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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

Adams State University Alumni – 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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AfricAid

AfricAid supports locally-led mentorship initiatives for secondary school girls in Tanzania that cultivate confidence, improve academic and health outcomes, and promote socially-responsible leadership skills.

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

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AFTD (The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration)

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.

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 Colorado Chapter

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 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.

Thank you for supporting our chapter through The Longest Day. The Longest Day is the Alzheimer’s Association’s second signature event nationwide. To learn more about it please visit our website, alz.org/tld or contact Courtney McKibbin, clmckibbin@alz.org.

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American Diabetes Association – Rocky Mountain Area

We’re ACTIVE for life in Rocky Mountain Area! The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. When you walk or run for the ADA you’re raising awareness in the Rocky Mountain community about diabetes!

For more information visit diabetes.org or email ADARockyMtn@diabetes.org.

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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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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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Autism Society of Colorado

The Autism Society of Colorado is proud and excited to advance our mission to create connections, empowering everyone in the Autism community with the resources needed to live fully. Our vision is to create a world where everyone in the Autism community is connected to the support they need, when they need it. We host a variety of support and social groups for autistic individuals and their family members. Our Autism information and referral program connects the Autism community to life changing resources and our Autism 101 program aims to educate and inform the community about Autism.

For more information visit www.autismcolorado.org or email info@autismcolorado.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 lindsey.krenzer@backonmyfeet.org.

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Bike & Build

We educate and empower young adults for a lifetime of civic engagement through cross country and regional service bike trips that support affordable housing. You can catch us every summer biking and building with affordable housing nonprofits from coast to coast and in between!

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

 

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Canine Companions

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.

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.

CHEER Colorado

Our Mission

CHEER Colorado is committed to raising spirits and empowering people into action that supports health and wellness and inclusion and diversity in the Colorado LGBTQ+ community and beyond.

Our Values

Safety, Philanthropy, Accountability, Respectability, and Kindness: SPARK!

For more information visit cheercolorado.org or email fundraising@cheercolorado.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 Kelly Vigil at kvigil@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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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 CASA

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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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 Japanese Chin Rescue

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

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Colorado Mama Tribe

Colorado Mama Tribe provides support, resources, and community to women raising children with medical and special needs in Colorado.

Studies have shown that people in care-giving role are twice as likely to suffer from depression, and while the moms in our group are some of the strongest, they are in desperate need of a support network to maintain their mental health.

Our moms regularly deal with things like:

Frequent and long hospitalizations. Sleepless nights for their children’s medical interventions and sleep disorders, having to learn complex medical, insurance, therapy, and governmental systems to get the services their children need. Higher risk of child loss. Isolation and loneliness.

Please consider supporting these moms by choosing to run for us and our children! Choosing Colorado Mama Tribe as your charity partner would make a huge difference for our organization allowing us to better care for their medically and behaviorally complex children. We would be incredibly grateful for choosing to run WITH us.

For more information visit www.coloradomamatribe.com or email info@coloradomamatribe.com.

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Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS)

The wilderness is our classroom. The positive outcomes our students experience manifest as increased self-confidence, strengthened leadership and communication skills, and active citizenship. This includes a deepened awareness and respect for the interdependence of individuals and a desire to make a positive difference in their own lives and the lives of others.

The idea that “you are needed” is a critical ingredient to the success of Outward Bound programs. It is this element of inclusiveness and reliance on teamwork that sets an Outward Bound expedition apart from any other learning experience; expedition members are “crew, not passengers.”

At Outward Bound, we don’t just encourage students to contribute to the group; we require it. After all, on an Outward Bound expedition, awareness and respect for others are not optional; it is necessary for success. And as such, strangers become life-long friends. Small accomplishments on a course become life-long habits. Through shared challenges, adversity, failure and success, students discover skills for life.

We are running because this is a hobby of our staff and we see it as a great opportunity to connect with the greater community of the city and the state.

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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 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 24 years, 353 volunteers have completed the program, and 68 non-profit agencies have received over 635,400 hours of volunteer service. To learn more or run with us, contact Bill and Mary Frances Jaster, cvv@covivo.org, 303-863-8141.

 

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Colorado Youth for a Change

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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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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.

Dash for Smiles

Dash for Smiles raises awareness for cleft lip and palate and supports our local cleft clinics.

For more information visit www.dashforsmiles.org or email dashforsmiles@gmail.com.

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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 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 Scholarship Foundation

Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) is a nonprofit helping to make college possible and building the educational and economic future of Denver by collaborating with Denver Public Schools (DPS) high school students, families, and partners statewide to increase access and completion of post-high school learning, while also expanding generational exposure to career and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Our full-time College Advisors work proactively with all DPS 9th-12th graders at our DSF Future Centers located inside DPS high schools.

We award need-based scholarships to DPS graduates attending a community college, university, or technical college in Colorado.

We partner directly with colleges in Colorado to provide our scholarship recipients with extra financial aid and ongoing support to help them succeed.

For more information visit denverscholarship.org or email cdelatorre@denverscholarship.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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Douglas County School District

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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Education Through Music – Colorado

Education Through Music-Colorado partners with under-resourced schools to build sustainable music programs. We believe that all children deserve a well-rounded education that should include music. We love our Denver community and are excited to be involved with this race!

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

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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 camps 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. In 2021 we added Virtual low intensity work out classes twice a week, Podcast Campfires of Hope and 1 day programs bringing adult thrivers and caregivers together. 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 events@epilepsycolorado.org or visit p2p.onecause.com/colfaxmarathon.

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 info@extremecommunitymakeover.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.

Food Bank of the Rockies

Food Bank of the Rockies ignites the power of community to nourish people facing hunger. Every dollar raised helps us provide four meals and immeasurable hope to people who worry where they’ll find their next meal.

For more information visit https://www.foodbankrockies.org or email events@foodbankrockies.org.

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Girls Inc. of Metro Denver

The mission of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver (GIMD) is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

The vision of GIMD is a world in which every girl values her whole self, discovers her inner strengths, and achieves her goals.

For more information visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxgKxde-BjQ or email info@gidenver.org.

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

Help us break the stigma of a lung cancer diagnosis while using your lung power to run the 2023 Denver Colfax race of your choice!

Founded by patients and survivors, GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer, transforms survivorship as the world’s leading organization dedicated to saving, extending, and improving the lives of those vulnerable, at risk, and diagnosed with lung cancer.

We work to change the reality of living with lung cancer by ending stigma, increasing public and private research funding, and ensuring access to care.

For more information visit go2foundation.org or email endurance@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 nonprofit bike shop that provides job skills training for young adults that have not found success in traditional education or employment systems. Through a three-month, paid internship, young people learn bicycle mechanics, customer service, and employability skills. Additionally, they are paired with a mentor who supports them throughout their internship with career readiness and job coaching. Interns are given a bike to work on during their program and can keep the bike after completion.

GoodTurn operates on the model of sales, service, rentals, and impact. We sell and rent electric bikes, and also perform professional service on all bikes. These ventures sustain the internship program.

For more information visit https://www.goodturncycles.org/about/job-training-program-pg198.htm or email mikayla@goodturncycles.org.

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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 info@jeffcohumanservicesfoundation.org or visit www.jeffcohumanservicesfoundation.org.

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Lafayette Elementary PTO

Lafayette Elementary School’s Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) unites families, students, teachers, administrators, businesspeople, and community leaders devoted to children’s educational success and parents’ involvement in schools. Our PTO is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. We strive to build a strong partnership between faculty and families by providing diverse opportunities for involvement.

For more information cougarpto.org/ or email lafayettecougarpto@gmail.com.

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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.

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MSU Denver

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

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NAMI 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 Multiple Sclerosis 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.

National 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.

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. PCs for People is an e-waste recycler offering NAID AAA certified data destruction, R2 certified sustainable recycling along with a community service benefit to recycling partners. We accept nearly all electronics for recycling including computers, laptops, accessories, printers, switches, and other devices. PCs for People provides a valuable service to businesses, families, and the planet by keeping computers out of landfills and repurposing them to advance digital inclusion.

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

For 35 years, PAVE has worked to end violence in our community by empowering youth to build healthy relationships. To do this, we offer therapy & family supports to youth survivors of violence and violence prevention education & youth leadership programming to middle and high school students across the Denver Metro. When you run for PAVE, you raise awareness of violence and help us all move closer to communities filled with healthy relationships!

For more information visit www.projectpave.org or email info@projectpave.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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Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis 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.

Rutledge Cancer Foundation

Rutledge Cancer Foundation works to ease the impact of cancer on the lives of teens and young adults, raise survival rates and find a cure for sarcomas and other solid tumor cancers.

We fund patient programs that address unmet emotional and physical needs.

We work as a catalyst to increase awareness and early detection.

We support research for less toxic, personalized cancer therapies.

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

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Save Our Youth Mentoring

Save Our Youth is a 501 (c)3 non-profit youth mentoring organization that connects young people to hope through long-term mentoring relationships.

Mentoring youth has been shown to have powerful positive effects on young people within their personal, academic and professional lives, which directly relates to their personal growth and development as well as social and economic opportunities that might not normally be offered to them.

Our vision is to see a world where every young person embraces their God-given worth.

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

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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 Michelle Aquino, maquino@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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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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Steps2Walk

ONE CHILD, ONE SURGERY, ONE STEP AT A TIME.

Steps2Walk’s vision is a world where orthopedic foot and ankle care is available to everyone, in every region of the world. We specifically focus our foot and ankle care in countries where the need is the greatest, where resources are few. By choosing us as your Charity Partner, YOU can help make a difference in children’s lives around the world! We are a fully donor-funded 501(c)(3) non-profit and we need your help to continue the humanitarian work we do!

For more information visit www.steps2walk.org or email lindsey@steps2walk.org.

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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.

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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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.

Together for Change

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.

 

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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

WeeCycle

WeeCycle supports Colorado infants and toddlers by providing essential baby gear and supplies to families in need. We collect, “weecycle” and match new and gently used baby essentials with those that need them most in our community.

For more information email info@weecycle.org.

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Youth Celebrate Diversity

YCD is building a grassroots movement of students and educators organizing locally to address social problems, fight for social justice, and make schools safe and inclusive for all identities.

But we need your help to do this work! Consider running for YCD as part of the Colfax Marathon events. Your fundraising can go to support high school teens working to make Colorado’s schools a welcoming environment for everyone.

For more information visit https://ycdiversity.org/ or email cmunro@ycdiversity.org.

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