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Turkey Trot Turns 40

The starting line at the 2013 Turkey Trot.

Gobbles stretching before the race.

The2013 Turkey Trot attracted 10,000 runners.

The 2013 Turkey Trot was the biggest one in the race's 40-year history.

The Mile High United Way's 40th annual Turkey Trot in Washington Park raised over $450,000 for a wide range of community initiatives. With nearly 10,000 runners, it was the Denver nonprofit's biggest Thanksgiving race yet.
The Turkey Trot turned 40 on Thanksgiving with a bang. The 2013 edition of the annual Thanksgiving race at Washington Park organized by the Mile High United Way was the biggest one yet.

Nearly 10,000 runners participated -- along with 300 volunteers -- helping raise $450,000 for initiatives focused on school readiness, youth success and adult self-sufficiency.

With a beer garden, pre-race entertainment and the first costume contest in Turkey Trot history, the event was dubbed a success by officials from  Mile High United Way  and presenting sponsor Bellco. Mile High United Way Director of Marketing & Communications calls the race "an amazing Denver family tradition."

The runners were a very diverse bunch -- and more than a few were dressed as birds. "The oldest runner was 90 years old," says Morris. "We had participants from 47 states, and all over the world -- including Australia, Colombia and Finland."

The aforementioned 90-year-old, Denver's Stesia Boisvenue, was among the race's finishers. Clocking in with the fastest time was the reigning Colorado cross-country champion, 17-year-old Cerake Geberkidane of Denver East High School, who finished the four-mile race in 19 minutes and 27 seconds. 

Read more articles by Eric Peterson.

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