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9Health Fair

When you own your health, you are in control.

9Health Fair’s sole mission is to encourage and empower people to own their health and help keep Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. 9Health Fair has served over 2.0 million individuals since inception, saving countless lives. The best part? Thousands of medical professionals volunteer their time to provide professional, easy and affordable health screenings to anyone and everyone. When you donate to 9Health Fair you help your communities own their health.  For more information about us, visit  To learn more about our Charity or Donations program, contact Brad Brunz at  or call us at 303-698-4455.


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 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.


Ability Connection Colorado


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 To learn more about our charity partners program, contact Haley Peitzmeier, .


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 For more information about our involvement in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Andrew Matznick,



Access Gallery

VSA Colorado/Access Gallery is an inclusive organization that works to increase economic opportunities for young people with disabilities. Through our innovative and collaborative programming we are taking a bite out of a 70% unemployment rate for people with disabilities in this country. VSAC is constantly creating new programs and earned income ventures that increase opportunities for youth and young adults with disabilities to thrive in a supportive environment where they are empowered to learn new art and business skills while cultivating their inherent talents.  From creating artwork to sell in a retired cigarette vending machine, to painting portraits of pets to creating work for boardrooms across the metro area. The gallery host rotating exhibits and is staffed by the young people in our programs. If you are ever in the area (909 Santa Fe) stop by.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Damon McLeese,


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,  For more information about us, visit


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!


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 To learn more about us, visit


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,


America SCORES Denver

America SCORES Denver provides over 320 Denver youth with soccer, creative writing and service learning opportunities each year. Through their participation in SCORES, Denver’s poet-athletes learn to lead healthy lifestyles, be engaged students, and become agents of change in their communities. SCORES combines team sports – increased physical activity, self-esteem, pride, teamwork and good sportsmanship – with an onsite academic program that builds critical literacy skills. SCORES helps students to build skills and values that will last a lifetime.

To join the SCORES running team, please visit

American Liver Foundation


Did you know that there are over 100 different kinds of liver disease that affect all age groups and all nationalities? Did you know that liver disease and cirrhosis are the 9th leading cause of death in Denver County and the 10th leading cause of death in Colorado? Research is improving daily, and new methods to manage these diseases are being developed all the time, but there is much more that still needs to be done. The American Liver Foundation is working hard but we need your support too! Let’s work together to make liver disease something that’s only written about in history books.  To join our charity partner team, please go to to register with our team once you have registered and paid at for the race Don’t forget to choose the American Liver Foundation as your benefactor when you register for your race(s).

By going to our Team Captain, Jennifer Durso will be able to communicate with you, as well as you’ll be able to fundraise for the American Liver Foundation through here. Please contact Juliane Swan,, 303-988-4388 if you have any questions or problems. To learn more about us, visit


American Transplant Foundation

Connecting People to Life.

The American Transplant Foundation is the only nonprofit in the state of Colorado that provides educational, financial, and emotional support to living donors, transplant recipients, and their families. We believe no one should die while waiting for a lifesaving transplant. Our mission is to save lives by reducing the growing list of women, men, and children who are waiting for transplant. We do this by maximizing living organ donation.  To learn more about our work or find out how you can get involved, please visit or contact us, / (303) 757-0959.


Animal Rescue of the Rockies

Every Pet Deserves a Home

Animal Rescue of the Rockies rescues “last chance” homeless dogs and cats from overcrowded municipal shelters and under-served rural shelters, placing them in loving foster homes until permanent adoptive homes are found. Many need emergency veterinary care or surgery that shelters can’t provide. All of our pets are spayed or neutered before adoption to reduce pet overpopulation. We encourage quality relationships between pets and their people through behavior resources and training – because every orphaned dog and cat deserves a loving forever home! Please visit our website at or email us at To join our charity partner team, contact Karen Martiny,


Arapahoe County HOPE

Running for H.O.P.E.

H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Excel) Arapahoe County is a non-profit program created by employees of the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services in Colorado that fills the needs of local individuals and families that can’t be met by formal welfare programs.  HOPE 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. Learn more about out our Colfax Marathon charity partner program, contact Nicki Watson,, 303-738-8051.  For more information about us, visit


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  For information about running for us in a Colfax Marathon event, contact Josh Pruyn,


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 or visit to learn more about our charity partner team.


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: To join our charity partners program, contact Vienna Brown,


Aurora Public Schools Foundation

Possibility becomes reality for EVERY student.

Established in 1987, the APS Foundation cultivates community investment to enrich student opportunities. We accomplish this by providing a robust scholarship program, facilitating support directly to schools and classrooms, and launching College and Career Centers in our high schools. College and Career Centers provide high school students with critical information on post-secondary options, and tools to help them find and pursue their goals after graduation. Aurora Public Schools has 40,000 students 4,200 teachers and staff, and 61 schools.  For more information about our charity partner’s team, contact Kiri Brenner at Learn more about our work at:

Aurora Warms the Night

Preserving the life, health and stability of Aurora’s men, women and children facing homelessness.

Aurora Warms the Night (AWTN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides shelter and comprehensive services for Aurora’s homeless.  We operate these services to ensure that families and individuals meet their most basic needs through shelter, food, clothing, health care clinic, mental health services, counseling and access to a variety of resources to transition out of homelessness.  AWTN has consistently been ranked a top non-profit by Great Nonprofits, ranked the highest status of Gold on GuideStar, and has partnered with local and state governments.  AWTN has proven itself a trustworthy charity.  Join us, along with our former clients who are now advocates for the Colfax Marathon.  Whether it is the 5K, 10-mile, half or full marathon, our team will be there for this fun weekend.  For more about us, visit To learn more about our charity partners program, contact Bob Seckman,


Autism Society of Colorado

To improve the lives of all affected by autism.

“You guys are amazing for all the things you do for the autism community! Thank you guys for all the amazing opportunities you give to us,” said a family affected by autism. Our vision is for ALL Coloradans affected by autism have ready access to services and supports needed to be safe, educated, healthy, productive, and lead fulfilling lives. We serve individuals with autism, families, providers, and educators throughout the state of Colorado. In the United States, 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. For more information about us, visit To learn more about our Charity or Donations Program, contact



Bags of Fun

Bringing joy, laughter and relief to every child fighting a life threatening disease or condition. 

Bags of Fun is thrilled to be a Colfax Marathon Charity Partner.  The signature project of The Gabby Krause Foundation is Bags of Fun.  Gabby Krause was an amazing six-year-old who died in September 2004 after a courageous 19-month battle with brain cancer.  It was Gabby’s wish that every child at the hospital could have their own Bag of Fun. Our mission is to deliver a custom Bag of Fun to every sick child in Colorado whose health and happiness is both compromised and threatened.  We exist to bring joy, laughter and relief to every child fighting a life-threatening disease.  You can join our team by emailing Windy Zucher,  To learn more about us, visit


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




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  To register as a runner please contact Adam at


Book Trust

At Book Trust, we imagine a world where literacy removes barriers and provides all children with the tools to navigate life successfully.  The Book Trust program empowers elementary school-aged children from low-income families to choose and own 2-3 books each month of the school year, inspiring a passion for reading and cultivating increased literacy skills and life-long learning. In addition to providing access to books, we offer resources and support to teachers and families. In the 2016-2017 school year, we are reaching 50,000 children in more than 170 schools across 18 states.  “Book Trust has created an environment where our kids LOVE to read. Students celebrate every month when they receive their Book Trust books!” – Book Trust Principal.  For more about us, visit  To learn more about running with us as a Colfax Charity Partner, contact Kristine McAuliff,



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 to learn more! For more information about our Charity Partners program, email


Breakthrough Kent Denver

Learn. Teach. Achieve.

Breakthrough Kent Denver launches motivated, under-resourced Denver Public Middle School students on the path to college and inspires high school and college students to pursue careers in education. We are a tuition free, educational non-profit program that provides our students and teachers with the tools necessary to facilitate their highest level of achievement. In 2015, 100% of Breakthrough alumni graduated from high school and 89% went on to pursue a college degree. Run with us to ensure our students have the opportunity and choice to succeed in high school and college. To learn more about us, visit To learn more about running with us, contact Sarah Dutcher,


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 To run with us and join the fun, please contact Lauren Ellison,


Cafe Cultura

Our Culture Heals Us

Café Cultura promotes unity and healing among Indigenous peoples through creative expression while empowering youth to find their voice, reclaim traditions, and become leaders in their communities. We organize an open mic night, conduct spoken word/poetry workshops for youth, and perform at community events throughout the state. We showcase the work of Chicana/o, Native American, Latina/o and other underserved communities while providing a safe space for young people to speak their truths, build community, and learn about issues affecting our communities. Run with us to help fund support our young people in telling their stories. Contact Ara at to do so. For more information about our work, please visit


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 or    To learn more about our Colfax Marathon Charity Partner team, contact  Melissa Hellmuth (



Cat Care Society

Enriching the lives of people and cats.

Cat Care Society (CCS) provides a safe haven for homeless and abused cats and kittens in the Denver Metro area. Our limited-intake, cage-free shelter provides adoption services, behavior counseling, humane education and community outreach programs to enhance the relationship between felines and their owners. Our on-site veterinary clinic, The Cat Clinic, provides all medical care for the shelter cats and offers services to the public. We offer high quality veterinary care at a reasonable price and we offer low-income assistance for qualifying families. Our mission is to enhance the lives of people and cats. Please visit our website at or email us at To join our charity partner team, contact Suellen Scott,


Celebrating Women’s Health

If Momma’s Not Healthy – Nobody is Happy

Celebrating Women’s Health provides critical information on health topics such as breast cancer including early detection and self breast exams, well-women exams, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental health, nutrition, and massage therapy and fun exercises for integrating health and faith. Our mission is to reach all women, regardless of race, economics or church affiliation and encourage them to come together to build personal strength through information, education and social networking. We host a one-day event that is free and open to all; it typically draws 300 people. We are a young and growing nonprofit that wants your support. Join our Charity Partner team and help us reach out to more women who need this critical information.

For more information, please contact Sherry Delaney at


Cherry Blossom Festival

The Cherry Blossom Festival is Colorado’s celebration of Japanese American culture. Held each year since 1972, the festival celebrates the Japanese American heritage through live entertainment, food and drink, arts and crafts, informative exhibits and demonstrations.  Entertainment includes: Denver Taiko, Japanese dance, koto and shamisen, and martial arts. Attendees will also find exhibits of ikebana (flower arrangement) and bonsai, and informative lectures on Buddhism. There will be a variety of food and drink, booths including arts and crafts vendors, and more. Festival dates are June 24th and 25th, 2017. For more information about the Festival, please visit  To learn more about our charity partner “team”, contact Shannon Umetani,

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:  To join our team, contact or (303) 863-1200.


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.


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 To learn more about our Foundation, visit

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,


Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation

Everyone deserves to play sports

The Colorado Adaptive Sports Foundation assists in providing the funding necessary and awareness of programs that allow for people of all ages with a physical disability the opportunity to increase independence, improve self-confidence, and to socially integrate themselves through participation in structured team sports and competition. Through collaborations with local school districts and hospitals, we reach out to families that have children born with a disability and help inspire people that suffer a disabling accident to get out and enjoy the energy that participation in sports can bring. Visit and help us help hundreds of people live fuller lives.


Colorado Beagle Rescue

The Colorado Beagle Rescue, Inc. (CBR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt organization operated 100% by volunteers who are dedicated to preserving the welfare of the Beagle breed. CBR relies completely upon tax-deductible donations to support itself. Donations help cover the cost of spaying/neutering, veterinary care, food, foster placement, transportation of dogs, identification tags, and basic administrative expenses, etc. The average fee to adopt a dog is $175, but the average cost to save a dog and pay for necessary medical expenses before adoption is $545. In 2016 alone, the Colorado Beagle Rescue placed 110 Beagle and Beagle mixes in their forever homes.  To join our Charity Partner running team or to register a relay team, contact Angela,  To learn more about the Colorado Beagle Rescue, please visit

Colorado Black Arts Festival

The Colorado Black Arts Festival (CBAF) is celebrating its 28th year of African diaspora arts and culture. CBAF is committed to educate and stimulate cultural awareness, cultivate harmony, pride, self-esteem and unity. Run for team CBAF to help provide a medium for local Black talent in the visual and performing arts. Be sure to visit us race day to enjoy treats and live music. Visit or email us at to learn more about our charity partner team.

Colorado Black Health Collaborative

Family has always been important in our community. The Colorado Black Health Collaborative (CBHC) believes that health is a family affair and they are the most valuable assets we have. We always celebrate birthdays, weddings, graduations, holidays, and other treasured moments in our lives. Just as we celebrate these momentous occasions, why not come together and celebrate good health. We work to improve and preserve our family heritage by sharing ideas and finding better ways to address healthy disparities in Black and African American communities.  To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Joslyn Hopkins, or 


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 or visit our website,

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  For more about working with us as a Colfax Marathon Charity Partner, contact Maggie Hanna,


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

Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation

At the Colorado “I Have a Dream”​ Foundation (CIHAD), we believe that every child deserves a quality education and every child has a fundamental right to reach his/hers highest potential. CIHAD offers a long-term academic and social mentorship program for youth who live in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in Metro Denver. Over the last 28 years, CIHAD has developed and fine-tuned a comprehensive one-on-one support and advocacy model for our participants who we affectionately call Dreamers. CIHAD sets expectations that all Dreamers will be prepared for college, obtain a degree, and will have a viable path for entry into the workforce. For more information, visit and to join our Charity Partners team, contact Andrea at or (303) 861-5005 (ext. 102).


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.


Colorado Jobs with Justice

Colorado Jobs with Justice is a long-term, formal coalition of labor, community, faith, student and youth organizations that come together to advance workers’ rights and social justice through building sustained relationships and taking direct action to create concrete change in the lives of working families. We are one of the oldest locals out of the more than forty, autonomous chapters of the Jobs with Justice network, with more than twenty-five years of fighting for working families and their communities. Jobs with Justice works on a range of issues from labor law reform to healthcare, from organizing campaigns to immigrant rights.  For more about us visit  To learn more about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Joe Deras,


Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance (COCA)

Providing support and promoting Awareness of Ovarian Cancer through Advocacy and Education

Founded in 2005, COCA provides SUPPORT to survivors through Nicki’s Circle Support Groups, our one-of-a-kind Ovarian Cancer Resource Guide, as well as COCACares Financial Assistance and Comfort Kit programs. COCA also ADVOCATES for excellence in health care for women with ovarian cancer, EDUCATING about early detection through statewide health fairs and via programs such as Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives®. Run Colfax for COCA then join us for “Jodi’s Race for Awareness” June 7th in City Park.

For more information about COCA and the Charity Partners program, or to register for Jodi’s Race, visit our website at You can also contact Jeanene Smith at


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,,

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,, 303-863-8141.



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 If you are interested in running for CYC, please contact  Leia Welsh at


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,


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,


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 For more information on COAW, visit



Court Support JeffCo

Accountability in Action

Court Support JeffCo, formerly known as Rewired Colorado, is a charitable organization that provides financial and in-kind donations to the problem solving courts of Jefferson County Colorado for their participants. Because these courts tackle the specific drivers of an individual’s problem behavior and enforce a rigorous protocol with high levels of accountability, there are often basic needs or incentives that are not available through the existing support systems of traditional courts. By providing means beyond the traditional, Court Support JeffCo supports successes beyond the traditional. For more information about our program, please contact Kristina Garcia,

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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  or visit


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 ( or call 303-639-9163 x3 or visit our website.


Cure HHT

The Cornerstone of the HHT Community

Cure HHT is the only nonprofit committed to finding a cure for an uncommon blood vessel disorder called Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT). About 1 in 5,000 people have HHT, but 90% of the population goes undiagnosed. This organization supports families, educates doctors, and works with scientists to find a cure for HHT.  Thousands of people are taking strides to raise awareness and funds to help this small, but mighty community. This Colfax Marathon HHT team is making a real difference for HHT. To learn more about HHT and the team, visit For more information, contact Allyson Clancy at


DCIS at Fairmont

At DCIS at Fairmont, the neighborhood, the region and the globe come together to create a context for the study of art, languages, social studies, mathematics and science that opens minds, spurs curiosity, creates cultural awareness, encourages communication and inspires leadership and action.  Our goal is to broaden opportunities for our students by broadening their horizons. We want to create a place where children can grow academically and culturally, a place that prepares them to excel in middle school, high school and college, and a place that will empower them to be active citizens, engaged in their communities and the world. For more information about our work with the Colfax Marathon charity partners program, contact  Sarah Al-Harj, .


Denver Children’s Home

Denver Children’s Home restores hope and health to traumatized children and families through a comprehensive array of therapeutic, educational and community-based services. Our services are designed to help children from Colorado and Wyoming, take ownership of their treatment, understand their reactions and responses to life events, accept responsibility for their actions, control their behavior and develop coping mechanisms for difficulties beyond their control. To learn more about us, visit  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Maria Garces, 720-881-3350,


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,

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 or visit


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  To learn more about our participation in the Marathon contact Rebeca Zuniga at or call 303-623.1463


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  To learn more about our Denver Kids, Inc. charity partner program, please contact  Kelsey Jacobs Grayson,


Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Believe it or not, one of the world’s great museums is right in your back yard! Experience dioramas that take you to Earth’s wildest places, dinosaurs that transport you back in time, out of this world space exhibits, and personalized health science fun. Our Phipps IMAX 3D Theater and Gates Planetarium take you to the edges of the world and into the middle of the action. Whether you have an hour or all day, explore real science and adventure that is sure to inspire. Your donation allows thousands of local kids a trip to the Museum to create memories.  For more about us, visit  For information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Sarah Young,


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,


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–80% have graduated or are still in school. For more information about us, visit To join our charity partner program, contact Ashleigh Arnall, Annual Fund Manager,


Denver Undy Run / Walk – Colon Cancer Alliance

The Denver Undy Run/Walk (9th Annual; June 24th in City Park) is organized by and for the Colon Cancer Alliance to make a positive impact in a fun, memorable and unique way. This event honors and empowers those affected by colon cancer, remembers those no longer physically here with us and spreads the message that colon cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable when detected early through screening.  The Colon Cancer Alliance’s mission is to knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers.  We are doing this by championing prevention, funding cutting-edge research and providing the highest quality patient support services. For more information locally contact John “Alto” Altomari; or nationally, Julie Fisher


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 For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon , Contact Rebecca Andruszka.


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  For more information about joining us in the Colfax Marathon, contact Marcia,



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 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,


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; to join our Charity Partners, contact Duck at or 970.547.4745.


Dora Moore ECE-8th School

Dora Moore has been a neighborhood school for 128 years and is the oldest school in Denver. Serving the Capitol Hill neighborhood, we service 350 students in grades ECE-8th.  Our community is just as diverse the neighborhood we serve. Our students are engaged, focused, and love their learning. We focus on the whole child and work hard to develop both academic and social emotional needs. With this diversity comes a diverse need in our school for support. We know we can’t do it alone.  The support from our community is essential for our success. Thank you for being apart of our community and supporting our students!!  For more information please visit, or email: Lara Wiant @  Tours of our school are available every Friday at 10am or by appointment.


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  For information about our Colfax Marathon charity partner team, contact Adam Katz, or 720-530-9482.


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  For information about participating with us in the Colfax Marathon, contact Madeline Jensen,

Early College of Arvada

The Early College of Arvada (ECA) is a free, public charter school serving 300 students, grades 6-12.  Everyday our students accomplish incredible things against incredible odds.  Nearly 60% of our students are on Free or Reduced Lunch and 47% of our students are ELL learners.  ECA CLIMB (Cultivating Leadership and Innovation through Movement and Brainpower) is a program that supports post-secondary student success and engagement in the STEM fields through increased access to college level curriculum and laboratory experiences.  Students and staff are running miles to work towards the development of laboratory spaces where students become engaged in addressing real-world issues through partnerships with local laboratories and engineering firms.   To learn more about our participation as a charity partner, contact Danielle Ladd, or Jeremy Collins,

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 To learn more about Energy Outreach as a charity partner, contact Tess Richey,


Engineers without Borders – Rocky Mountain Professionals


Engineers Without Borders – Rocky Mountain Professionals is thrilled to be a part of the 2016 Colfax Marathon Charity Partnership Program! EWB-RMP’s vision is to provide clean drinking water, vital to the health of developing nations by creating sustainable methods of improving the quality of drinking water and the treatment or disposal of wastewater. With your help, we hope to achieve our vision by creating education, economic, and environmental solutions to improve quality of life. Currently, we are working with communities in Nepal and Guatemala.  Please visit our web site, For more information about our charity partners program, contact, John Craven,


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 . To join our team of runners, please contact Christina Hoffman at




Epic Experience

We have FUN! Epic Experience offers laughter, excitement and friends to adult cancer survivors through an Epic Experience.  Epic Experience offers hope to adult cancer survivors by offering a free week-long outdoor adventure camp in the beautiful state of Colorado.  We bring survivors together and offer them community and a new challenge, such as cross country skiing and white water adventures.  Epic Experience was founded in 2012 and has had an amazing response from Cancer Thrivers and their families when they return home.  To learn more about Epic Experience please visit  We hope you will run with us and join our fun team.  Please contact Colin Ferro  720 431 7620.


Escuela de Guadalupe

Escuela de Guadalupe is an independent, dual-language Catholic school serving Pre-Kinder through Middle School.  We are proud to serve a diverse body of bilingual, multicultural learners from across the socioeconomic spectrum.  By making quality, cross-culture education financially accessible to families throughout the Denver metro area, Escuela ensures that the economic status of a child never determines his or her ability to succeed.   To learn more about our school, click this link:  For more information about our participation with the Colfax Marathon, please contact Michelle Galuszka,


Families First

Families First is helping families improve children’s lives.

We envision a day when every child grows up feeling safe and valued in a nurturing family environment. We offer services to parents and families that prevent the abuse and neglect of children by providing education, family support, and treatment. We respond to the needs of all families with an approach that is welcoming and collaborative and believe that protecting and promoting healthy families strengthens the community and society as a whole.  Families First’s Children’s Residential Treatment Center provides a homelike environment for 9 children, 3-12 years of age, who have been abused or neglected and whose resulting behavioral problems make living in a family setting impossible. We provide an intensive treatment program to prepare the children for life in a forever family.  Parenting a child?  Families First is here to help!  Family Support Line 877-695-7996 / Consejos para Familias 866-527-3264.  Contact Rosa Huber at for more information.  Also visit


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.


Firefly Autism

Inspiring Bright Futures by Changing Can’t to Can.

Firefly Autism is changing can’t to can for hundreds of students ages 18 months to 21 years old in the Rocky Mountain Region. Our intensive, one-of-its-kind program allows us to dramatically grow a child’s “can” list. At Firefly, it’s possible for our students to make improvements in weeks and months. With the type of intervention our clinicians provide, students with autism have the best hope of getting over, around and through many of their personal obstacles. Some will go on to mainstream schools, and all will improve. Please, put, “I can donate to Firefly Autism” on your list. For more information about us or a tour, visit or contact Lori Raymond,


Fitch Foundation

The Fitch Foundation supports our countries veterans who pledged to give there life to defend us, some have been called to do so, and many come home with mental or physical disabilities. The Fitch Foundation provides the opportunity for veterans of all generations to overcome the new challenges of returning to civilian life through adaptive activities and disabled sports. For far too long the word disability has only offered our veterans limits. We believe we can look past disabilities and highlight the abilities veterans do possess. We are a Volunteer organization that supports all generations of Veterans. With your support, these veterans may discover how they too can live without limits.  For more information visit us at and make a difference.

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!


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 Elementary Schools to take home for the weekend. Bridging the hunger gap students experience between meals they receive at school during the week, FFT provides meals to more than 2,000 students each week at 8 different schools.  We are a 100% volunteer organization and 100% of all donations are used to buy food for our program.  We believe no child should go hungry!  Learn more about us at  To create your own fundraising page to share with family and friends, visit

Foothills Animal Shelter

Foothills Animal Shelter cares for more than 9,500 orphaned cats, dogs, puppies, kittens and critters each year for the community. As an open-admission facility, never turning away an animal, the Shelter is committed to its important mission and life-saving work. In addition to pet adoption, a variety of services are also offered including pet licensing, affordable spaying and neutering, vaccinations, micro-chipping and lost and found pets. If you have questions about joining Team Foothills Animal Shelter, email Amanda Plank, or call 720-407-5222. For more information about the Shelter, please visit


Friends of Paha

A nonprofit board building awareness for Camp Paha, inspiring compassion in the community to support campers with disabilities and their families.

Friends of Paha raises money to support Camp Paha, a summer camp for children and young adults with disabilities run by the City of Lakewood. Without this camp, many of these campers would be stuck at home for the summer. This camp is life changing for campers and their families because it provides the opportunity for campers to build life skills, independence, friendships and fun in a safe and nurturing environment. Camp Paha provides an opportunity to participate in aquatics, sports, nature & science, music & drama, outdoor activities, and arts & crafts along with field trips into the community. This is the only camp of it’s kind in the Denver metro area. Programs are provided for campers with all disability types: developmental, physical, emotional, behavioral, and learning.

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 For more information about our charity partner program, contact Jeneen Klippel,


Girls on the Run of the Rockies


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 to learn more! To run with us, contact Karen MacFarquhar,


Global Dental Relief

Volunteers Serving Children in Need Around the World

Our mission is to bring free dental care to children throughout the world. Volunteer dentists, hygienists, assistants and non-dental volunteers deliver treatment and preventive care in dental clinics that serve children in schools, orphanages and remote villages. With a vision to transform lives and cultivate community through volunteerism, GDR provides opportunities for diverse groups of volunteers to explore the world and bring free dental care and oral hygiene education to thousands of impoverished children in Nepal, India, Guatemala, Vietnam, Kenya and Cambodia. Learn more by visiting Interested in volunteering overseas or joining our Charity Partner Team? Please contact Victoria Kuhlman at



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 For more information about our participation with the Colfax marathon, contact Will Stingley,


Golden Schools Foundation

Supporting academic excellence in our schools.

Golden Schools Foundation works in partnership with Golden area schools and public education stakeholders to promote an educational environment where students can reach maximum potential. We provide enrichment grants for school programs, bestow teacher recognition awards, and encourage community collaboration to support improvements in student achievements. Our mission is to ensure Golden articulation schools offer our children an outstanding education. To join our Charity Partner running team or to register a relay team, contact Kimberly, To learn more about the Golden Schools Foundation, please visit


Griffith Centers for Children

Griffith Centers for Children Chins Up offers a range of services to at-risk children, youth, and family throughout the state of Colorado. Our mission is to provide children and their families the environment and opportunities to become educated, healthy, participating and productive members of society. Services include family preservation, visitations, foster care, residential care for boys, and education services. Since 1927 we have helped over 32,000 children in this state. Contact information: Caitlyn Beans, 719-327-2026,  To learn more about Griffith Centers visit and find us on Facebook.


Heart & Hand Center

Nurturing the heart of a child to become the hand of a community.

At Heart & Hand we envision a world with no opportunity gap and strive to create a nurturing community where all young people can realize their potential. We provide after-school and summer programming to 100 3rd to 12th grade youth in northeast Denver’s Five Points neighborhood, utilizing a whole child approach to inspire our young people to discover their passions and build vibrant futures. We provide academic enrichment, and curriculum in health & wellness, family support, creative expression and social emotional skills. And we support our families by providing emergency assistance funding, backpacks of fresh food, and gift programs over the holidays. Please join our community at  For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Nikki Cady,


Helping Veterans

From Service to Community.

Founded on the belief that service does not end at the conclusion of military service, Helping Veterans recognizes the highly underutilized potential for leadership that exists within the veteran community and seeks to build upon the natural abilities and potential that already resides within veterans. Our mission at Helping Veterans is to strengthen our communities by serving veterans and their families. This is accomplished by providing access to a strong, active network of supporters that offers opportunities for work programs, small-business advice and consultation, resource management/navigation for post-military life and housing options for those that find themselves at-risk for homelessness. For more information visit us at and help us strengthen our communities


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 To learn about our donation program, contact Lindsay Moery at or call us at (720) 767-2452.



Highline Academy Charter School

Highline Academy Charter School was founded in 2003 by parents in Southeast Denver who wanted a different educational choice and experience for their children. The Southeast campus is now in its 13th year of operation and is a top performing Denver Public School. Our Northeast campus opened its doors in August of 2014.  Highline Academy is a tuition-free, DPS Charter School with a custom liberal arts curriculum focused on inclusive excellence and rigorous academics. Highline Academy Charter School exists to foster a diverse and equitable community of youth and adults striving together for academic, personal, and civic excellence.  For more information about us, visit  or contact Yvette Edmunds, Director of Community Support at

Home Builders Foundation


The Home Builders Foundation (HBF) is a Denver-based nonprofit that provides accessible home modifications for individuals with a disability and financial need. Typical project requests range from widening a doorway so that a wheelchair can pass through to building ramps and making bathrooms barrier-free. Recipients come to the HBF for a variety of reasons. Some live with degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. Others had a life-changing accident or are looking to age in place. Thanks to support from the building industry and beyond, all projects are completed at no cost the recipients. For more information about running with us in the Colfax Marathon, contact Beth Forbes,


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 For information about our Colfax Marathon Charity Partners “team”, contact Dan Gladden,


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,


I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County

“I Have a Dream” of Boulder County is a year-round after-school and summer program supporting 1,000 students in Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts. “I Have a Dream” motivates and empowers children from low-income communities to reach their education and career goals by providing a long-term intervention program of mentoring, tutoring, and cultural enrichment. Upon graduation from high school, each Dreamer is eligible to receive a four-year tuition-assistance scholarship for college or vocational school. Learn more about our programs and how you can help youth in the community succeed at or contact Storey Blackwell (


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,


Impact 360

Creating pathways to college.

At Impact 360, we understand the significance of a post-secondary education.  It is a journey dependent on access to opportunities.  A journey about complex interactions between what happens at home, in the classrooms, in the neighborhood, and during the summer months.  It is about advantages embedded in culture and demographic profiles; it is about language patterns, family expectations and values, extended learning opportunities, how parents advocate for their children and how children learn to advocate for themselves.  It is about access to and the mobilization of resources that support, foster and encourage a positive identity as a learner who is college bound.  For more information, visit  To learn how to join our Colfax Charity Partners runners, contact Sabrina Sanchez,

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.

International Hearing Dog, Inc.

From Shelter to Service Dog.

International Hearing Dog, Inc. (IHDI) is a 501c3 nonprofit, that was formed in 1979 as the first dog training program in the United States for people with hearing loss.  Since that time, IHDI has trained more than 1,200 professionally certified hearing dogs throughout the US and Canada.  We pull dogs from local Colorado animal shelters and train them to be Hearing Dogs for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.  All of these services are free and personalized for each recipient.  If you’d like more information about receiving a Hearing Dog or have general questions about our organization, please contact Deanelle Madsen at or visit our website,


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 or contact Ruth Hendren at 303-209-7718 or


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 To learn more about the Jeffco Schools Foundation, please visit

Jefferson Center for Mental Health

Inspiring Hope, Improving Lives and Strengthening Our Community

At Jefferson Center for Mental Health we envision a community where mental health matters and care is accessible to all. We are the not-for-profit community mental health center serving Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Gilpin counties since 1958. Our mission is to inspire hope, improve lives and strengthen our community by providing mental health and related solutions for individuals and families. We are partners with our community, working together to create a place that fosters mental health and supports those with mental health challenges. To learn more visit us at or contact Jeanne Oliver at

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 To learn about our participation in the Colfax Marathon contact Allison Smith at or 720-941-0331 x219.


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 To run with us, contact Stephanie Gordon,


Life for the Innocent

Children rescued. Hope restored. Lives renewed.

Life for the Innocent (LFTI) rescues, restores and renews children affected by human trafficking in South Asia. Rescued children come to LFTI’s transition homes, where they receive medical attention, counseling, education, and Christian spiritual guidance. After several months, they are adopted into vetted “Forever Families” in their home country.  Since being founded in 2011, Life for the Innocent has rescued over 3,000 children from sex, labor and organ trafficking and placed them with Forever Families. LFTI is comprised of staff, volunteers, supporters, churches, and businesses working together to see a decline in human trafficking worldwide and give innocent children new life. To learn more about us, visit  To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Chelsea Thompson,


Lighthouse Writers Workshop

For 20 years, Lighthouse has nurtured the literary arts in our community because we know that writing and sharing stories makes our culture more enlightened, compassionate, and wise.  You can support that mission by running for Lighthouse in the Colfax Marathon.  Participating, either on your own or on one of our relay teams, will help us raise funds for youth creative writing labs and college application essay workshops at four low-income housing projects and provide writing fellowships for financially challenged adult writers. We hope to have several teams from walker/joggers to super-fast runners. If you don’t want to run, but would like to support one of these important programs, you can donate here. Contact Laurie Wagner at for more information or visit our website


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 for more about us.   Contact:  Amanda Shannon, or 720-524-7747.



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


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 To learn more about our involvement in the Colfax Marathon, contact Lindsey Lavely,


Lutheran Family Services – Rocky Mountains

Heal. Strengthen. Hope.

Founded as an adoption agency in 1948, Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains now includes foster care, older adult services, child abuse prevention programs, immigration services, disaster response and resettlement service to refugees and asylees. You can help promote refugee and asylee success through services that strengthen, heal and provide hope. Through the 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 David Cornish, for details and for more information visit:


Lutheran Medical Center Foundation

Lutheran Medical Center Foundation works to build philanthropic support for Lutheran Medical Center and all of its affiliated not-for-profit organizations, which include acute care hospital, hospice center, behavioral health entity, and long term care facility. Our vision for the future is a hospital that anticipates and provides for the changing healthcare needs of our community, to update and refurbish our facilities, and to add new technology, innovative programs and services. Philanthropy helps turn good healthcare into exceptional healthcare by enabling our staff to exceed the expectations of the people we serve.  Visit for more information. To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Melissa Edwards,


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  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Michael Juba,


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 and to join out Charity Partners team, contact Patti at or 303-750-9474.


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,



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,


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 To learn more about our charity partner program, contact Jennifer Reed,


Metro Community Provider Network

Providing excellent health-related services focusing on the underserved

Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) is a non-profit healthcare organization that provides medical, dental, and mental healthcare and community-based services to underserved and uninsured populations who cannot afford basic healthcare; no one is turned away because of their inability to pay. Our mission is to partner with the community to provide excellent, culturally-sensitive health services to meet the needs of each individual…every touch, every time. MCPN will have twenty locations throughout the metropolitan Denver area by the end of 2013. To participate in the Colfax Marathon events in support of MCPN, contact John Reid,


Mile High Behavioral Healthcare / Comitis

Mile High Behavioral Healthcare (formerly the Mile High Council) is a long-time provider serving the Denver metro community, specializing in mental health treatment and substance use recovery services for people of all ages and backgrounds. We also run Comitis—a 24/7, all-season homeless shelter and transitional housing center in Aurora. Both sides of our organization are especially adept at connecting with harder-to-reach populations, such as youth living on the streets with drug addictions, persons experiencing homelessness (chronic and/or the working poor), as well as many programs that advocate and educate for the health and safety of our community. For a full list of our services, please visit  For more participation about our organization, please contact Kara Page,


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


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 For info on joining our Charity Partners team, contact Joe at”


Mountain Pet Rescue

Rescue, Foster, Adopt!

Mountain Pet Rescue is a CO nonprofit organization dedicated to finding forever homes for pets in need by providing rescue, foster care, education, training support & adoption into safe, loving homes.  MPR focuses on active, thick-coated, energetic mountain dog breeds who are in danger in out of state overcrowded shelters, but in high demand & quickly adopted in Colorado.  Every donation helps save another life!  Visit for more details.  To learn more about our charity partner team, contact Lauren Antonoff,


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  To join our charity partner team, contact Emily Cebulski,


Muscular Dystrophy Association

Move your muscles, strengthen theirs. Together we are progress.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. MDA Team Momentum is the brand new, endurance fundraising program giving individuals the opportunity to participate in world renowned Marathons & Half-Marathons, while fundraising to support  the MDA and the families we serve. Join MDA Team Momentum to receive guaranteed race entry, world class coaching, team events and comradery, fundraising tools, and the opportunity to dedicate your participation to the fight against muscle disease! Learn more, or join the team at   or contact Emily Gual: 303-390-3785.


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 and to learn more about our Colfax Marathon charity partner program, contact Elsa Erickson at 303-321-3104.


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 and join us by contacting Christina at or 303.698.5433.


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 To learn more about the NSCD please visit


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:  or visit us on facebook  For more information about our participation as a Colfax Charity Partner, contact Heather Cutillo,


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  for more information.  Questions?, contact Mary Hall,


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.”  For more information about joining us in the Colfax, contact Amy Teather,

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,, 303-396-6170 x 109 or 949-291-1990.


OpenWorld Learning

Founded in 2000, Open World Learning (OWL) supports children’s school success by tapping the power of digital technology and peer teaching to develop leadership and ignite a love of learning. We provide free, fun, and challenging after-school educational programs centered on teaching advanced computer technology to at-risk Denver area students. To learn more, please visit us at or contact us at 303-832-0066.


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,  For more about us, visit



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 To learn more about running to represent Overture at any of the Colfax Marathon events, contact Crystal Porter at 720-496-2605 x101 or



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 for more information about us.  To learn more about our charity partner team, contact Tiana Nelson,


PDCD Research Fund

The Elizabeth Watt PDCD Research Fund was established in honor of an amazing young Colorado girl who has PDCD.  Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Complex Deficiency is a rare
metabolic disorder that prevents the body from breaking down food into energy.  Children with PDCD suffer from poor muscle tone, neurological damage (brain damage, cognitive delays, seizures), and other problems like poor feeding, decreased muscle tone, lethargy, and organ damage. The funds that we raise go directly to research to better understand PDCD and improve the life expectancy and quality of life of children with this disorder. Visit our website for more information:


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 or visit


Phamaly Theatre Company

Theatre with possability.

Phamaly Theatre ComPhamaly Friendspany is a leader in inclusive arts and one of the few professional theatre companies worldwide to feature actors with disabilities onstage.  Based in Denver, Phamaly produces plays and musicals year-round, provides free acting workshops for any adult with a disability, and tours a children’s show to bring theatre and disability education to elementary schools and community venues across the region.  Phamaly’s mission is to inspire people to re-envision disability through professional theatre.  To learn more and check out upcoming productions, visit  To join our Charity Partners team, select Phamaly Theatre Company from the list of charity partners or contact Tamara Arredondo, 303-365-0005 x 2, or


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 for more information, or contact Lauren Archuletta at to learn how to get involved.



Playworks for every kid.

At Playworks, we believe in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. Over 18 years, we’ve learned that when kids are able to to play in a safe and inclusive environment, school climate and student experience are significantly impacted. When kids have access to physical activity and meaningful play, bullying is decreased and physical activity and classroom focus are increased. By placing full-time, dedicated coaches at low-income schools, we are able to improve the health and well-being of Colorado’s children. To learn more, visit or contact Eva:


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  To learn about our participation as a Colfax Marathon charity partner, contact Karen Rosen,



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  For information about our charity partner program, contact April Conway-Speake,



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, More information, visit


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, or email

Project VOYCE

Help us celebrate the 12th year Colfax Marathon by participating as a runner/walker & becoming a PV Ambassador! Project VOYCE envisions a world with diverse leadership for a more just and equitable society. Our mission is to develop future leaders in underrepresented communities by training, employing, & organizing youth to work on real life school and community challenges they face daily.  Project VOYCE’s programs aim to dismantle barriers to fair representation through youth development, youth employment, and youth organizing. A PV Ambassador: signs up to run in the 2017 Colfax Marathon…the options are endless; raises $350 or more; becomes a Colfax Rock Star by raising $500 (perks included); and receives free swag and a happy hour on us. Please contact Paris Ferribee,, for more information! Check our website out:


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 or contact Tara Roesener at


Range of Motion Project

Range of Motion Project (ROMP) is a MOBILITY organization.  ROMP’s mission is to provide high quality prosthetic care in underserved populations, which enhances mobility and unlocks human potential.  ROMP believes that prosthetic limbs and orthotic braces are not simply medical devices, but instruments of personal empowerment.  ROMP’s mission is to provide high quality prosthetic and orthopedic care.  By supplying prosthetic limbs and orthotic braces to those who do not have access to these services, we aim to return patients to their families and communities as productive, healthy individuals.  We believe that disability is cause by broken devices and broken healthcare systems – not broken bodies – and we work to increase the mobility, visibility and dignity of all those marginalize by lack of access to proper technology.  To learn more about us, visit  To learn about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Lauren Panasewicz,, 303-946-7124.


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 and join us to Run for Ray by contacting Erica at


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  For more information about running/walking for RIHEL, contact, or call 303-871-3550.


ReGroup Foundation

ReGroup Foundation is a non profit with the mission to prevent homelessness and hardships by providing healthy, supportive living environments for our veterans during transition out of military service back in to civilian lives.  ReGroup is a Veteran’s NEXT STEP  For more information about us, visit  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Joshua Hood,


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 Interested in our work? Check us out at


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, .



REVEL creates a sense of community where teens and adults on the autism spectrum belong, feel ownership and are responsible for developing and building their dreams.  Our purpose is to fight the potential isolation, depression, unemployment and risk factors related to quality of life.  We do this by developing meaningful relationships, independent living skills, employment, exploration and engagement in range of leisure, recreation and hobbies.  We train peers and mentors to guide and welcome our members into a place they can call their own.  Visit our website to learn more at or email us at To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Stephanie Hill;, 720-650-6525


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 and join us to Run for RMCA by contacting Grace at


Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation

Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation was established in 2008 to help meet the needs of pediatric patients and their families, as well as provide an avenue for community support within the Rocky Mountain region. We accomplish this by providing direct assistance to meet their most fundamental needs and implement programs that improve their overall health beyond the scope of medical aid or insurance coverage. To learn more about the Foundation visit For more information about our participation as a Colfax Marathon Charity Partner, contact Sarah Schmidt at


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 or contact Rachel VanBrocklin,

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, For more information about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Jonna Busack,


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,  For more about us, visit


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 to learn more about us.  For information about our work with the Colfax Marathon Charity Partners program, contact Chris Weiss,


Seeds of Hope

Strengthening our community through education

The mission of Seeds of Hope is to make the tremendous benefit of Catholic education available to economically disadvantaged students concentrated in the inner city of Denver. Through tuition assistance grants, Seeds of Hope supports Catholic elementary schools serving a low-income, high minority population concentrated in the inner city of Denver. Seeds of Hope serves not only Catholics, but children and families of all faith traditions. Since our inception in 1996, we have served more than 16,000 students with more than $26 million in financial assistance.  For more information, visit our website at or email Nikki Soran at


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 Questions about the marathon or how to help Sewall as a Charity Partner? Call or email Maribeth Waldrep at, or 303-399-1800. Thank you for supporting Sewall!


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

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.  This is our first year doing the Colfax Marathon, and we are very excited! We would be honored to have you run for us!  For more information on our program, please visit our website at  If you are interested in running for us, please contact Megan Farabaugh at


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



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 or 720-440-6400.


STRIVE Preparatory Schools

Where a revolutionary education is commonplace and attending college is expected.

STRIVE Prep is a Denver-based community of free, open enrollment, public charter schools committed to providing every student with an excellent, high-quality, college-preparatory education.  STRIVE Prep was founded 10 years ago under the belief that students from all backgrounds deserve a college preparatory education.  By building great schools in Far Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest Denver, we will create depth of impact and long-lasting community change.  This year, 3,500 students are enrolled at 11 schools. Roughly 97% of students are students of color, 87% qualify for free/reduced price lunch, 42% are English Language Learners and 12% qualify for special education services.  To learn more about us, go to or contact Samantha Tobia, Manager of Development and Events at


Susan G. Komen Colorado

In Colorado, one woman dies every day from breast cancer. At Susan G. Komen® Colorado, we believe that all Coloradans deserve equal access to quality breast cancer care to reduce their risk of dying from this disease.  The money that is donated to our organization is dispersed throughout Komen Colorado’s 22-county service area. Each year, 75% of the net funds raised are invested locally and 25% are invested in national breast cancer research.  For more information about Komen Colorado, contact Brigid Dunlap,, 303-744-2088 ext. 316 or visit


Team Koby

We’ve all been praying for Koby Gruenwald, Yaakov Roni ben Margalit. He is truly #kobythecomebackkid but recovery is a long process. Recovery is all about putting one step in front of the other and moving forward – and so is running! Team Koby will harness the positive energy of our community to propel Koby forward to recovery. We will raise money for the Koby Fund at Hebrew Educational Alliance which will go towards needs associated with Koby’s medical care, so there is one less thing for his amazing parents to think about.


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:


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  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Liz Matthews,



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 To learn more about our charity partners program, contact

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD)

Opening the gateway to help and a cure.

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) is a national nonprofit working to improve the quality of life of people affected by Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) and drive research for a cure. FTD is the most common dementia for people under 60: bringing progressive changes in behavior and personality, language and/or movement, and loss of function. Currently, there are no treatments and there is no cure. Join us to show people in the Denver-area they aren’t alone facing FTD. Together we can spread awareness, raise funds to support AFTD’s mission and ultimately #EndFTD. For more information, email Bridget Graham (  or visit


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:  To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Maria Burke, or 303-325-4707.


The Gathering Place

A Refuge for Rebuilding Lives

The Gathering Place is Denver’s only daytime, drop-in center for women, children, and transgender individuals experiencing poverty or homelessness. The organization exists to provide a safe daytime refuge and resources for self-sufficiency for those who seek its services. In 2013, The Gathering Place welcomed over 9,000 different individuals who were able to eat meals served by the kitchen; obtain free food, clothes, and toiletry items from our cupboard and boutique; use the on-site telephones, computer lab, and laundry facilities; and participate in a number of personal growth and learning programs.

If you would like to join our Charity Partner running group, please contact BJ Iacino,   For more information about The Gathering Place, visit

The Good Dog Rescue

Friends Saving Lives

WOOF! and hello from The Good Dog Rescue. We’re thrilled to partner with the 2017 Colfax Marathon!  We work hard to give homeless puppies & dogs in Colorado and surrounding areas a second chance by providing a warm foster home, socialization, basic skills and lots & lots of LOVE! We also support new adoptive families to ensure their new family member lives a long, healthy life in their new forever home!  You can find out more about us and some of the dogs we’re helping at or on Facebook at  For more information about running with us in the Colfax, contact Michelle Oberle, .



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.

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 or visit us at


The Senior Hub

Caring & Connecting

The Senior Hub, Inc. is a non-profit resource center that has served seniors and their families for over 30 years.  Our mission is to advance the quality of life for older adults through advocacy, community partnerships and a variety of direct services planned to sustain an independent, healthy aging experience.  We provide In-Homecare, Adult Day Services, Meals on Wheels, Information & Referral, RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) and a multitude of services that help elders age safely and comfortably in their own homes with a little help from our staff. To learn more about our participation as a  charity partner, contact Kasi Bowker,


The Success Foundation

Our Kids.  Our Community.  Our Dreams.

The Success Foundation recognizes education as an essential ingredient to a successful community and is committed to bringing community resources together to enhance educational opportunities for all students in Greeley-Evans School District 6.  The Success Foundation aspires to be a unifying force for our schools and community by: Aligning with district mission and goals; Creating innovative opportunities for students; Supporting and inspiring educator excellence; Providing exceptional learning environments, and; mobilizing community involvement. For more information about us, visit  For more about how to become involved with us and the Colfax Marathon, contact Sara LaLone,



There with Care

There With Care’s mission is to provide a wide range of meaningful and fundamental services to children and families during the critical phase of a medical crisis. We serve families, referred by 15 medical agencies, through building a network of services and people who ease the burden of life’s day-to-day obligations with compassion and care. The programs we offer support the whole family, helping them get through the medical crisis by identifying and providing some of the unmet daily and basic needs. For more information about us, visit our web site, For more about our participation with the Colfax Marathon, please contact Katie Hegg,  To get started and to set up your fundraising page, click on the Donate button below.


Touching Tiny Lives Foundation

Saving lives, one child at a time.

Touching Tiny Lives Foundation (TTLF) is a network of communities and individuals in North America dedicated to supporting the life-saving work of Touching Tiny Lives (TTL), a non-profit organization based in Mokhotlong, Lesotho. By raising funds, spreading awareness, and providing technical support, TTLF empowers our Basotho partners at TTL to provide a smart and sustainable local response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Lesotho. TTLF also serves as the voice of TTL in North America, sharing the message about how TTL’s high-impact care is saving lives, one child at a time. For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Lindsay Gilchrist,


Towards Justice

Defending the Dignity of Work

Towards Justice combats workplace injustice by expanding access to justice for wage theft victims and empowering immigrant and refugee workers as leaders in their communities.  Wage theft, shorthand for a wide variety of violations of the wage and hour laws, currently deprives Colorado workers of over $750 million dollars in earned wages every year (Colorado Fiscal Institute, 2014).  Towards Justice provides legal services to wage theft victims, connects victims to alternative sources of redress, raises awareness about the wage theft epidemic, and advances policy initiatives that combat workplace injustice.  To learn more, visit our website,  To learn more about our involvement in the Colfax Marathon, contact Lindsay Fallon,


TransformAsia USA

Last year we celebrated our 25th anniversary of transforming lives in Cambodia and Southeast Asia!  The goal of TransformAsia is not only to meet the spiritual needs of the people, but to also meet the physical needs.   This year our focus is on a new venture called “Bright Futures” to help us educate older orphans in their future options be it secondary education or learning a vocational trade.  Walk, run or race with us this year to help provide for the young adults we are helping!  If you want to join us, please contact Elizabeth Stifel –   To learn more about TransformAsia visit


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 or contact Olivia Gallegos at


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, contact our director, Isaac Olivarez at or (303) 242-9474.




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 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,


We Don’t Waste

We Don’t Waste is Denver’s largest food recovery agency, recovering an average of 2.1 million servings per month and growing! We recover high quality nutritious food around the Denver-Metro area and distribute it to community organizations to boost their food supply. This boosts not only the quantity but also quality of food available to those in need. We rely on donations from our supporters to ensure we can provide this service at no cost. Make a donation at Keep up with the latest by following us on FacebookTwitter & Instagram.  To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Kory Kolar,


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 


Wish for Our Heroes – Colorado Chapter

WISH for OUR HEROES assists soldiers, veterans and their families in times of need all across the country with large bases of support in Indiana, Texas and Florida and now a chapter in Colorado.

WISH for OUR HEROES-Colorado Chapter, is an all volunteer-based charity that maintains less than 5% combined fundraising and administrative costs to ensure donated funds are allocated directly to those in need.  The Colorado Chapter focuses on Colorado soldiers and veterans by improving their lives one wish at a time. Learn more HERE please join our running team and contact our director Garrett Guinivan at 443-504-3357 or at Thank you.


Wish for Wheels

Wish for Wheels is a Denver based nonprofit whose mission is to transform the lives of kids from low-income families, broadening their scope for personal growth and a healthy lifestyle through the gift of a new bicycle. We have given away over 15,000 new bikes and helmets mainly working with companies to do Team Builds, corporate philanthropy and positive social change. Wish for Wheels also has a kid2kid program and a Bike Team/Club. For more about us, visit  To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Brad Appel,



Women Who Grow

Helping women realize their full potential

Women Who Grow was founded by Karak Denyok: a mother, victim of violence, successful leader and Sudanese refugee. Her vision is to give women the necessary knowledge, support and hope to find their own solutions and begin providing for themselves, their families and their communities. Our organization aids women who have suffered violence, poverty, poor access to healthcare, and lack of education in South Sudan and Uganda. Women enrolled in our program gain job skills and farming training as well as asset management, basic numeracy, hygiene, nutrition, and human rights training. These women form support networks and share resources as they work together to provide for themselves and realize lasting change. To learn more about us, visit For more information on joining our marathon charity partners team, contact Erin Ingle Your fundraising efforts bring real and lasting change!


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 To become a fundraiser for us on our Colfax Marathon charity partners team please click here.


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 and to run with us, contact LeAnn Fickes at


Young Life


Young Life in the city of Denver has a rich history of dedicated leaders and staff dating back to the early 70’s. With the diversity that our city offers, we are able to minister to adolescents from different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. The kids and families we reach are located in communities all over the Denver Metro area.  In Young Life, we believe that “Every Kid, Everywhere” has the right to hear about the amazing person of Jesus Christ.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Lacey Sprague, 303-332-7753,

Youth for Christ Denver

With a legacy of over sixty years of  youth ministry in Denver, Youth for Christ (YFC) Denver has differentiated itself by its multifaceted approach to meeting the needs of youth. In juvenile justice centers, inner-city neighborhoods, and on school campuses, YFC staff and volunteers see the hope and potential in every young person.  Youth for Christ Denver reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to develop lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their Godly lifestyle, devotion to prayer and to the Word of God, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement. To learn more about us, visit our web site.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Ken Allen,


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

Zuma’s Rescue Ranch

Rescuing – Rehabilitating – Restoring

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 at Zuma’s helps both youth and adults develop the skills necessary to care for themselves and others… selflessly. Each step for Zuma 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 Messenrich to join our Charity Partner team,