Denver, CO – The Denver Colfax Marathon concluded its 2023 marathon season by giving more than $100,000 to organizations within the Colorado community. The marathon awarded 75 checks this past week to local charities and schools at its annual awards celebration in Denver.

“We are extremely proud to partner with each of these organizations in our charity partners program,” said Andrea Dowdy, CEO of the Denver Colfax Marathon. “This program has a direct impact on our community and fulfills our mission of giving back to Colorado and beyond.”

This year, the marathon partnered with 140 different charities in its Charity Partners Program. This program allowed marathon relay runners in the race weekend to raise awareness and funds for a charity of their choice.  Each team of 5 competes within their division for upwards of $2500.

There are 4 divisions within the marathon relay: Open, Corporate (employee teams), Government (employee teams) and Public School Teachers (teachers and employees).

The Denver Colfax Marathon’s relay is now the largest in the U.S. and has a yearly prize pool of over $100,000 that marathon relay teams can win for nonprofits. The Denver Colfax Marathon is a nonprofit itself (501c3), with a tradition of giving back every year.

“Both of our organizations share an unwavering commitment to the health and vitality of those we serve, and the Denver Colfax Marathon’s dedication to the community is second to none,” said Brett Winingham, Market Growth Leader for Cigna Healthcare Mountain States. “Their partnership in building healthier communities where we live and work means so much to us.”

More than 21,000 people participated in the Denver Colfax Marathon May race weekend this year, making it the biggest running event in the marathon’s history. The 2024 Denver Colfax Marathon race weekend will take place May 17-19, 2024. Registration will begin in August.

To learn more about the Denver Colfax Marathon Charity Partners Program, and to see the full awards list, please visit