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Posted: January 15, 2013  

Athletics: Learn About the 2013 Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon Charity Partners Program

Source: Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon Date: January 14, 2013

Join the Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon to learn how the Charity Partner Program works and how other nonprofits have used it to successfully raise funds and awareness for their organizations

DENVER -- Local charities are invited to attend an informational meeting to find out about the 2013 Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon Charity Partners Program. It's one of the country's biggest fundraising platforms for local charities and non-profits. Charity Partners recruit runners to participate in the full marathon, half-marathon, marathon relay, 5K, or new 10-mile race on Sunday and Monday, May 19 and 20, 2013.

Two informational meetings are coming up to learn how the Charity Partner Program works and how other nonprofits have used it to successfully raise funds and awareness for their organizations. There is no obligation to join - and we are a "no fee"program!

Tuesday, January 15 or Tuesday, January 22, 2013
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Mile High United Way
2505 18th Street, Denver CO 80211 (right off I-25) | RSVP jean@runcolfax.org 

10,000 runners at the race start in Denver's City Park 
Runners visit 92 nonprofits in Charity Partner Village after the race 
The course runs through Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium - twice 

"The Charity Partners program is at the core of our race mission to encourage a healthy community in Aurora, Denver and Lakewood," said Andrea Dowdy, Executive Director of the race. "The race provides the event, tools and support to build a successful fundraising campaign where each runner can raise pledges. The best part: the nonprofit keeps 100 percent of the pledges raised."

With seven events over the weekend of Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19, 2013, there is an event for everyone, regardless of fitness level. The Colfax 5K kicks off marathon weekend on Saturday, May 18, 2013 and is a great option for walkers. Sunday's events include the 26.2 mile marathon relay, where 5 runners take a leg.

"Many of these charities are bringing participants to our event who have never run a race before, so our event lineup is designed to provide attainable and realistic goals for those less experienced athletes," said Dowdy.

Charity partners in 2012 ranged from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training (TNT), the world's biggest and most successful endurance sports charity training program, to Mile High United Way; from the Colorado Symphony to the Colfax Community Network, providing assistance to families living week to week in Colfax motels.

"With 95 charity partners, we are pleased to say that this puts us among the top marathons in the country in terms of the number of charity partners," said Jean Townsend, Charity Partners Program Manager.

Many charity partners are returning after successful experiences, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado, Food Bank of the Rockies, Urban Peak, Colorado Youth for a Change, and Denver Options' Operation TBI, supporting veterans with traumatic brain injuries.

"This was our second year participating as a charity partner. We were thrilled to raise $19,000 to help veterans with traumatic brain injuries, " said Katie Goulet with Denver Options' Operation TBI Freedom.

Local charities selected by the winners of the Corporate Cup and Government Cup relay divisions were awarded $35,000 by the Colfax Marathon and Kaiser Permanente.

More information can be found at RunColfax.org at the Charity Partners tab. Please email jean@runcolfax.org to learn more about participation in the Charity Partners Program.


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