Top Upcoming 5K Races In Denver

May 23, 2016 6:00 AM

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Want to help a good cause and get in shape at the same time? Double-knot those sneakers and start running! Denver has plenty of opportunities for you to accomplish both this summer. Here are the top five 5K runs in the city this month.
Run For The Door 5K
Cheesman Park
Denver, CO
www.runforthedoor.orgDate: May 28, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.

Support Open Door Ministries when you run with your family in Cheesman Park at the end of May. The nonprofit supports many individuals, including urban youth, the unemployed and women returning to society from the sex trade. When you run this morning, you’ll be running in the name of poverty in Denver. Help Open Door Ministries spread the love of God to those whose needs are more than others. The goal is to reach $100,000.

Heart And Stroke Walk
Denver Performing Arts Complex
1345 Champa Street
Denver, CO 80204
heartwalk.kintera.orgDate: June 4, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.

Organized by the American Heart Association, this annual walk is a 5K that meanders through downtown Denver. Traditionally a walk, this year the option for a competitive run is also available. The fundraising goal for this run/walk is $4 million. Top Walkers, or those who raise more than $1000, will receive plenty of prices including two tickets to a Colorado Rockies game and access to the Heart Walk VIP tent (massages and giveaways make it worthwhile post-race!).

Denver Challenge
Denver, CO
cnation.squarespace.comDate: June 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.

This is not your typical race. An urban challenge akin to a scavenger hunt or adventure race, this is hosted by Challenge Nation. Their website says it all: “Think of it like a 5K that tests your brains as much as your legs, with bigger prizes and a whole lot more fun — we guarantee you’ll have a blast!” The race is run in teams, so grab your friends and family members and make your way out to downtown Denver on a Saturday. Winners get gift cards and entry to the national championship race.

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Father’s Day 5K/10K
Central Park
Denver, CO 80238
www.featonthestreet.comDate: June 19, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.

Grab dad, granddad and great-grandpa and get moving for Father’s Day this year. In the third annual race, this 10K runs through Stapleton’s Central Park. The day starts off with a kid’s run, then a 5K and finally the 10K. All kid participants will win a prize, and awards will be given out for age groups in 10-year increments. Live runner tracking will be available, and free photos will be distributed after the race.

Undy Run/Walk
City Park
Denver, CO 80205
support.ccalliance.orgDate: June 25, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.

Support Colon Cancer Alliance in their annual undy run/walk, a 5K to support all patients of colon cancer past and present. There are three separate sections, a 5K for adults, a 5K for youth and a one mile fun run for all ages. Registrants will receive a pair of boxer shorts, with cancer survivors receiving a T-shirt and medal. Plenty of groups and companies have registered and are supporting the race — add your name to the list today!

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Jennifer Eberhart is a writer, reader, crafter, traveler and New Yorker. She works in midtown New York City for non-profit organizations. Her degrees are in communication studies and art history.You can contact Jennifer on Twitter at @egyptologist. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.