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In Jefferson County, organizers want to make a 5K as common for Thanksgiving as the turkey centerpiece.

Arvada: Too Much Turkey 5K 

Part of the Colorado Brewery Running Series, the 10 a.m. Nov. 25 “Too Much Turkey 5K” starts and ends at the Colorado Tap House in Arvada. The event is for runners, walkers, bikers and more. The run is only part of the event which also features food trucks, vendors, giveaways and more at the end of the run.

The proceeds from the run will go to local nonprofits, but the primary goal is fun.

Tickets range up to $70 and are available until the taproom hits capacity. 

For more information, check out the Too Much Turkey 5K event page.

Wheat Ridge: Feed Your Soul Fund Turkey Trot 5K Run

The only Turkey Trot 5k in Wheat Ridge happens at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18 at Prospect Park. The “Feed Your Soul Fund Turkey Trot 5K” is organized by Feed Your Soul Fitness.

“The race was a dream of (Sven Martin) one of the owners at Feed Your Soul Fitness,” said Ashley Andrien, one of the organization’s board members. “Sven’s fairly passionate about feeding the hungry. This was a dream that he and his wife (Brandy Martin) dreamt up.”

The Martins formed partnerships with local organizations that tackle food insecurity in Wheat Ridge — Community Table and Feed the Future Back Pack Program.

“With our particular race, all of the proceeds will go to the Feed the Future backpack program, in particular, to the program at Stevens Elementary, in Wheat Ridge. So, this was just our way to give back.”

Runners can register at the start of the race. According to the race webpage, the route goes from Prospect Park westward on the Clear Creek Greenbelt, then crosses the creek to return to Prospect Park.

Registration on race day is $35 for adults and $20 for kids ages 5-18. Come before 8:30 a.m. on race day to register last minute.

For more information, go to the Feed Your Soul Fund Turkey Trot 5K webpage.

A flyer for Feed Your Soul Fund Turkey Trot 5K run.
The inaugural Feed Your Soul Fund Turkey Trot 5k race is a fundraiser to help the Stevens Elementary families experiencing food insecurity this holiday season. Credit: Photo courtesy Feed Your Soul Fund

Littleton: Gobble Wobble 5K Run

The Gobble Wobble 5K Run takes place in Littleton on Thanksgiving morning. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 23 at Clement Park in Littleton. The 13-year-old race has become a Thanksgiving staple. According to the race webpage, the first year saw 750 participants. Today it has grown so to require a 1,500 participant cap.

Registration for this year’s Gobble Wobble 5K is sold out.

The proceeds from the race will support Freedom Service Dogs of America. For more information on the race, go to

Arvada: 10K Turkey Trek & 5K Turkey Trot 

The most festive race on the list is the 10K Turkey Trek & 5K Turkey Trot. The race takes place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 at Long Lake Regional Park in Arvada. It will end in the same space.

According to the race webpage, the run is not the only challenge of the day. The Turkey Trek & Turkey Trot offers a few festive surprises for racers. Throughout the route, racers will find holiday-themed activities such as an Eggnog Chug, a Hay Bale Hop and a Fill Your Pie Hole Challenge. Each activity is an opportunity for a secondary set of prizes and bragging rights, according to the race webpage.

Proceeds from this race will go to the Community Table of Arvada. Registration is open on race day if space is available.For more information, go to

Jonita Davis is a film and culture critic, author, and freelance writer. Her published books include Questioning Cultural Appropriation (2018 Enslow Publishing), Carrying On (2022 Saga Fiction), and the...

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