Denver Turkey Trot Guide

Turkey Trots have become an essesntial part of Thanksgiving tradition. The holiday best known for food comas, family and football now includes a morning Turkey Trot in preparation for the 5000 calories headed your way. Thanksgiving has become the largest running event of the year as participants flock (no pun intended) to events across the country. 

We have two things for you in this article

1 - A list of Turkey Trots happening around the Denver area that you might want to check out.

2 - The RunGuides Denver Turkey Trot map to help you find Turkey Trots near you

Longmont Turkey Trot

Longmont Turkey trot
Date: Saturday November 9, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Distance: 10k and 2 miles
Run Size: 1,000

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble, GO!  Sign up to run one of the most scenic, fastest, 10k or 2 mile courses around happening in Longmount! The 10k course also has a wheelchair division.  Don’t just run for the fun of it, all of the Longmont Turkey Trot proceeds benefit the City of Longmont Youth Scholarship Fund.

> Get more info about the Annual Longmont Turkey Trot

Brighton Turkey Trot

Brighton Turkey Trot
Date: Saturday November 23, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Distance: 5k
Run Size: 750

Get in the Thanksgiving spirit with the annual Turkey Trot 5K Run and Walk, Colorado's flattest and fastest 5K! Brighton Colorado's Annual Turkey Trot is a beautiful, flat and fast run or walk through the city. Burn some calories early this year and make room for some extra stuffing and gravy by participating in the city's 34th annual race.

 > Get more info about the Annual Brighton Turkey Trot 5k Run/Walk

Arvada Turkey Trek

10k Turkey trek Arvada
Date: Saturday November 23, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Distance: 10k Trek, 5k Trot and 2k Toddle
Run Size: 1,000

This is the perfect pre-Thanksgiving outing to lift the whole family's holiday spirits! Just a few days before the big day, you can “earn your turkey” by run/walking the rolling hills of beautiful Long Lake Ranch Park. If you're into gobbling delicious treats and winning prizes while you run, every participant can compete in the Longmont Dairy Eggnog Chug Challenge and the Fill Your Pie Hole Challenge! Otherwise, make sure to get some delicious post-race treats and a warm drink at the finish line! The whole family goes home with matching Souvenir Trekker Trucker Hats that you'll be wearing for years to come.

 > Get more info about the 10k Turkey Trek

Pumpkin Pie 5K & 10K

Pumpkin Pie 5K & 10K
Date: Saturday November 16, 2019
Time: 8:45 a.m.
Distance: 5k and 10k
Run Size: 500

This November just wouldnt be the same without Pumpkin Pie and what could be better than a race named after the favorite tradition? Exactly, nothing! This run takes place right in the beautiful Denver City Park and of course all finishers get a sweet slice of pumpkin pie among other Thanksgiving goodies.

> Get more info about the Pumpkin Pie 5K & 10K

Pikes Peak Turkey Trot 5K

Date: Thursday November 28, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Distance: 5k and kids 'Tiny Trot' 
Run Size: 4,000

The Pikes Peak YMCA in Colorado Springs hosts the Pikes Peak Turkey Trot 5K and kids 'Tiny Trot' with breathtaking views of Pikes Peak. The event is the eagerly anticipated holiday event of the season drawing thousands out to run or walk and there's even a furry friendly wave where you can register your pup to run and they get swag too! The event has age based pricing so it's affordable for everyone and most importantly, EVERY PENNY goes back to the community to folks in need through YMCA programs. 

> Get more info about the Pikes Peak Turkey Trot 5K

Turkey ROCK Trot

Turkey Rock Trot
Date: Thursday November 28, 2019
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Distance: 5k 
Run Size: 1,000

Come out and trot, stroll, run, or walk and join Castle Rock's Turkey ROCK Trot annual Thanksgiving tradition. The Turkey ROCK Trot is a family Fun Run where you get the opportunity to "Run to Change Lives"! The Turkey Rock Trot is touted as one of the most premier Turkey Trots for families in Colorado by Colorado Runner and Hal Sports. Oh and we should mention there's free beer, delicious snacks, live music and the HealthFit Family Medicine expo to top it off!

 > Get more info about the Turkey ROCK Trot

Broomfield Turkey Day

Broomfield Turkey Day
Date: Thursday November 28, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Distance: 10k, 5k and 1/2 mile kids Fun Run 
Run Size: 500

The annual Broomfield Turkey Day welcomes all runners, walkers, and pumpkin pie eaters alike! Bring the whole family out for this fun-loving event. The kids dash, the 5k, and the 10k finishers will be feeling warm and cozy all year with winter knit beanie hats plus theres finisher medals for participants.

Want to be a part of something bigger on Thanksgiving? This event benefits local non-profit, Broomfield Fish, with a huge food drive at the event. Bring 5 donations and be entered into a race raffle to win sweet prizes! 

> Get more info about the Broomfield Turkey Day 5K & 10K

Mile High United Way Turkey Trot 

Date: Thursday November 28, 2019
Time: 10:15 a.m.
Distance: 4 mile and 1/4 mile family Fun-Run
Run Size: 10,000

The annual Mile High United Way Turkey Trot fundraiser in Denver is ranked in the top 10 turkey trots to "run your yams off" and was named one of the best Thanksgiving events in the country! This family event attracts many hungry runners and spectators to support United Way.

> Get more info about the Mile High United Way Turkey Trot

Stanley Harvesting Hope 5K

Harvesting Hope 5K Turkey Trot
Date: Thursday November 28, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Distance: 5k and 1k kids Fun Run 
Run Size: 1,500

The Harvesting Hope 5k takes place in northeast Denver in the Stapleton neighborhood along the paved trails through Central Park and Westerly Creek. Kids can participate for free in a 1k fun run. Strollers and dogs are allowed on the 5k route and registration includes a t-shirt, swag bag, and timed results along with free post-race entertainment. Every penny of proceeds go to charity making registration tax deductible for all!

> Get more info about the Harvesting Hope 5K

Looking for More Runs?

For the complete list of Turkey Trots and other races happening in and around the Denver area go to

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Published on Oct 08, 2019

Michael Prince of Vancouver is a writer, ultra runner, marathoner and vegetarian.

Well, okay, maybe just a few bites of Turkey one day a year...