter.org.

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Gateway Domestic Violence Services

Serving the Victims of Domestic Violence in Aurora and Arapahoe County since 1977.

Gateway Domestic Violence Services’ mission is to prevent intimate partner violence through counseling, residential care and promoting social change.   Gateway provides quality services in a safe and confidential environment for all women, children and family pets who are victims of domestic violence. Gateway strives to promote community awareness through training, education, and networking. Gateway’s goal is to empower women and children in developing violence-free lives through crisis intervention, advocacy, and support services. Gateway endeavors to affect community awareness and ultimately change attitudes on issues of domestic violence. To learn more about us, visit www.gatewayshelter.org. For more information about our charity partner program, contact Jeneen Klippel, JKworden@gatewayshelter.com.

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Girls on the Run of the Rockies

AT GIRLS ON THE RUN, THE FINISH LINE IS JUST THE BEGINNING. 

Girls on the Run is an after school empowerment program for girls in 3rd-8th grade – giving them skills and experiences to navigate their world confidently and to unleash thgo teameir limitless potential!  We teach girls life skills through a curriculum of engaging lessons and fun running activities. At each season’s conclusion, the girls complete a celebratory 5k run that gives them a lifelong memory of accomplishment. Visit www.girlsontherunrockies.org to learn more! To run with us, contact Karen MacFarquhar, karen.macfarquhar@girlsontherun.org

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GO4GRAHAM

Moving for Mental Health

GO4GRAHAM is a movement for mental health. It is a group of runners, bikers, and activists who are raising awareness and fighting the stigma of depression. GO4GRAHAM supports the University of Colorado Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center and their groundbreaking work. It was created to honor our brother, friend, and son, Graham Stingley, who suffered from depression throughout his short yet profound life. Graham died at the age of 23 from a drug interaction with his depression medication. To learn more about us, visit www.go4graham.org. For more information about our participation with the Colfax marathon, contact Will Stingley, wstingley@gmail.com.

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High Line Canal Conservancy

Connecting Communities – Connecting Nature  – from the foothills to the plains

The High Line Canal Conservancy’s mission is to preserve, protect and enhance the 71-mile Canal — in partnership with the public. Along with Denver Water and all eleven jurisdictions, the Conservancy is connecting stakeholders in support of comprehensive planning to ensure that the Canal is protected and enhanced for future generations. Join us to help our treasured Canal trail reach its greatest potential along not just some, but all of its 71 miles. For more information about our efforts, visit highlinecanal.org. To learn about our donation program, contact Lindsay Moery at Lindsay@highlinecanal.org or call us at (720) 767-2452.

 

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Hope Shines

A Small Group of People Making a BIG Impact.

We are small but we act BIG! Hope Shines is an international nonprofit focused on enhancing and improving the lives of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in Rwanda, Africa. We create unique and tailored programs in education and health care that organically empower these youth to rise up out of poverty. A holistic approach to breaking down barriers to success is our goal. We do this through strong partnerships and aligning with government standards in education and health. To learn more about us, visit www.hopeshines.org. For information about our Colfax Marathon Charity Partners “team”, contact Dan Gladden, dan@hopeshines.org.

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Huntington’s Disease Society of America, RMC

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America is the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s Disease. From community services and education to advocacy and research, HDSA is the world’s leader in providing help for today and hope for tomorrow for people with Huntington’s disease and their families.  Huntington’s Disease is an inherited brain disorder that results in the progressive loss of both mental faculties and physical control.  Presently, there is no cure. Although medications can relieve some symptoms, research has yet to find a means of slowing the deadly progression of HD.  For more about us, visit our web site.  Want to join us in the Colfax Marathon?  Contact Marcella DeVargas, mmdevargas@q.com.

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I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County

The “I Have A Dream” Foundation’s mission is to empower children from low-income communities to succeed in school, college, and career by providing academic, social and emotional support from elementary school through college, along with postsecondary tuition assistance. Since we began in 1990, we have served over 1,000 in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School districts. Learn more about how you can help youth in your community succeed at www.IHaveADreamBoulder.org or contact Kasia Szewczyk at kasia@ihaveadreamboulder.org or 303-444-3636 x 15.

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IASLC Foundation

The IASLC Foundation was established in 2014 is to facilitate educational and scientific purposes within the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, notably to fund fellowships and young investigator awards for researchers around the globe working to find new ways to conquer thoracic malignancies. For more information about joining our Charity Partners runners, contact John Skadow, john.skadow@iaslc.org

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Inner City Health Center

Quality Healthcare for All – Your Doctor, Your Dignity

For 34+ years, Inner City Health Center has provided quality health care for those without insurance, and those who are under-insured.  We treat patients who are covered by Health First Colorado (formerly Medicaid and CHP+) and Medicare.  Many providers in the private sector won’t accept Health First etc. coverage.  We integrate medical, dental, and counseling services to ensure each patient, and his/her family, receive everything they need to establish and maintain a healthy quality of life.  We treat patients from all over the metro Denver area – and from other parts of Colorado.  Patients can access prenatal, pediatrics, men’s, women’s and senior’s health care in the medical clinic.  Dental patients of all ages can receive a wide range of services; the only dental services we don’t provide are implants and orthodontics. We are authorized and honored to treat Veterans.  Patients can always schedule appointments in a timely fashion.  Above all, we are a faith based health care center which means each patient, each family, is embraced and met where they are, and we walk with them on the path toward health, no matter the distance of that path.

JDRF Rocky Mountain Chapter

Improving Lives – Curing Type 1 Diabetes

Did you know as many as 3 million Americans are living with type 1 diabetes (T1D)? This includes kids, teens and adults; all dependent on insulin to survive. Unrelated to diet or lifestyle, T1D is an autoimmune disease that carries the constant danger of life-threatening complications. There are no days off, and there is no cure. JDRF is the leading global organization focused on T1D research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers, JDRF has grown to become the largest charitable funder of T1D research. Our goal is simple: we want to create a world without T1D. Will you join Team JDRF and help turn Type One into Type None? For more information or to join Team JDRF, visit www.jdrf.org or contact Ruth Hendren at 303-209-7718 or rhendren@jdrf.org.

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Jeffco Schools Foundation

Big Ideas.  Bright Futures.

The Jeffco Schools Foundation has provided innovative resources to the 86,000 students and 12,000 employees of Jeffco Public Schools since 1983. Last year, the Foundation partnered with more than 200 schools and community organizations to make sure all students have access to a world-class education, including programs that expand after school and summer opportunities, improve student career and college readiness, promote early literacy, recognize outstanding students and employees and much, much more. To join our Charity Partner running group or to register a Jeffco team, contact Emily O’Winter at eowinter@jeffco.k12.co.us. To learn more about the Jeffco Schools Foundation, please visit www.jeffcoschoolsfoundation.org.

Judi’s House

Hope and Healing for Grieving Children and Families

Judi’s House was founded on the belief that all bereaved children and families should have access to effective and compassionate care. Judi’s House is the only free-standing organization in the Metro Denver area dedicated specifically to helping grieving children. Our mission is to help children and families grieving a death find connection and healing. Since inception, Judi’s House has provided care to more than 7,700 children and caregivers—completely free of charge—toward our vision that no child should be alone in grief. We believe that investing in these vulnerable children will help them build resilience and the coping skills they need to adjust to their loss, and handle future challenges. To learn more about Judi’s House, please visit www.judishouse.org. To learn about our participation in the Colfax Marathon contact Ashly Perez de Tejada, ashlyp@judishouse.org,  or 720-941-0331 x218.

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KIPP Colorado Schools

KIPP Colorado is a network of five open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools in Denver. Our mission is to equip students with the academic skills and character strengths necessary to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond. Through collective hard work and commitment, KIPP students complete college at a rate that is above the national average for all students and four times higher than that of students from similar economic backgrounds. We understand that it takes the support of our community to best support our students. Thank you for being part of our Team & Family. For more information about us, visit www.kippcolorado.org. To run with us, contact Stephanie Gordon, sgordon@kippcolorado.org.

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Lily Grace Foundation

Helping each child challenged by ASD (or any neurological disorder) to reach their fullest potential!

The Lily Grace Foundation believes each child challenged by a neurological disorder has the fundamental right to reach their fullest potential.  To help achieve this, we offer educational programs for students and educators, individual scholarships for alternative therapies (which insurance carriers typically will not cover), resources and much needed respite care for overwrought caregivers.  Currently, we are running a pilot program in an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) classroom to help integrate ASD students into general ed classrooms by teaching them self-regulating and calming skills.  With these education programs along with medical scholarships and caregiver support, we hope to make an impact in the lives of many children who otherwise would not have this type of opportunity for personal growth and expansion.  Visit www.lilygracefoundation.org for more about us.   Contact:  Amanda Shannon, amanda@proactivewellness.com or 720-524-7747.

 

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Littleton Public Schools Foundation

Strong Schools; Strong Community

Providing a quality education for every child is at the forefront of our purpose and we are committed to generating financial resources and building community partnerships that enhance student and staff success in all of our 22 neighborhood schools. In existence since 1991, we’ve provided over $5 million in funding to Littleton Public Schools and have made an impact in every school and all subjects, including the areas of the arts, STEM and physical education.  The LPS Foundation is focused on connecting industry, business and community to education and building long-standing partnerships that will benefit all students and inspire future generations. To join our Charity Partner running team or to register a relay team, please contact Beth Best at 303.347.3478.  To learn more about the Littleton Public Schools Foundation, please visit www.LPSFoundation.com

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Love Takes Root

Cultivating the future of children worldwide.

LOVE Takes Root is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating the future of children worldwide. We help children around the world facing dire circumstances by delivering basic aid, education, and the seeds for a sustainable future. In 2011, we were called to Haiti where we relocated and rebuilt an orphanage reduced to rubble by the 2010 earthquake. For sustainability, we also built a primary school, secondary school and medical/dental clinic.  LOVE Takes Root is an Iowa-based, volunteer-led, grassroots organization that embraces the values of hard work, neighborliness, and compassion. We encourage you to join us in our mission by becoming a ROOTS Runner and joining a dedicated group of givers who pound the pavement, raising funds for our mission while training for and racing a half-marathon or marathon. To learn more about us, please visit www.lovetakesroot.org. To learn more about our involvement in the Colfax Marathon, contact Lindsey Lavely, lindseylavely12@gmail.com.

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Lutheran Family Services – Rocky Mountains

Heal. Strengthen. Hope.

Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains has been helping children and families during their most challenging times for 70 years. Every day our services give hope, strength, and healing to the most vulnerable in our communities.   As one of the largest refugee resettlement agencies in Colorado, our Refugee & Asylee Programs serve newly resettled refugees living in the Rocky Mountain region. Through this program, refugees find housing, employment support and case management services. Refugees bring with them more than just a few belongings when they resettle to the U.S.; they bring their passions, hope and determination. Run with us! Contact Kate Strebe, kate.strebe@lfsrm.org for details and for more information visit: www.lfsrm.org/Events.

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LYRIC (Learn Your Rights in Colorado)

LYRIC (Learn Your Rights in Colorado) is an organization that is founded by Colorado lawyers who are passionate about teaching kids about their Constitutional rights. Our organization started when the founding attorneys realized how many of their juvenile clients did not understand their Constitutional rights during police contacts. We have more than twenty active volunteers who consist of practicing lawyers and law students who are eager to empower children to exercise their Constitutional rights if they are found in a situation involving law enforcement. We have partnered with over twenty Colorado High Schools and several organizations to pursue our mission to make sure that kids across Colorado know their rights and can use them safely and confidently. To learn more about us, visit http://www.lyricolorado.com.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Michael Juba, juba@hardyjuba.com

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Make-A-Wish® Colorado

Share the Power of a Wish®

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The mission and message of the Make-A-Wish Foundation are about the life-affirming, hope-giving aspect of the wish experience. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado was founded in 1983 by Joan Mazak, the current CEO and president. 30 years later, Make-A-Wish is proud to have been able to grant every eligible referred child’s wish, totaling nearly 4,000 wishes in total, an average of 250 wishes a year to eligible Colorado children. For more information visit www.colorado.wish.org and to join out Charity Partners team, contact Patti at pforsythe@colorado.wish.org or 303-750-9474.

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McGlone Academy

McGlone Academy, located in Montbello, is a proud Denver Public School, serving a student population that is 94% low-income, 98% minority, 62% English Language Learners, 9% Special Education and 100% college bound. School enrollment is now at full capacity due to consistent improvement; we have 800 students!  We are an innovation school and have seen incredible success, catapulting ourselves from one of the lowest-performing schools to 8th in the State.  Four years ago we were a red school on the school performance framework; now we are a green school. Run with us and raise funds for Denver students! We are Montbello PROUD!  Hear from our amazing kids.  For more information about running for us, contact Theresa Murphy, Theresa_Murphy@dpsk12.org.

 

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Mental Health Center of Denver

The Mental Health Center of Denver improves the lives of children, adults and families through its diverse and innovative community-based programs and partnerships. As a private, not-for-profit community mental health center, we provide mental health, integrated primary care, substance abuse, housing, educational and employment services in an environment that respects the individual. The Mental Health Center of Denver is building stronger and healthier communities by giving people the chance to live richer, more meaningful lives. For more information about how to join our charity partner team, contact Eric Brody, Eric.Brody@MHCD.org.

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Mercy Housing Colorado

Because home is just the beginning.

Mercy Housing provides homes for families, seniors, veterans and people with special needs who struggle to find quality, safe housing that is affordable. For more than 152,600 residents across the U.S. that we serve on any given day, home is just the beginning. Mercy Housing residents have a full spectrum of affordable housing options and supportive programs, reinforcing that home is where stable, successful lives begin. To learn more, visit mercyhousing.org. To learn more about our charity partner program, contact Jennifer Reed, jreed@mercyhousing.org.

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Metropolitan State University of Denver

Come Run with Us!  MSU Denver is transforming lives, communities and higher education by providing access to high-quality educational opportunities in an inclusive environment that prepares students for lifelong success in the Denver community and beyond.  Your support, paired with the lowest tuition of all Colorado four-year public institutions, provides life-changing experiences for our students as they pursue their educational goals. Because of you, our students continue to benefit from small classroom sizes and a low student-to-faculty ratio, increasing student retention and graduation rates. Together, we are transforming lives. Contact Brandi Rideout to join our Charity Partner team, brideout@msudenver.edu.

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Mile High United Way

Give. Advocate. Change Lives.

When you donate or volunteer for Mile High United Way, your gift is invested in the community through programs, services, and impact partners that show proven results. We envision a community where people can thrive, and believe great things happen when you LIVE UNITED. By supporting Mile High United Way through the Colfax Marathon Charity Partners Program, you help create opportunities for everyone to thrive:

Children – In Metro Denver, 1 in 3 third graders is not yet reading at grade level.  Your gift helps change the odds. Because of you, 47,000 kids are now strong readers and more likely to be successful in school.

 Youth – In Metro Denver, 1 in 4 high schoolers is not graduating on time.Your gift helps improve their chances. Because of you, more than 90,000 students are on the path to high school graduation.

Adults – In Metro Denver, 1 in 4 people live in poverty. Your gift helps make lives more stable. Because of you, more than 90,000 adults are equipped to enter the workforce and provide stability for their families.

AND OUR WORK IS NOT YET DONEFor more information, please contact events@unitedwaydenver.org.

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Mirror Image Arts

Empowering youth to use their voice for change.

Mirror Image Arts is dedicated to using theatre as a language to inspire dialogue, encourage awareness and promote action in order to build a strong, compassionate and empowered community.  Our current programs are geared toward helping 4th-8th grade students engage in open dialogue about preventing bullying in their schools. In our first two years alone, we’ve reached more than 650 students in schools across Colorado, encouraging them to “Use your voice because your voice matters!” To learn more about us, visit  www.MirrorImageArts.org. For info on joining our Charity Partners team, contact Adam at a.standard@mirrorimagearts.org.

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MOPS International

MOPS International encourages and equips moms of young children to realize their potential as mothers, women and leaders, in relationship with Jesus, and in partnership with the local church. We are passionate proponents of the influence of women and the value of motherhood. With a presence in 48 countries, MOPS aims to build circles of women who love each other like family because we believe in the transformative potential of relationships and mentoring. For information about joining our Colfax running team, please contact Marilee Belote at mbelote@mops.org.

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Move for Hunger

Move For Hunger is a nonprofit organization that works with the relocation industry to help strengthen the efforts of our nation’s food banks.  By working with movers, Realtors, and corporate housing providers, our partners offer to pick up the unopened, non-perishable food items during the moving process and deliver it to local food banks.  To date, Move For Hunger has successfully delivered over 7 million pounds of food, works with over 650 movers and are in all 50 states.  By delivering this much needed food, Move For Hunger is providing relief for hungry Americans struggling to find their next meal.  For more information about us, visit www.moveforhunger.org.  To join our charity partner team, contact Emily Cebulski, emily@moveforhunger.org.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness – Colorado

National Alliance on Mental Illness Colorado (NAMI) is dedicated to building communities of recovery and hope by educating, supporting and advocating for individuals affected by mental illness and their families. NAMI Colorado provides: free education classes about mental illness to the community; support groups for those with mental illness and their families; and political advocacy for all concerned. For more information on how NAMI helps visit www.namicolorado.org and to learn more about our Colfax Marathon charity partner program, contact Elsa Erickson at 303-321-3104.

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National Kidney Foundation

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk. NKF exists to eliminate preventable kidney disease and ensure no one dies waiting for a transplant. For more information or to join Team Kidney, visit https://team.kidney.org/event/colfaxmarathon or contact Annie Olson at 720-748-9991 ext. 451 or Annette.olson@kidney.org.

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National M.S. Society

The National MS Society helps each person affected by MS in our area address the challenges of living with MS. We help by raising funds for cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education and providing programs and services that empower people with MS and their families to move their lives forward.

  • We offer many programs — including professional counseling and peer facilitated support groups, educational programs and seminars, referrals to neurologists and healthcare professionals, national teleconferences and internet programs, services for the homebound, and social and recreational programs to assist people with MS and their families in leading productive and fulfilling lives.
  • Our community support helps to fund our local programs and accelerate worldwide research projects to ensure no opportunity is wasted. Generosity can come from anywhere. We are thankful to our members and their friends, corporate partners and the general public who help us raise the money to move us closer to a world free of MS.

Learn more about our work at www.nationalMSociety.org and join us by contacting Christina at Christina.carro@nmss.org or 303.698.5433.

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National Sports Center for the Disabled

Enabling the Spirit Through Sport

The National Sports Center for the Disabled is one of the largest outdoor therapeutic recreation agencies in the world. Each year, thousands of children and adults with disabilities take to the ski slopes, mountain trails and golf courses to learn more about sports – and themselves. With specially trained staff and its own adaptive equipment lab, the NSCD teaches a variety of winter and summer sports and activities to individuals with almost any physical, cognitive, emotional, or behavioral diagnosis. To join our charity team, contact Cody Galloway at 303.633.5802 or cgalloway@nscd.org. To learn more about the NSCD please visit www.nscd.org.

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New Legacy Charter School

New Legacy Charter School offers a two-generational education program to pregnant and parenting teens and their children in northwest Aurora. NLCS currently serves 95 high school students and 72 children through three main programs: college prep high school that pushes students to reach beyond high school diploma or GED; an on-site, high-quality early childhood education center reducing a significant barrier to their parent’s attendance; and a hands-on parenting program to teach positive parenting skills. The school’s vision is to see young families creating a legacy of education leading to compelling careers, financial independence, and positive parenting.  For more information, check out our website: http://www.newlegacycharter.org/  or visit us on facebook  https://www.facebook.com/newlegacycharterhigh.  For more information about our participation as a Colfax Charity Partner, contact Cindy Barajas, cbarajas@newlegacycharter.org.

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No Kill Colorado

No Kill Colorado wants Colorado to be the safest state for homeless pets.

We have saved lives through such efforts as Just One Day, 100 dogs of Antonito and our campaign to restructure/improve the Fremont Animal Shelter. Our volunteers coordinated a spay/neuter event for feral/community dogs and cats as well as adoptathons and letter campaigns to improve shelter conditions and eliminate breed specific legislation.  Please consider joining us to help save shelter pets. And run with us in the Colfax Marathon!  Visit https://www.razoo.com/story/No-Kill-Colorado  for more information.  Questions?, contact Mary Hall, shibagal1@gmail.com

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Oasis for Orphans

TEAM Oasis is a dynamic and diverse group of heroes who run, walk, bike, swim, and more for the rescue and development of vulnerable orphaned children in southwest Kenya.  As a team, we hope to raise enough to get the next 80 kids started in the Oasis program AND sponsored for their entire first year!  Register for any Race. Raise money. Rescue a child.”   https://oasisfororphans.org/team-oasis/  For more information about joining us in the Colfax, contact Amy Teather, amyteather@oasisfororphans.org.

One Colorado Education Fund

One Colorado Education Fund’s mission is to secure and protect equality and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Coloradans and their families. Through the Education Fund, we provide educational programming on LGBT issues, conduct research to understand public opinions, mobilize a community of LGBT people and straight allies, and develop campaigns to build public support for fairness and equality. For more information about our charity partners program, contact Becca Moser, beccam@one-colorado.org, 303-396-6170 x 109 or 949-291-1990.

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Operation Walk Denver

Restoring the joy of walking.

Operation Walk Denver is a not-for-profit volunteer medical services organization that provides free surgical treatments for patients in developing countries and in the United States. These patients suffer from debilitating bone and joint conditions, such as arthritis, and do not have access to medical care. Operation Walk Denver also educates local orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and other health care professionals on the most advanced treatment of hip and knee joint diseases. Founded in 1994, Operation Walk teams have operated on hundreds of patients in Russia, Cuba, Nepal, China, the Philippines, Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico and the United States.  For more information about our participation as a Charity Partner, contact Rachael Fischer, rachael.fischer@centura.org.  For more about us, visit http://www.operationwalkdenver.org.

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Overture

Orchestrating a medley of possibilities for people with intellectual and development disabilities.

Overture supports and respects the wants and desires of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through Person-Centered programs defined by self-direction, choice, and meaningful opportunities. We strive to be a leader in our field, as well as a partner to our local community, through education, communication, and mindful, Person-Centered supports. Our current programs include Residential Services, Day Services, Behavioral Services, Supported Living Services, and Children’s Extended Services. At Overture, all persons have the right to make choices and pursue opportunities to be the person they want to be: your life, your choice.  For more information about us, visit www.overturecolorado.com. To learn more about running to represent Overture at any of the Colfax Marathon events, contact Crystal Porter at 720-496-2605 x101 or cporter@overturecolorado.com.

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PawsCo

Do what you can, when you can. Adopt. Foster. Volunteer. Donate. Save Lives.

PawsCo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to reducing pet overpopulation with a comprehensive approach.  PawsCo includes three divisions:  Spay/Neuter, Pet Food Drive and Adoptions.  PawsCo’s Spay/Neuter division provides spay and neuter services to Colorado communities.  PawCo’s Pet Food Drive division aims to keep pets with their families by providing food through local food banks.  The PawsCo Adoptions division is an all-breed rescue, pulling dogs and cats from underserved shelters, with a focus on helping Colorado pets in need.  All pets live in foster homes until adopted.  PawsCo is a volunteer run organization committed to collaboration, education and efficient operation.

Visit www.pawscoadoptions.org for more information about us.  To learn more about our charity partner team, contact Tiana Nelson, tiana@pawscoadoptions.org.

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Peter Knuti Memorial Foundation

Peter Knuti Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit created in memory of Peter Knuti, who died of cancer at age 16.  Peter lived his life with humor, character, and compassion and consistently put others before himself.  Continuing the work that Peter started, we provide financial assistance to individuals facing medical crises, support local and global humanitarian projects, and award the Peter Knuti Humanitarian Scholarship annually to the graduating Wheat Ridge High School senior who most exemplifies the qualities Peter embodied during his short life.  For more information, email info@peterknuti.org or visit http://www.peterknuti.org

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Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Care. No matter what.

A Century of Care & Compassion.  For 100 years, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) has provided high-quality, nonjudgmental, compassionate care to every person who walks in our door. In 2016, nearly 100,000 patients came to our health centers across Colorado, New Mexico, Southern Nevada, and Wyoming, and more than 70,000 right here in Colorado — that’s every seat filled at Sports Authority Field at Mile High! Nationally one in five women will go to a Planned Parenthood health center in her lifetime. At PPRM, we not only provide the care and information people need to live their lives, we also advocate for every person’s access to our lifesaving services. We will continue this important work for the next 100 years. Visit pprm.org for more information, or contact Lauren Archuletta at lauren.archuletta@pprm.org to learn how to get involved.

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Project C.U.R.E.

Delivering Health and Hope to the World.

PROJECT C.U.R.E. was founded in 1987 to help meet the need for medical supplies, equipment and services around the world. Today, Project C.U.R.E.’s work and mission are more important than ever, helping to bridge staggering health resource gaps in the developing world by empowering doctors and nurses with the tools they need to treat disease, deliver vaccines, perform life-changing surgeries and ensure safe childbirth. Through the compassion of Project C.U.R.E.’s supporters, hospitals, rural clinics and community health centers all over the world are able to offer quality care and critical medical services to their most vulnerable patients, especially women and young children.  To learn more about us, visit www.projectcure.org.  To learn about our participation as a Colfax Marathon charity partner, contact Karen Rosen, KarenRosen@projectcure.org.

 

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Project COPE

Shed a ray of hope on our neighbors in need by donating to Project COPE.

Project COPE provides utilities payment assistance to families and individuals struggling financially due to a personal crisis or emergency. Project COPE is the only local organization that dedicates its entire funding to utilities payment assistance year-round.  Project COPE funds bridge household utilities from a time of crisis to a chance for stability for Colorado Springs Utilities Customers.  Individuals and families receive a onetime grant to help move their utilities bill from past-due to current.  Grants generally average less than $400 per household.  Project COPE is entirely funded by donations and  matching funds from Colorado Springs Utilities.  To learn more about us, visit http://www.projectcopecs.org/  For information about our charity partner program, contact April Conway-Speake, aspeake@csu.org.

 

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Project Inti

We provide aid and education to families living in poverty in the high Andes of Peru.

Despite the growth in tourism to Machu Picchu, there remains widespread poverty in the rural regions. There is no emergency medical system and it can take 4-5 hours to walk to the first available medical clinic. We are raising funds to put together basic first aid kits and teach basic first aid and CPR to these families. Contact Angie Parris-Raney, angie@projectinti.org. More information, visit www.projectinti.org.

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Project PAVE

For more than 30 years, Project PAVE has worked to end violence in our community.  PAVE is committed to standing up for survivors and promoting healthy relationships. PAVE provides therapy and family support services to youth impacted by violence and violence prevention education and youth leadership programs to the community. PAVE annually reaches over 4,000 people with its therapy and violence prevention programming in Denver-metro area schools and other community organizations. All Project PAVE services are youth-focused and offered for free to the community. We hope you’ll join our team! For more information, www.projectpave.org or email twilliams@projectpave.org

Ralston House

Ralston House is a child advocacy center providing forensic interviews to children and youth who have been physically or sexually abused or who have witnessed violent crime.  The interviews are conducted in a warm and welcoming house-like setting.  Ralston House works closely with the District Attorney’s offices, police and social services.  All services are provided free of charge.  Ralston House serves the 1st and 17th Judicial Districts (Jefferson, Gilpin, Adams and Broomfield counties).  To learn more, visit ralstonhouse.net or contact Tara Roesener at troesener@arvada.org.

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Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation

Assisting Coloradans in Cancer Treatment.

Across Colorado, people in cancer treatment struggle to meet their basic needs: food, housing, prescriptions, and transportation. Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation responds to the urgent needs of Coloradans with cancer by providing financial assistance with dignity and humanity. Our applicants are in dire financial straits, many with no income due to loss of work as a result of treatment. The unrestricted financial assistance we provide is unique and personal, respecting grantees’ need to manage their own funds and expense priorities. Learn more about our story at www.rayofhopecolorado.org and join us to Run for Ray by contacting Luke Contreras at lcontreras@rayofhopecolorado.org.

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Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL)

Developing and Connecting People

The Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL) exists to develop and connect leaders who work collaboratively in diverse sectors and communities to create and sustain the health and well-being of people and the environment. RIHEL provides leadership training and other professional development experiences for health and environment professionals in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico. With over 850 graduates of its comprehensive leadership programs, RIHEL is also an association of vibrant, forward-looking health and environment professionals in the region.  To learn more about us, visit www.rihel.org.  For more information about running/walking for RIHEL, contact rihel.colfax@gmail.com, or call 303-871-3550.

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Restoration Project International

Enhancing Resilience and Building Capacity for Restoration.

Restoration Project International (RPI) was established in 2013 in Colorado. In collaboration with like-minded organizations, we expend resources to fight the global surge of sex trafficking (ST).  Despite evidence of the growing global scourge, very few perpetrators are convicted, while majority of its victims may never get help to be restored to normal life.  This problem requires our immediate attention; the more we turn deaf ears and blind eyes, the closer to home we may find its victims. Our Mission is to create an education platform for building resilience in female survivors of sex trafficking for economic empowerment; and to establish a framework for sustainability by engaging all stakeholders in restoration process.  Join us in this race to RAISE AWARENESS of the scourge of sex trafficking and RAISE FUNDS to help survivors regain their dignity, hope for a brighter future and restored into healthy communal life.  For more information about running please contact: William McNulty at info@restorationpi.org. Interested in our work? Check us out at www.restorationpi.org.

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Retriever Rescue of the Rockies

At our core, the Retriever Rescue of Colorado believes that all dogs deserve a safe and loving home.  We were formed in 2006 and have rescued almost 2,500 dogs in the years since.  We’re a completely volunteer run organization and that means that 100% of any money we raise goes directly to furthering our mission of rescuing abandoned, abused, neglected and unwanted retrievers as well as promoting public education on animal-related issues. For more information about our participation as a Colfax Marathon Charity Partner, contact Lisa Watkins, liwatkin@yahoo.com .

Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance

Rocky Mountain Cancer Assistance helps Coloradans in cancer treatment meet their household expenses while they seek treatment for their cancer diagnosis.  RMCA provides grants for food, housing, utilities, medical co-pays, and transportation.  All of our recipients are struggling to meet their basic needs.  Since RMCA was created we have helped over 6,300 individuals and given over $3.3 million in total assistance.  No qualified applicant has been turned down for assistance from our foundation.  Learn more about our work at www.rockymountaincancerassistance.org and join us to Run for RMCA by contacting Grace at grace@rockymountaincancerassistance.org.

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Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue

Rocky Mountain Lab Rescue finds new “forever homes” for Labrador Retrievers and Lab mixes. Most of our dogs come from out of state “high kill” shelters. These shelters are almost always full and many dogs are only given 4-5 days to find a new home before they are euthanized. We also work with local Lab owners who are unable to continue caring for their dog and have nowhere else to turn. We are a 100% volunteer organization and put every dollar towards these dogs’ well-being. All dogs are placed in foster homes and our biggest expense is veterinary care.  For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Janet at rockymountainlabrescue@gmail.com

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Rocky Mountain Prep

Rocky Mountain Prep is a public elementary charter school network in the Denver-metro area. Our mission is to prepare scholars in prekindergarten through fifth grade for success in a four-year college and life. Our rigorous academic preparation is combined with the character development and personalized support necessary for student success. Scholars and staff approach each day through our PEAK values: Perseverance, Excellence, Adventure, and Kindness. As a network, 86% of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch, 60% are English Language Learners, 87% identify as minority or non-white, and 10% receive special education services. On both the 2015 and 2016 PARCC assessment, we were the highest-performing elementary school in Denver serving a majority of low-income students.  Learn more at rockymountainprep.org or contact Rachel VanBrocklin, rvanbrocklin@rockymountainprep.org

Ronald McDonald House

Being alone in the hospital can be a traumatic experience, especially for children. And more than ever before, children in need of emergency treatment are being brought to Denver from rural Colorado and bordering states for expert medical care.  For the past 37 years, Ronald McDonald House® Charities of Denver has offered a loving home away from home to families needing to be near their seriously ill or injured children while they’re being treated at metropolitan area hospitals.  To learn more about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver, please visit our website, www.ronaldhouse.org. For more information about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Jonna Busack, jbusack@ronaldhouse.org.

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Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation

The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation solicits contributions for Saint Joseph Hospital to assist in effectively carrying out their mission to reveal and foster God’s healing love by improving the health of the people and communities we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.  The Foundation takes inspiration from the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, the founders and owners of Saint Joseph Hospital. Since 1873 the Sisters have been committed to providing for the health care needs of the greater Denver community through the services of Saint Joseph Hospital.  For more information about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Cristina Gonzales, cristina.gonzales@sclhs.net.  For more about us, visit https://www.sclhealth.org/locations/saint-joseph-hospital-foundation/

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Second Wind Fund

Your Community.  Your Kids.

Since 2002, Second Wind Fund has connected children and teens at risk of suicide with professional, specialized mental health counselors and paid for their treatment! It is truly a life-saving program, available to children and teens who have no other access to care. In recent studies, more than 6% of high school and middle school students reported having seriously considered suicide. Second Wind Fund brings hope and healing to these young people by helping them discover positive ways to overcome the problems they encounter. Since 2002, more than 4,300 children and teens have benefited from Second Wind Fund’s unique and highly effective program.  Visit www.thesecondwindfund.org to learn more about us.  For information about our work with the Colfax Marathon Charity Partners program, contact Chris Weiss, cweiss@thesecondwindfund.org

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Sewall Child Development Center

Sewall Child Development Center is dedicated to helping Denver’s children. Each year, Sewall provides over 600 children with high-quality early education and therapeutic supports. Sewall’s programs provide inclusive preschool and toddler classrooms, a home visitation program for young children with special needs, disability services through Head Start, a Diagnostic Clinic, family support programs, and so much more. Our focus on quality, families, community, and inclusion is at the heart of all we do. To learn more about Sewall and the difference we make for Denver’s children every day, visit www.sewall.org. Questions about the marathon or how to help Sewall as a Charity Partner? Call or email Maribeth Waldrep at mwaldrep@sewallchild.org, or 303-399-1800. Thank you for supporting Sewall!

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ShelterBox USA

Shelter Box - cropShelterBox is the premier international aid organization that provides shelter and life-saving equipment to survivors of natural and other disasters. The organizations instantly respond to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict and have helped over 140 disasters in more than 70 countries. Each box supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. Each box bears its own unique number so donors can track their box all the way to its recipient country. Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide.

To learn about our mission to provide shelter, warmth and dignity to disaster survivors around the world, please visit www.shelterboxusa.org.

Sobriety House

Treatment within reach.

Sobriety House is the oldest residential drug and alcohol treatment center in Colorado.  We’ve been in the community for 50 years!  We are a state-licensed nonprofit organization offering the most affordable care for those seeking treatment for addiction.  The staff are experienced and passionate about helping our clients achieve lifelong sobriety!  Your support will allow us to continue and expand our work.  We would be honored to have you run for us!  For more information on our program, please visit our website at www.sobrietyhouse.org.  If you are interested in running for us, please contact Megan Farabaugh at meganf@sobrietyhouse.org or 720-446-6770.

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Special Olympics Colorado

Improving Lives Through Sports

Special Olympics Colorado provides year-round sports training and competition in 22 sports for 19,800+ athletes living in the state of Colorado.  With the support of more than 9,000 volunteers and the generosity of Colorado citizens, corporations, local businesses and runners like you, Special Olympics Colorado is able to offer more than 100 events annually to individuals with intellectual disabilities, age 2 1/2 and up.  Participation with other athletes, Unified partners (typically developing peers), coaches, sponsors and volunteers builds confidence and creates opportunities to participate as productive and respected members of society by increasing public awareness of the athletes’ capabilities.  We invite you to join our running team in order to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Colorado. If you are interested in participating contact Kaley Hattrup at khattrup@specialolympicsco.org.

 

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

As a St. Jude Hero, you’ll raise funds for the kids of St. Jude while you train for your race. The dollars that St. Jude Heroes raise help ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.  Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and they won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.  Do more with your race. Be a St. Jude Hero, and run for the kids of St. Jude.  If you have questions, please contact Paty Sands at paty.sands@stjude.org or 720-440-6400.

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Stepping Stone Communities

A HOME OF THEIR OWN.

Adults with developmental disabilities desire and deserve to live independently in a place of their own. However, safe and appropriate options are rare and financially out of reach for many of these adults.  Stepping Stone Communities is a group of parents, Stepping Stone staff and other friends of Stepping Stone who came together to create a nonprofit corporation called Stepping Stone Communities. Our mission is to provide adults with developmental disabilities with affordable, safe and integrated living opportunities. For more information please see steppingstonecommunities.org or contact info@steppingstonecommunities.com.

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Team RWB

It’s Our Turn

Over the next four years, 1.2 million service members will leave Active Duty and become Veterans. Though there are many Veterans’ service organizations, most focus on supporting Veterans from the point of injury to their release from Active Duty. Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s Veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Team Red, White & Blue is rooted in the belief that the best way to support veterans is by spending time with them and supporting them in personal and meaningful ways. Ultimately, the aim of Team RWB’s community-building program is to bring Veterans together with citizens in a way that enables them to establish authentic friendships. For more information visit: www.teamrwb.org.

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The Action Center

The Action Center is a human-service non-profit organization that changes the lives of more than 25,000 struggling residents of Jefferson County and the homeless each year by offering the single-most comprehensive range of services. We meet the immediate needs for our participants through crisis intervention and stabilization. Then, we provide participants with the resources needed to develop pathways to self-sufficiency, breaking the cycle of poverty and opening the door to a network of support. We do all of this while making sure to treat all of our participants with respect and dignity.  Learn more about our services, visit www.theactioncenterco.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Liz Matthews, lizm@theactioncenterco.org.

 

 

The Arc – Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin

Achieve with Us

If you know someone with autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome or other intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), then you know someone who has been helped by The Arc; either directly through advocacy or indirectly through our community development efforts. The Arc – Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties is part of the largest national organization of and for people with I/DD and their families, promoting and protecting their human rights and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community. We foster respect and access, giving people with I/DD the power to achieve their dreams. To learn more, visit www.arcjc.org. To learn more about our charity partners program, contact genni@arcjc.org.

The Elevation Project

It’s never a waste of time to invest in human potential.

The Elevation Project is redefining service learning as a transformative, equitable program, while building an environmental platform for the voices of our future leaders.  Students develop new ideas to better their own local communities, while learning the importance of why and how to make eco-friendly and sustainable choices. As globalization continues to break down barriers between individual economies, political systems and cultures, we are faced with an increasing need for strong leaders.  TEP lays the foundation for students to become global citizens by encouraging them to get involved both locally and internationally while providing them with necessary skills to do so through service.  For more information visit: www.TEPGlobal.org  To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Maria Burke, info@TEPGlobal.org or 303-325-4707.

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The Herren Project

The Herren Project provides assistance in taking the first steps toward recovery and a life of sobriety, educational programs, and resources to increase awareness on the signs of addiction and bring hope for a better tomorrow.  It’s areas of focus are:

  • Treatment Navigation for individuals and families, including after care and sober living options (many of the families we’ve helped even run with us).
  • Support Groups; Young Adult Recovery Group, Relapse Prevention Recovery Group, Wellness Recovery Action Plan Group (WRAP), Grief Recovery Group, Family Support Group
  • Mentoring and Recovery Coaching after treatment is completed; scholarships to clinics and camps for kids.
  • Preventative Education, and support of more than 500 student-led THP Project Purple Initiative sites across the country.
  • Scholarships for treatment and sober living when a need is demonstrated.

For more information, visit our web site.  http://www.theherrenproject.org/

The Learning Source

Sharing Knowledge – Furthering Opportunity – Creating Promise

The Learning Source’s mission is to promote and provide educational opportunities through collaborative partnerships for adults and families to support their future achievements. We support non-traditional adult learners in Colorado including those pursuing their GED, english language learners, prisoners, those wishing to transition to another industry, and Colorado families interested in improving their family’s literacy. To learn more about us, visit www.thelearningsource.org.  For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact  Jelena Subotic, jelena@thelearningsource.org

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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Team in Training – Together We Train to Beat Cancer

If you knew that training for an endurance event could help save someone’s life, would you do it? The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training (TNT), the world’s largest and most successful endurance sports charity training program, provides four to five months of certified coaching, a supportive group of teammates and fundraising advice to help you complete a marathon, half marathon, triathlon or cycling event. TNT arranges event entry and weekend logistics to the event of your choice – in locales from right here at home to around the country and across the globe. In exchange, participants raise funds to support blood cancer research and patient services. To learn more about joining us to run the Colfax Marathon contact Molly Smith at Molly.Smith@lls.org or visit us at www.teamintraining.org/rm.

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University Prep

In a city where only one in ten minority students from low-income families goes on to complete a four-year college degree, University Prep was founded to eliminate the achievement gap between urban students living in poverty and their more affluent peers – placing every child on the path to get to and through college without excuse. Founded in 2011, University Prep is a K-5 tuition free public charter school serving scholars and families in Near Northeast Denver. To learn more visit our website at www.uprepschool.org or contact Olivia Gallegos at ogallegos@uprepschool.org.

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Urban Outreach Denver

Urban Outreach Denver is a volunteer-driven organization that finds and meets needs of inner city Denver.  We do this through hunger relief and hot meals programs, summer kids camps, summer feeding programs, winter warmth, Bible studies and more.  We meet people where they are, bringing them hope through meaningful relationships.  We equip people to serve by utilizing volunteers from schools, churches and other organizations.  As they volunteer with us, they gain insights to take back and make a difference in their own communities.  When you donate to UO Denver, you bring hope to our city.  For more information, visit www.uodenver.org, contact our director, Isaac Olivarez at uodenver@gmail.com or (303) 242-9474.

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WalkDenver

PEOPLE ARE PEDESTRIANS BY DESIGN.

WalkDenver advocates for policies and practices that lead to a more walkable Denver. We are the go-to resource for creating safe, comfortable and fun places to walk. Our vision is that in 2040, Denver will be the most walkable (and runable!) city in the United States and as a result its residents will be the country’s healthiest and happiest, and its economy will be thriving. Visit www.walkdenver.org to learn about our Denver Deserves Sidewalks Campaign, tactical urbanism projects, Safe Routes to School Coalition, and other programs. For more information about running on behalf of WalkDenver, contact Gosia Kung, gosia.kung@walkdenver.org

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West Metro Fire Rescue Foundation

The West Metro Fire Rescue Foundation was incorporated in 1995 as a public, nonprofit foundation in order to promote life safety through community leadership, education and financial assistance in support of fire safety education programs. The Foundation funds programs led by West Metro Fire Fighters and employees to create a safe and fire free community. Our current funding efforts provide counseling to reduce Juvenile Fire Setter activity, and funds to build a fire station museum at Lakewood’s Heritage Center, a permanent home for fire and life safety education.  For more information or to make a charitable contribution please visit www.wmfrf.org. 

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Women’s Global Empowerment Fund

Creating opportunities, one woman at a time.

The mission of the Women’s Global Empowerment Fund is to empower women in post conflict northern Uganda, and elsewhere, through microfinance, social and political programs; creating opportunities while addressing inequality, strengthening families and communities.

Our strategy is to provide women with the framework necessary to create viable opportunities for themselves and their families. Through grassroots strategies, marginalized women are given the tools necessary to alleviate poverty thus facilitating sustainable development and empowerment. Our goal is to work for social justice, increased human security and women’s empowerment. For more information about us, visit www.wgefund.org. To become a fundraiser for us on our Colfax Marathon charity partners team please click here.

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World Child Cancer USA

No Child Should Suffer.

World Child Cancer USA improves cancer diagnosis, treatment, and care for children in the developing world, where 80% of children with cancer live. We do this by partnering hospitals in high-income countries with those at our projects in developing countries. By providing generic drugs and training local nurses and doctors, we have been successful in raising survival rates from less than 10% to 60% where we work. Join our team to help kids with cancer and save lives. For more information visit www.worldchildcancer.us and to run with us, contact LeAnn Fickes at leann.fickes@worldchildcancer.us.

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Zimbabwe Kidz

Would you send your child to a school that did not have clean water?

CLEAN WATER—-So necessary to life and health. So unavailable to some school children and communities in Zimbabwe, Africa.  There is a solution!!!!!!  ZIMBABWE KIDZ is committed to funding the drilling of wells at schools or churches that want to offer a preschool.  These wells will also serve the surrounding community so many benefit from the clean water.  The overall health impact of this endeavor is enormous.  For information, please contact Sharon at zimlady1014@outlook.com