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Ability Experience

We create shared experiences between people with and without disabilities in order to create a society, one relationship at a time, where the ability of all people are recognized and valued. At the 2022 Colfax Marathon, we will be providing athletes with disabilities an opportunity to complete the 5k and/or half marathon! Join our team to help more of our friends with disabilities to experience this great race with us.

For more information visit https://give.classy.org/TeamAbEx_Colfax2022 or email amatznick@abilityexperience.org.

 

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Achieving Cures Together

Achieving Cures Together is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on a mission to save lives by advancing microbiome research.

Over the past two decades our gut microbes, the bacteria, fungi and viruses that reside in our gastrointestinal tract and break down and digest food, have drastically declined in diversity. This is primarily due to our heavy antibiotic usage, our Western diet, and our clean, sanitized lifestyle. With this decrease in diversity, our society is experiencing rapid growth in many diseases and disorders such as Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Autism, Superbugs, Depression, Obesity, Diabetes, Allergies and more.

Achieving Cures Together exists to advance microbiome research and find cures to these horrific diseases. To do this, we’ve partnered with world-leading researchers at the University of Minnesota where we are studying the benefits of fecal transplants and the restoration of damaged gut microbes. We believe microbial restoration has significant healing potential and this therapy has already proven to be very successful for a number of applications. Notably, ACT has supported treatment for over 800 people suffering from Clostridium difficile, an antibiotic resistant superbug, with a 98% treatment success rate. This is just the beginning and with your support, we will continue to save lives!

www.achievingcures.com/donate

Adam’s Camp Colorado

At Adam’s Camp, unique therapy and adventure programs are designed and delivered by dedicated therapists and counselors who help special needs children, youth and adults reach for the stars. These programs are combined with sibling and parent offerings that address the needs of the entire family and have created an amazing and supportive community for our participant families, our partners and our sponsors.

For more information visit adamscamp.org or email ariana@adamscamp.org.

Adams State University – Denver Chapter

Join Adams State University Alumni and Foundation in supporting the ASU Denver Chapter! The Mission of the Denver Chapter of the Associated Alumni of Adams State University is to reach out to the current alumni, future alumni, and the community throughout the Denver area in order to cultivate loyalty, pride and commitment to Adams State University. We work on ensuring that alumni have professional and social networking events, while supporting students through our scholarship program. Join us in running for our cause, or donate today!

For more information about Adams State University and the Denver Chapter please visit our website https://www.adams.edu/alumni/ or contact Ashley Maestas, Director of Alumni Relations & Engagement, aamaestas@adams.edu.

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ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter

Fighting on Every Front to Improve Living with ALS

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

For more information about our Charity Partners program, email events@alsaco.org and visit http://web.alsa.org/Colfax.  To learn more about us, visit www.alsaco.org.

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Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado

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

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American Liver Foundation

The American Liver Foundation was created in 1976 by the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD). The ALF makes a measurable difference in the fight against liver disease by providing financial support for medical research, education for medical professionals, and advocacy and information for patients and their families by creating public awareness campaigns about liver wellness and disease prevention. Learn more about The American Liver Foundation. Please help by joining our Charity Partner Team by contacting Alise Jackson at AJackson@LiverFoundation.org. Thank you and happy running!

 

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, Blue Knights Winds, 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 and Friendship Cup Marching Band Competition in the fall.  Run for Ascend Performing Arts at Info@AscendPerformingArts.org or visit AscendPerformingArts.org to learn more about our charity partner team.

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Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS

Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS is dedicated to changing the experience of people living with ALS. We raise the funds and awareness urgently needed to drive innovative science and research forward, at an accelerated pace.  ALS is curable; it’s just underfunded. Our quest is to make sure we find a cure for ALS in our lifetimes. Today we have new hope, we’re closer than ever. Join us in our quest to #endALS.

Run Colfax with TeamQuest4ALS: https://www.classy.org/campaign/2020-denver-colfax-team-quest4als/c242609

Learn more about Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS: www.augiesquest.org

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 nearly 40,000 students almost 5,000 staff, and 63 schools.

For more information visit http://www.educateaurora.org/ or email apsfoundation@aurorak12.org

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Back On My Feet

Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources.

We use running and walking as tools to create and build communities that provide the support, resources and crucial social fabric that empower individuals experiencing and at risk of homelessness to achieve sustainable employment and stable housing.

Back on My Feet leverages the power of community to move our members forward, helping them overcome these obstacles and build healthier, more stable lives. We know the road is not always easy, but with the right tools and right people by their side, our members prove time and time again that we can break the cycle of homelessness.

For more information visit www.backonmyfeet.org or email denver@backonmyfeet.org.

Bayaud Enterprises

Bayuad Enterprises’ mission is to create Hope, Opportunity, and Choice with work as the means through which people with disabilities and other hurdles to employment can more fully participate in the mainstream of life.

We’re participating in the Colfax Marathon to create more awareness and raise funds for our innovative employment and wellness programs.

For more information visit https://bayaudenterprises.org/ or email Elsa.Erickson@bayaudenterprises.org.

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Bike & Build

We organize bike experiences and volunteer programs centered around affordable housing to empower individuals to commit to a lifetime of service and civic engagement.

We’ve been pedaling for affordable housing for 18 years, come join us run for affordable housing!

For more information visit www.bikeandbuild.org or email casey@bikeandbuild.org.

 

Brave Like Gabe

Brave Like Gabe was founded by professional runner Gabriele “Gabe” Grunewald as she sought treatment for her third battle with an incurable rare salivary gland cancer in 2017. Gabriele continued to compete at the highest level despite ongoing treatments and setbacks. She strongly believed in finding out what was possible despite her diagnosis and encouraged other cancer survivors to keep their minds open to the possibility of achieving their dreams and other goals by being brave in their own way.

After living for 10 years with adenoid cystic carcinoma, Gabriele passed away on June 11, 2019.

Brave Like Gabe’s mission is to support rare cancer research and empower all cancer survivors through physical activity.

For more info visit www.bravelikegabe.org or email info@bravelikegabe.org.

BraveHoods

BraveHoods gives comfort to kids fighting cancer.  We gift soft hoodie t-shirts with cool inspirational designs to kids fighting cancer and their siblings.  It’s hard to go through cancer treatment when you are a kid, our cool hoodies help make kids feel better by giving them control over who sees their bald heads. We also donate to siblings because we know cancer is a family affair and sometimes siblings feel left out. And, we know that everyone loves a hoodie, so for each BraveHood sold, one is donated.  Want a cool hoodie for yourself or a loved one, visit www.bravehoods.org.  For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Allison Yacht, allisonyacht@gmail.com

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Brent’s Place

Whether it be a blood disorder, cancer diagnosis, or an organ transplant, a life-threatening medical crisis impacts the whole family. This is especially true if they need to travel many miles from their home for treatments that represent the best chance for survival.

Brent’s Place provides families a gateway to life-saving care by offering independent living accommodations close to partner hospitals. As one of the region’s only long-term, Safe-Clean housing solutions, Brent’s Place supplies hope in the form of a welcoming space, individualized family support services, and a caring community.

For more information visit www.brentsplace.org or email marketing@brentsplace.org.

Canine Companions for Independence

Raising and Training service dogs. We want to bring awareness to our program.

For more information visit https://www.cci.org/location/southwest/chapter/rocky-mountain-chapter/ or email kelleykiesling@gmail.com.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a nonprofit organization that trains and supervises volunteers to represent the best interests of victims of child abuse, neglect, and severe domestic conflict. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in court and in the community. The desired result is that children be placed in safe, loving homes where they can thrive.

For more information visit www.coloradocasa.org or email coloradocasa@coloradocasa.org.

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Casa de Paz

Almost every day asylum seekers, and other immigrants detained by ICE, are released from detention centers far from home. They
have one goal in mind: reunite with their families. But home could be hundreds or thousands of miles away. Casa de Paz (House of
Peace) offers shelter, meals, plane/bus tickets, transportation and emotional support to immigrants released from detention.

Since we opened our doors in 2012 we’ve hosted over 3,000 immigrants from seventy nine countries and the need continues to grow. For more information about our participation in the Charity Partners program, contact Sarah Jackson,
sjackson@casadepazcolorado.org. For more about us, visit www.casadepazcolorado.org.

Catholic Charities, Samaritan House & Shelter Services

Samaritan House has been a Denver staple since 1986. Since that time, thousands of people have been served and found safe shelter, nutritious meals, and support services at Samaritan House. Today, our focus is primarily on serving women, families, and veterans who are experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. Across our Samaritan House Community, we are dedicated to offering a hand up to everyone seeking emergency assistance, food, clothing, shelter, counseling, education, and life-skills training to get them back on their road to success. Our team of volunteers and dedicated staff wake up every morning determined to improve the lives of those they serve. At our shelters in FY 2021 we have provided 125,000 shelter nights and 836 beds per night. If you share our passion and vision, please become a member of Team Samaritan and/or donate so we can continue to provide the care and services that those facing homelessness so greatly need and deserve.

For more information visit http://teamsamaritan.org/ or email joe.lowrey@samaritanrunning.org.

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Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE)

Center for Work Education and Employment, also known as CWEE, is the leading workforce development and anti-poverty agency in
Colorado. CWEE works to develop self-supporting families by providing workforce development training and comprehensive wraparound services that address the many complex barriers to advancement and self-sufficiency faced by participants. Since 1982, CWEE has served over 15,000 families in the Denver-metro area. CWEE believes that supporting low-income families leads to a stronger workforce and a more vibrant community – for everyone. To run Colfax with CWEE, contact Mary-Kate Doyle at
mdoyle@cwee.org. To learn more about CWEE, visit our website at www.cwee.org.

Chanda Plan Foundation

The Chanda Plan Foundation’s mission is to support the Chanda Center for Health in delivering and advocating for integrative therapy, primary care, and other complementary services to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs for persons with physical disabilities.

Direct services include acupuncture, massage, chiropractic care, adaptive exercise, physical therapy, adaptive yoga, dental care, primary care, behavioral health, and care coordination. Provided at the Chanda Center for Health and through providers nationwide, our goal is to promote wellness and healing for acute and chronic conditions caused by physical disabilities.

For more information about our organization, please visit https://chandacenter.org/chanda-plan-foundation/

For questions, email jh@chandaplan.org.

 

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Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation

Since 1908 Children’s Hospital Colorado has been caring for kids at all ages and stages of life. We see more, treat more and heal more children than any hospital in our seven-state region. And since we’re pioneering treatments that are shaping the future of pediatrics, we’re providing the best possible care years before it becomes available at other hospitals. Thank you for your consideration for running the extra miles for Children’s Colorado!

To learn more about our Foundation, visit www.childrenscoloradofoundation.org.

 

 

Children’s Tumor Foundation

The Children’s Tumor Foundation is dedicated to finding effective treatments for neurofibromatosis (or NF) by funding mission-critical research. Affecting 1 in 3000 people worldwide, NF causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body and may lead to blindness, deafness, bone abnormalities, disfigurement, learning disabilities, disabling pain, and cancer. In addition to benefiting those who live with NF, this research is shedding new light on several forms of cancer, brain tumors, bone abnormalities, and learning disabilities, ultimately benefiting the broader community. For more info, please visit www.ctf.org. To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please email Angela Dumadag at adumadag@ctf.org.

Cimarron Middle School

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

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City Youth Now

We’ve been around for 71 years, providing programs and services that promote stability, personal growth and long term success for youth with foster care and juvenile justice experience.

For more information visit www.cityyouthnow.org or email ronesha@cityyouthnow.org.

Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care

The mission of Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care is to optimize health outcomes among young people through
access to quality, integrated health care in schools. We work on ensuring that the 70 school-based health centers around Colorado are able to care for our children so they can attend school healthy and ready to learn. Support our work by donating today!
https://www.casbhc.org/donate

For more information about this organization and our relay teams, contact Executive Director, Aubrey Hill at hill@casbhc.org. You can also visit our website at www.casbhc.org

 

 

Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust

Colorado, from one generation to the next.

If you love Colorado’s wide open spaces, natural resources, pristine wildlife habitat, and western heritage, CCALT is the group to run for. CCALT partners with landowners across Colorado to conserve family farms and ranches. This conservation ensures that the land remains open, in agricultural production, and can be passed down to the next generation, benefiting all Coloradans. Since 1995, CCALT has partnered with more than 375 families across the state to protect more than 705,000 acres of productive agricultural land, wildlife habitat, and open space. Join us in running for Colorado’s open spaces and healthy places of today AND tomorrow!

To learn more about us, visit www.ccalt.org.

For more about working with us as a Colfax Marathon Charity Partner, contact Amber Pougiales, amber@ccalt.org.

 

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Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition

Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC) is the premier organization in Colorado advocating for disability rights. Our mission is to advocate for social justice for people with all types of disabilities (what we call a cross-disability). Members consist of people with disabilities and our non-disabled allies (coworkers, employers, family members, friends, and neighbors), all working together to support disability rights. Cross-disability means that we believe people with different types of disabilities have more in common than not and that we do best when we work together. We have the most power if all disability groups work together for a common good.

Our motto is “Nothing About Us Without Us.” Our community is resilient and we believe challenges can be met when we work together. We’re thrilled to join the Colfax Marathon and it’s mission.

For more information visit www.ccdconline.org or email info@ccdconline.org.

Colorado Firefighter Calendar

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

Colorado Harriers

The Colorado Harriers are a running club focused on improving distance race performance through structured team training and individual workouts. We welcome all runners of all abilities, with no mandatory dues or fees. We’re excited to be back for the 2021 Colfax Marathon races and relay.

For more information visit www.coloradoharriers.com or email coloradoharriers@gmail.com.

Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation

Colorado “I Have A Dream” Foundation is a long-term partner to youth and families. We travel side-by-side with the same group of youth and their families for 10+ years as they navigate education and life, offering academic, social, and emotional support as they learn, grow, and achieve their dreams. For more information, visit www.cihadf.org, and to join our Charity Partners team, contact ksia@cihadf.org.

 

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Colorado Pet Pantry

Help pets stay with their loving families during hard financial times. The Colorado Pet Pantry temporarily feeds Colorado pets, allowing families to increase their ability to care for pets with the goal of keeping them out of shelters and in their homes. In 2018, our volunteers helped people-in-need to feed 1.8 million meals to hungry pets. The organization hosts 26 monthly pet food banks, as well as provides food and supplies to 70+ animal rescues, Veterans groups, domestic violence shelters, low-cost veterinarian clinics and low-income housing buildings. Due to our partnerships and volunteers, $5 feeds a pet for a month. For more about us, visit www.coloradopetpantry.org.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Eileen Lambert, eileen@coloradopetpantry.org.

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Colorado Professional Fire Fighters

The Colorado Professional Fire Fighters Foundation provides aid and support to Colorado Fire Fighters and their families if they are victims of a tragedy. The CPFF Foundation was founded in 2002 by Colorado Professional Fire Fighters who recognized the tremendous void left in the lives of their Brothers and Sisters in times of suffering. Many of these needs can go overlooked after a tragedy, and from this financial void, the purpose of the CPFF Foundation was forged. If you choose the CPFF Foundation as your charity partner you’ll be giving directly to Fire Fighter families in times of need.  For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Tyler Hecox, satirepro@gmail.com 

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Colorado Youth for a Change

Colorado Youth for a Change supports thousands of students each year across the state. Through our prevention programming, we’re helping children enter kindergarten ready to learn; we’re supporting children in reading on grade level by the end of third grade and achieving grade-level proficiency in math by the end of eighth grade; and we’re walking alongside students to boost attendance and engagement in high school. Colorado Youth for a Change also reenrolls hundreds of students back in school each year after they’ve dropped out. We believe all students deserve a supportive pathway toward graduation.

For more information visit youthforachange.org or email emilyl@youthforachange.org.

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Confluence Ministries

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

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

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Craig Hospital Foundation

EMPOWERING THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WITH SPINAL CORD AND BRAIN INJURIES.

Join Team Craig to empower 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 Laura at llyons@craighospital.org or visit www.CraigHospital.org.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Rocky Mountain Chapter

The CF Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis, and nearly every CF-specific drug available today was made possible with our financial support. We are a donor-funded, 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is fully accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB).  Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, sticky buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas, and other organs. For more about us, visit www.cff.org/rockymountain.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Molly Smith, mmsmith@cff.org.

Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s

Our mission is to help people with Parkinson’s live well today. We provide essential information, practical tools, and inspiration to people living with Parkinson’s. We fund early-phase, innovative research that focuses on exercise, speech, movement, and other factors that affect quality of life.

Over 35% of the Foundation’s revenue comes from Team DPF – our grassroots fundraising community that is made up of individuals who have a passion for helping improve the quality of life for people affected by Parkinson’s. Join us as part of Team DPF at the Colfax Marathon and help inspire others to live well today. Team DPF fundraisers run for a cause and can earn fun team swag like tshirts, tumblers, running apparel and branded Patagonia sweaters! For more information or to join Team DPF, email Rebecca Reifel at rreifel@dpf.org or visit www.teamdpf.org.

Denver Fire Department Foundation

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

Denver Health Foundation

The springboard for the health and well-being of everyone in Denver

Denver Health Foundation helps donors with diverse interests make a comprehensive impact on the health, social and economic well-being of the greater Denver area by supporting the exceptional care provided by Denver Health. For over 160 years, Denver Health has been at the center of health innovation, changing with the city as its challenges become more complex and its solutions more interrelated. Denver Health goes far beyond being a proud provider of emergency services for all and care for those with limited resources—it’s also a key community player in preventive care, children’s early care and learning, and addressing the social determinants of health. Join us to become the foundation of Denver’s health. Contact the Denver Health Foundation at 303-602-2971.

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Denver Justice and Peace Committee

The Denver Justice and Peace Committee (DJPC) is a grassroots organization, that has been promoting human rights, economic, and environmental justice through education and nonviolent activism for four decades in the Denver area. Standing in solidarity with communities seeking justice in  Latin America, supporting the struggles of indigenous people to maintain their cultural integrity while interacting with the broader world. To learn more about DJPC visit our website www.denjustpeace.org  To learn more about our participation in the Marathon contact Rebeca Zuniga at djpc@denjustpeace.org or call 303-623.1463.

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Denver Kids

Denver Kids empowers students to positively shape their lives, successfully complete high school, and pursue post-secondary options. For more information about Denver Kids, please visit www.denverkids.org. To learn more about our Denver Kids charity partner program, please contact Kendal Osborn, Kendal_Osborn@dpsk12.org.

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Denver Public Schools Foundation

DPS Foundation is the strategic fundraising partner for Denver Public Schools. Powered by the generosity of our donors, we have demonstrated the power of public education and impacted the lives of students across DPS for more than a quarter of a century. We engage our community, educators and DPS to accelerate progress and we help to find the most impactful ways to empower teachers, fuel engaged learning, and support students and their families. Some of our programs include career development classes, afterschool programs, A to Z Fund classroom grants for teachers, and middle school sports. Our goal is to help make sure every student, in every school, has the tools and resources to reach their fullest potential. To learn about our Colfax Marathon nonprofit partners program, contact Libby Hodgin at (720) 423-3585. For more information visit, www.dpsfoundation.org.

Denver Urban Gardens (DUG)

Denver Urban Gardens’ (DUG) mission is to preserve and expand urban green spaces while sharing knowledge and resources to grow food in community. Over the past 35+ years, our network of community gardens has expanded to 190 gardens across six metro Denver counties as we have championed the power of plants, the people who grow them, and the communities they nourish.

During that time our program reach has extended to offering educational resources and skill-building in urban growing for all ages. We also provide access to seeds, seedlings, and an interconnected network that builds community resilience by growing local, fresh, organic food together. To learn more visit www.dug.org and join our online community network at https://community.dug.org.

For more information, visit www.dug.org or email dirt@dug.org.

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Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo is a leader in connecting people to the awe and importance of wild animals while providing unparalleled care, educational experiences, and local and global conservation efforts that help save wild places and wildlife. Our more than 350 employees and 600 volunteers passionately support our mission everyday: Secure a Better World for Animals Through Human Understanding. We invite you to join us for a memorable day with your family exploring our more than 84 beautifully landscaped acres on the north end of Denver’s City Park. Or, if you share our passion and vision, please become a member or donor so our animals and staff can continue their work on behalf of wild animals and wild places around the world. For questions about our participation in the Charity Partner program, please contact Veronica Scofield at AScofield@denverzoo.org.

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Developmental Pathways

Developmental Pathways is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency serving individuals with developmental disabilities/delays and their families. We passionately believe inclusion is for everyone.

For more information visit dpcolo.org or email g.kennedy@dpcolo.org.

Environmental Learning for Kids

INSPIRE, EDUCATE, TRANSFORM.

Environmental Learning for Kids’ (ELK) overarching dream is to remove barriers and provide all youth with educational opportunities. ELK is an inclusive non-profit organization that develops inspired and responsible leaders through science education, outdoor experiences, and lasting mentor relationships for under-represented youth ages 5-25. As a multiple year Colfax Marathon Charity Partner, we would be honored for you to join our awesome team of runners! To join our team, simply select Environmental Learning for Kids as your charity partner during race registration. For questions about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Christina Hoffman at choffman@elkkids.org. To learn more about ELK programs and happenings, please visit our website at www.ELKkids.org.

 

 

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 www.epicexperience.org.  We hope you will run with us and join our fun team.  Please contact Nancy Ferro,  nancyf@epicexperience.org,   720 431 7621.

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Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado & Wyoming

The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado & Wyoming is the leader in empowering, connecting, and educating to improve the lives of everyone affected by epilepsy. The Foundation leads the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. Epilepsy is a common neurological condition that causes seizures which can affect a variety of mental and physical functions. One out of 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy in his or her lifetime. The Foundation offers a wide range of programs for our community including our internationally recognized summer camps for children with epilepsy, adult and teen support groups, Seizure Safety School presentations, advocacy initiatives, first responder training, and our holistic mental health program. To learn more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact admin@epilepsycolorado.org or visit www.EpilepsyColorado.org.

Extreme Community Makeover

Extreme Community Makeover coordinates volunteer teams to partner with Denver residents to improve their own homes and neighborhoods. These projects build safer environments; cultivate community among residents, neighborhoods, and networks of local resource providers; and connect residents to a permanent path towards healthy, hopeful, and stable lives.

For more information visit www.extremecommunitymakeover.org or email angela@extremecommunitymakeover.org.

 

Family Tree

Family Tree is a non-profit human services agency providing innovative, life-changing services designed to end child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. Our partnership with the Colfax Marathon allows us to share the work of Family Tree but also join in the initiative of encouraging and participating in community wellness activities.

For more information email cmartines@thefamilytree.org or visit www.thefamilytree.org.

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Fetal Health Foundation

Fetal Health Foundation supports families receiving a fetal syndrome diagnosis, funds life-saving research, increases fetal syndrome awareness, and shares leading medical information on fetal syndromes.  Over 800,000 pregnancies in the United States yearly are affected by a fetal syndromatic issue. Sadly, over 200 babies a day die from complications due to these conditions.  The Fetal Health Foundation is the only organization to provide support, awareness, and fund research on all fetal syndromes.  We work to provide the HOPE so many families need during a diagnosis.  For more information about us, visit www.fetalhealthfoundation.org.  To learn more about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Lonnie Somers, lonnie@fetalhope.org.

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Firefighters of Aurora Benevolent Fund, Inc.

The Firefighters of Aurora Benevolent Fund, Inc. (FABF) was established in 2012 after the untimely and tragic death of firefighter Jason Murphy.  The fund is for firefighters and their families to be used in times of need and support due to death or illness.  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Tony Tousley, atousley@aurora.gov.

Focus Reentry

We support people leaving incarceration and returning to the community. It is our belief that everyone deserves a second chance. We are participating in the 2021 Colfax Marathon to raise awareness for criminal justice reform in our community.

For more information visit www.focusreentry.org or email molly@focusreentry.org.

Food Bank of the Rockies

Fighting Hunger and Feeding Hope since 1978

One in 10 Coloradans and 1 in 6 Colorado children worry where they’ll find their next meal. Food Bank of the Rockies works to end hunger in our community and help struggling families thrive. More than 134,000 meals a day are share through our programs and partner agencies. Every dollar raised becomes four meals for our neighbors in need. Learn more about us and how you can create your own fundraising page to email to your friends and family, so they can join with you to fight hunger and feed hope!

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Foundation for Douglas County Schools

Expanding Educational Opportunities for Students.

The Foundation for Douglas County Schools works to enrich student experience and promote innovation by engaging our community in supporting students. The Foundation makes targeted investments in Douglas County schools and programs to accelerate student achievement and skill development, encourage and develop great teachers, and expand community involvement in our schools. Thanks to the support of our donors and community, we have succeeded in raising over $40 million dollars since 2010, supporting over 85 parent-driven, volunteer-based chapters, and engaging more than 7250 children and teachers in educational events and programs. To learn about our Colfax Marathon charity partners program, contact Stacey Briggs at stacey.briggs@dcsdk12.org. For more information, visit www.foundationdcs.org

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Girls on the Run of the Rockies

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

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

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GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer

Participate with GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer’s endurance team and help raise funds for lung cancer research, legislative advocacy and patient/caregiver support services.

As a team member, you will receive race training and fundraising support as you work toward your goal of completing a marathon or half marathon race and toward your goal of impacting patient lives NOW!

For more information click here or email ssmedley@go2foundation.org.

GO4GRAHAM

Moving for Mental Health

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

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GoodTurn Cycles

GoodTurn Cycles is a full service electric bike shop located in Littleton. Through our product selection we help people become reacquainted with the joys and health benefits of bicycling. 

GoodTurn Cycles is much more than the products that we sell. GoodTurn Cycles is a nonprofit enterprise that provides paid work experience to young people who have barriers to employment. Our interns receive direct job skills training in our electric bike shop, learning how to service and repair traditional and e-bikes. They also receive coaching on employability traits that are valuable in any job setting. The youth we work with have a number of barriers to gaining traditional employment, including homelessness, refugee status, mental health conditions, as well as students on the autism spectrum. 

Learn more at goodturncycles.org or visit our store in Aspen Grove for e-bike sales, rentals, service, and tours. For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, please contact Adam Taylor, adam@goodturncycles.org

Haven of Hope

Since 1998, we have been serving those in need in any way we can. We are a day shelter located at 1101 W 7th Ave, Denver, CO 80204. We open our doors to everyone M-F from 7am – 1pm and weekends from 8 am – noon. Our guests are welcome to take a private shower, shop our clothing & gear bank, eat a hot meal and take along a to go meal for later.

We offer a variety of ancillary services such as Outreach Court, eye clinic, dental services, massage therapy, physical therapy, and counseling. Stout Street Mobile Medical Clinic parks on our corner every Tuesday to meet our guest’s medical needs and Regis University Health Care Interns come once a month to provide needed wound care. Denver Human Services, Denver Health, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Denver Mental Health Care all come to our shelter to ensure our guests have access to any benefits they may need and qualify for.

Haven of Hope does an excellent job serving our guests while preserving their dignity by service without judgement, but we don’t just stop there, our program called Fresh Tracks, provides a way for willing and able guests to return to self-sufficiency. With occupational/behavioral assessments and counseling to help determine their individual path, we then provide the education and career training needed to get them into workforce. During their participation in Fresh Tracks, they also work towards establishing themselves as an impactful member of society, establishing bank accounts, learning good financial management skills and most importantly, securing housing for themselves.

For more information thoh.org or email info@thoh.org.

Haymakers for Hope

Haymakers for Hope is a 501c3 non-profit that raises money for cancer research, awareness, survivorship and care, through boxing
and running events.

For more information visit www.haymakersforhope.org/ or email brian@haymakersforhope.org.

 

JDRF Mountain West Chapter

JDRF has one goal: to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). We are leading the fight by funding research, advocating for policies that accelerate access to new therapies, and providing a support network for millions of people around the world impacted by T1D. T1D is an autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent it, and, at present, there is no cure. Join Team JDRF to fight for a world without type 1 diabetes and help make a cure a reality. For more information, visit www.jdrf.org/mountainwest or contact Dana Slack at dslack@jdrf.org or 303-304-3087.

Jeffco Human Services Foundation

Jeffco Human Services Foundation is a nonprofit created to incubate and promote innovations that fuel prosperity for all families. One of the programs directly impacted by our effort is Jeffco Prosperity Partners (JPP), a community supporting families moving from poverty to prosperity through a multi-generation approach – students to diploma and parents to self-defined prosperity. Our goal is to break the cycle of generational poverty through services that focus on economic stability, education, employment, health and wellness, and social capital.

For more information email rdunaway@jeffco.us or visit www.jeffco.us/2717/Jeffco-Human-Services-Foundation.

Latina SafeHouse

Walk, jog, and/or run with Latina SafeHouse!

The mission of the Latina SafeHouse is to provide bilingual and culturally sensitive services to Latinx survivors of domestic violence
and their families.

Our staff is fluent in Spanish and provides compassionate, caring and culturally responsive services through case management,
advocacy, and direct victim services. If you would like to keep in touch, make sure to follow us on social media and subscribe to our
newsletter, “El Pajarito.”

We look forward to walking, jogging, and running beside you this fall!

For more information visit www.latinasafehouse.org or email events@latinasafehouse.org.

Latinas First Foundation

Established in 2011 the Latinas First Foundation was created to provide a critical network and support for Latinas to reach their highest potential. The organization provides scholarships, mentorship and networking opportunities, and honors Latina Trailblazers and Unsung Heroines. Latinas First is focused on the cultural and historical contributions of Latinas to the state of Colorado and strives to herald a new generation of professional Latinas who will contribute to our communities.

For more information visit latinasfirst.org or email Executive Director Dr. Judi Diaz Bonacquisti at judi@latinasfirst.org.

League of Women Voters of Colorado

The League of Women Voters of Colorado empowers voters and defends democracy through nonpartisan education and advocacy to ensure every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge, and the confidence to participate in our democracy as an informed voter. Since its inception in 1920, the League of Women Voters has remained nonpartisan, never endorsing or opposing political parties or candidates. We believe issues and legislation remain above partisan politics and we promote inclusion for greater citizen involvement. The League of Women Voters is a trusted voice for nonpartisan voter information.

For more information visit www.lwvcolorado.org or email bhendrix@lwvcolorado.org.

Littleton Public Schools Foundation

Littleton Public Schools Foundation raises money to support each Littleton Public School (LPS) student’s individual path to success. In existence since 1991, we’ve provided over $8 million in funding to LPS.

Our wide range of projects includes everything from funding a STEM makerspace in an elementary school to emergency therapy sessions for students in peril to college scholarships for students pursuing education degrees.

For more information visit LPSFoundation.com or email kjames@lps.k12.co.us.

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LOVE Takes Root

Cultivating the future of children worldwide.

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

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Lutheran Family Services Refugee Resettlement

Run for our refugees!

Since 1975, LFSRM has supported people uprooted by persecution and violence on their path to self-sufficiency and integration. The recent crisis in Afghanistan has significantly intensified the workload of LFSRM’s resettlement services as they provide housing, employment, English language and cultural orientation classes for those needing our protection. Run for us, and help us help them!

For more information visit http://www.lfsrm.org or email Hanna.Simmons@lfsrm.org.

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Make-A-Wish® Colorado

Make-A-Wish® Colorado creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Founded as one of the first Make-A-Wish chapters in 1983, Make-A-Wish Colorado has granted over 5,785 wishes to children across the state of Colorado. For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit wish.org/colorado or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @wishcolorado. To join our Charity Partners team,
contact Patti Forsythe at pforsythe@colorado.wish.org or call 303-750-9474.

Mental Health Center of Denver

We are a place for recovery, resilience and well-being, known as a model for innovative community behavioral health care. Through multiple community sites and collaborations with partnerships, we provide treatment, prevention, outreach and crisis services to children, families and adults. Support us by running with our team this Colfax Marathon.

For more information visit mhcd.org or email amanda.degruccio@mhcd.org.

Metropolitan State University of Denver Foundation

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

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Mile High United Way

We are the hand-raisers, the game changers. For more than 130 years, Mile High United Way has united the full force of the community to fight for the education, health, and financial stability for everyone in Metro Denver. Our mission is to unite people, ideas, and resources to advance the common good.

For more information email volunteer@unitedwaydenver.org

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Mile High Weimaraner Rescue

Mile High Weimaraner Rescue (MHWR) is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the rescue and rehoming of
Weimaraners. The rescued Weims receive veterinary care and are fostered in Colorado before they are adopted.

As a completely volunteer based organization donations are always welcome, needed and very much appreciated!

For more information visit www.mhwr.org or email info@mhwr.org.

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Mirror Image Arts

Mirror Image Arts passion and purpose are to DISRUPT the School-to-Prison Pipeline through the power of theatre. We work with and for young people in schools and juvenile justice centers. We work to build moments where social-emotional growth can happen and where young people can express themselves and their emotions through creativity, imagination, problem-solving, and play. To learn more about us, visit www.MirrorImageArts.org. For info on joining our Charity Partners team, contact Theresa at t.mazza@mirrorimagearts.org.

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Move for Hunger

Move For Hunger is a national non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way to reduce food waste and fight hunger. We have mobilized the leaders of moving, relocation, and multi-family industries to provide their customers, clients, and residents with the opportunity to donate their food when they move. Members of Move For Hunger also organize community food drives, participate in awareness campaigns, and create employee engagement programs.  For more information about us, visit www.moveforhunger.org.  To join our charity partner team, contact Margo Cianchetta,  Margo@moveforhunger.org.

For race team information visit: moveforhunger.org/race-calendar/colfax-marathon

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National Alliance on Mental Illness – Colorado

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

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National MS 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 starting your own fundraising campaign with us or contact Christina at Christina.carro@nmss.org or 303.698.5433 for more information.

No Kill Colorado

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

No Kill Colorado is an advocacy organization that works with shelters and rescues and the public to save all healthy and treatable pets in Colorado. Our mission is to make Colorado the safest place for homeless pets. Please join our No Kill Colorado team to help us spread awareness for homeless animals in need and to raise money in order for us to assist in the facilitation of any programs and services needed to save lives in Colorado!  For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Jessi Harris, jessi@nokillcolorado.org.

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PawsCo

Do what you can, when you can.

PawsCo is a 501(c)3 animal welfare organization based in Denver, Colorado.

PawsCo is dedicated to reducing pet homelessness by keeping animals in their homes through partnering with the Food Bank of the Rockies for a year round Pet Food Drive, and serving as a partner to shelters and rescues to foster the most in-need animals – those animals not thriving in a shelter setting. PawsCo is a volunteer run organization committed to collaboration, education, and efficient operation.

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

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PCs for People

Through electronic reuse PCs for People provides the opportunity for all low-income individuals and nonprofits to benefit from the life changing impact of computers and mobile internet. Founded in 1998, PCs for People is a national leader in digital inclusion. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, every project, program and initiative at PCs for People is centered on getting low-cost computers and affordable broadband internet into the homes of low-income individuals. As a R2 certified recycler, PCs for People has the highest certification for environmental stewardship. We are one of two in Colorado with both the R2 and NAID AAA certifications.

For more information visit pcsforpeople.org or email denverinfo@pcsforpeople.org.

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Project Angel Heart

Project Angel Heart improves health and well-being for people with life-threatening illnesses by preparing and delivering medically tailored meals and promoting the power of food as medicine. In 2018, the agency will provide more than 385,000 meals, at no cost, to 3,000 Denver and Colorado Springs residents facing cancer, kidney disease, HIV/AIDS, and other illnesses. For more information, please visit ProjectAngelHeart.org or call 303.830.0202.  For more information about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Sarah Mirick, smirick@projectangelheart.org, 303-407-9420.

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Project COPE

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

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

 

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Project Inti

We provide aid and education to low-income Peruvian families and communities.

Our team has a love for the mountains, helping and healing people, and inspiring others to embrace the indigenous culture of Peru. Some of our past initiatives have included teaching Leave No Trace principles to porters of the Inca trail, disease prevention and basic hygiene, basic first aid, and assisting in manual therapies to children with disabilities. Contact Angie Parris-Raney, angie.projectinti@gmail.com. More information, visit www.projectinti.org.

Project Worthmore

Project Worthmore works to restore worth to our refugee neighbors through the heart of our community.  Every family we serve has a unique story, a steadfast courage and a resilience to survive and rebuild their lives in Colorado.  We provide programs that foster community, self-sufficiency and increase quality of life among Denver-area refugees.  Started as a makeshift response to the unmet needs of our refugee neighbors in 2009, we have grown to offer a variety of programs and services including English language classes, citizenship classes, a community-run food access program, a refugee training farm, a five-chair dental clinic, and access to Community Navigators and Family Partners.  For more about us, visit www.projectworthmore.org.  For more about our involvement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Erika Bodor, erika@projectworthmore.org.

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Ralston House

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

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Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation

Assisting Coloradans in Cancer Treatment

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

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Reintegra

To reintegrate is to make what was broken whole again.

Reintegra is a Colorado-based grassroots organization that helps survivors of human trafficking in Mexico pursue new dreams for their lives as they transition out of restoration homes.  We do this through offering grants for education and vocational training in a caring and supportive environment.  Reintegra women are becoming lawyers, nurses, businesswomen and activists.  To learn more visit reintegra.org or contact andy@reintegra.org.

Rocky Mountain MS Center

The mission of the Rocky Mountain MS Center is to improve the quality of life of individuals and their families living with MS and related neurological diseases through care, support, education, and research. 100% of the funds we raise stay local, and these funds make our programs and services possible. By participating in one of the Colfax Marathon races as our charity party you are raising awareness for multiple sclerosis and supporting our patients, caregivers, and advocates.

If you’d like to get the word out about your race and support our mission by fundraising, please contact Sarah at skyger@mcenter.org for more information. The funds you raise help us to put our mission into action, and we are so grateful you’ve chosen our organization as your charity partner.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver

When families have a seriously ill child and need to seek medical care far from their own homes, they can turn to RMHC-Denver to find a home away from home and a place to stay together. At no cost. For as long as treatment takes.

More than just shelter, the Houses of RMHC-Denver provide security, comfort and care. They are places where laughter is shared, friendships are formed and hope is nurtured. RMHC-Denver operates two Houses, in Denver and Aurora. Between the two we can house up to 118 families a night.

By joining the RMHC-Denver Colfax Marathon Team, you are helping to bring vital awareness and funds that enable families to access the medical care that they need and stay together during their medical journeys.

For more information visit rmhc-denver.org or email cgriffin@rmhc-denver.org.

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Rose Andom Center

The Rose Andom Center offers a path to hope and healing for people who have experienced domestic violence. We cultivate and maintain partnerships with over 20 community and city agencies, creating a crucial support network of resources needed NOW.

Many individuals in our community experience physical, emotional, psychological, and financial abuse in their intimate relationships. The effects of this type of abuse are profound – a victim may be left homeless, jobless, with acute or chronic health problems, and suffering from depression and/or anxiety disorders. No single agency or resource can effectively respond to the scope of needs most victims and their families face. Based on a national model of best practice, the Rose Andom Center is the first nationally recognized Family Justice Center in Colorado. At the Rose Andom Center, community organizations and government agencies work together under one roof to provide for the needs of individuals and families affected by domestic violence.

For more information visit www.roseandomcenter.org or email kristinas@roseandomcenter.org.

Roundup River Ranch

We love a good challenge-by-choice!

By supporting Roundup River Ranch, you’re giving to children with serious illnesses who find their strength, courage, and confidence by facing challenges head-on. Our campers fight battles every day and now you can partner with them and be a role model as you run in a 2022 Colfax race!

For more information visit roundupriverranch.org or email dbaesel@roundupriverranch.org.

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Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation

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

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Scleroderma Foundation – Rocky Mountain Chapter

“Sclero” means hard and “derma” means skin. A hard word and an even harder disease to be diagnosed with because internal organs can be affected as well. The Scleroderma Foundation Rocky Mountain Chapter (SFRMC) provides educational and emotional support for scleroderma patients and their families; promotes awareness and provides education within the medical community to improve upon earlier diagnosis; and funds research to find a cure for scleroderma and related autoimmune diseases. For more information about SFRMC visit www.scleroderma.org/rockymountain. To learn more about our Colfax Marathon charity partner program, contact Maria Dastur at 303-806-6686 or rmchapter@scleroderma.org.

Second Wind Fund

Since 2002, Second Wind Fund has connected children and teens at risk for suicide with professional, specialized mental health counselors in their community. Second Wind Fund covers the entire cost of up to 12 sessions of therapy. It is truly a life-saving program, available to children and teens who have no other access to care. Suicide is currently the leading cause of death among youth ages 10-24 years old in Colorado. Second Wind Fund brings hope and healing to these young people by helping them discover positive ways to overcome the challenges in their life. Since 2002, more than 6,000 children and teens have benefited from Second Wind Fund’s unique and highly effective program. Visit www.thesecondwindfund.org to learn more about us. For information about our work with the Colfax Marathon Charity Partners program, contact Chris Weiss, cweiss@thesecondwindfund.org.

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Sobriety House

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 is experienced and passionate about helping our clients achieve lifelong sobriety! We are constantly looking for ways to share our passion for helping people with our community. We see this event as an opportunity to meet and engage in a fun and healthy activity while bringing awareness to Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health. The long journey to sobriety starts with a single step. Join us this year as we run for the brothers, mothers, friends, children, and all those that still suffer out there. Your support will allow us to grow our reach and help those that need us out there.

For more information visit sobrietyhouse.org or email agithenji@sobrietyhouse.org.

 

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Soul Dogs Inc

Soul Dogs, Inc. provides behavioral, habilitative, rehabilitative, and professional development services to individuals with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities and autism with the help of our therapy animals.

We are participating in the 2022 Colfax Marathon to bring awareness to our cause.

For more information visit https://soul-dogs-inc.org/ or email socialmedia@soul-dogs-inc.org.

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Southern Plains Lands Trust

We’re participating in the 2022 Colfax Marathon because a lot of our supporters are speedsters – like the American pronghorn protected on our preserves. We’d like to meet all the race participants, to introduce you to our work to create and protect prairie preserves in Colorado. So far, we’ve protected over 32,000 acres. Help us get this number to 50,000 acres in 2022. Prairie wildlife need more refuge. Bison, pronghorn, prairie dogs, badgers, and all the wild ones will thank you.

For more information visit http://southernplains.org/ or email splt@southernplains.org.

 

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Special Olympics Colorado

Improving Lives Through Sports

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

 

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Starpoint

Starpoint coordinates/facilitates services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We also offer early childhood intervention services.

For more information visit https://www.starpointco.com/ or visit myang@starpointco.com.

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Sun Valley Youth Center

The Sun Valley Youth Center empowers youth, families and community in the lowest-income neighborhood in Denver to greater success. We stand in the gap until there is no gap.

We are participating in the 2021 Colfax Marathon to activate voices suppressed by poverty.

For more information visit sunvalleyyouthcenter.org or email lara@sunvalleyyouthcenter.org.

Tepeyac Community Health Center

The principle challenge addressed by Tepeyac’s founding in 1994 remains today: Latino families experience a myriad of barriers to accessing healthcare—including lack of insurance, cost of care, and language and cultural hurdles. Tepeyac is the trusted provider in the Latino community and provides high-quality, affordable primary and preventative care to Denver’s most vulnerable families. Through the Colfax Marathon, we invite YOU to become a member of Team Tepeyac!

For more information visit www.TepeyacHealth.org or email EBrody@TepeyacHealth.org.

Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation

Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation is compassionately dedicated to raise awareness and educate others about the most common form of cancer in men ages 15-44 and provide lifesaving valuable support for patients, survivors and caregivers. We support the fight against testicular cancer through awareness and outreach, promoting the importance of monthly self-exams for early detection, support and guidance to patients and families, providing a resource for the medical community, providing financial assistance to those in need and continuing to save lives.

For more information visit www.testicularcancerawarenessfoundation.org or email info@testescancer.org.

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD)

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) is the leading nonprofit working to improve the quality of life of people affected by frontotemporal degeneration (FTD) and to drive research to bring hope for a world with compassionate care, effective support, and a future free of this disease. FTD is the most common dementia for people under 60, bringing progressive changes in behavior, personality, language and/or movement. Currently, there are no disease-modifying treatments, and there is no way to prevent or cure this disease. Advancing research into FTD is likely to have benefits for ALS, Alzheimer’s, and other forms of neurodegenerative disease, and we welcome partnerships and support from others looking to making a difference in the lives of the more than 60,000 in the U.S. alone who are affected by FTD. For more information, email Bridget Graham (bgraham@theaftd.org) or visit www.theaftd.org.

The Center on Colfax

The Center on Colfax opened in 1976 has grown to become the largest LGBTQ community center in the Rocky Mountain region, giving voice to Colorado’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community and playing a pivotal role in statewide initiatives to reduce harassment and discrimination. Today we are focused on fulfilling our mission by ensuring that every member of the LGBTQ community has access to the programs and resources they need to live happy, healthy, and productive lives.

For more information visit lgbtqcolorado.org or email info@lgbtqcolorado.org.

The Children’s Treehouse Foundation

The Children’s Treehouse Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Denver, Colorado with a research-based, group-support program for children ages 6 through 18 who have a parent or grandparent with cancer. Called CLIMB® – Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery, the program helps to normalize feelings of sadness, anxiety, fear and anger for the kids and stimulates improved communication between the children and their parents.

For more information visit www.childrenstreehousefdn.org or email admin@childrenstreehousefdn.org.

The Delores Project

The Delores Project believes that the solution to homelessness is housing. That’s why we provide extended-stay shelter for women and transgender individuals supported by rehousing-focused case management. We are thrilled to be participating in the 2022 Colfax Marathon because getting people housed and stable is a marathon, not a sprint.

For more information visit www.thedeloresproject.org or email rwood-mason@thedeloresproject.org.

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There With Care

There With Care provides thoughtful and fundamental services to families and children during the critical phase of a medical crisis. Your support will help us serve over 900 Colorado families this year.

For more information visit https://therewithcare.org or email katie@therewithcare.org.

 

 

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Together for Change dba Friends Colorado

Together for Change dba Friends Colorado is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, dedicated to the prevention of bullying. We educate and support youth sports clubs and schools, with the vision to see children and adolescents grow up in a safe, secure, and inclusive environment. Our approach is that it is the adults’ responsibility to create that environment. Bullying, harassment and discrimination are global problems and they require global solutions. There is a need and demand for qualitative, practical methods to prevent bullying. Our education is based on the kids voices, and tailored to each organization’s unique climate and needs, for accuracy, impact and sustainability. In addition to providing education and support to youth sports clubs and schools, we work to increase the public awareness, knowledge and engagement around bullying. Read more about Friends Colorado at https://friendscolorado.org/. For more about our participation in the Colfax Marathon, contact Jennie Scanlan, jennie.scanlan@friends.se.

 

UpRoot Colorado

UpRoot Colorado measurably reduces surplus protective foods in Colorado, supports the economic stability of farmers and increases the nutritional security of our state’s residents.

We are a charity partner of the Colfax Marathon because we are a community-focused organization, working to reconnect Coloradans with the beauty and benefits of healthy food and healthy soils while reinstituting food wisdom within our communities.

For more information visit www.uprootcolorado.org or email dave@uprootcolorado.org.

 

Water for People

Water For People is global nonprofit dedicated to providing access to improved water and sanitation systems and services to nine countries. Water For People empowers local governments, community members, and service providers to invest in the long-term solutions and systems that are right for them. This means listening to them and establishing trust from the very beginning. We want every community, household, school, and clinic to have lasting access to safe water and sanitation for generations to come – we call this impact model Everyone Forever. Learn more at www.waterforpeople.org.  For more information about our engagement with the Colfax Marathon, contact Georgia David, gdavid@waterforpeople.org

World Vision: Team World Vision

Team World Vision inspires people to take on the challenge of running or run-walking a full marathon or half-marathon to provide life-giving clean water to communities around the world. Today, 785 million people do not have access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene. Our team chooses to run or walk miles daily to eliminate steps women and child take to fetch unsafe water.

World Vision is the largest non-governmental provider of water in the world, providing a person with lasting clean water every 10 seconds. $50 can provide life-changing clean water to a child in need.

We would love for you to go farther together with us this season! For more information or to join a team visit www.teamworldvision.org/denver or email dwagner@worldvision.org.

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