Politics/Law/Government

The Scrogue's Guide to Denver and the DNC: ERACE Homelessness

by Sharon Truchan

Denver is known for its beautiful views. One only need look to the west to see its majestic mountainous silhouette. Inspires you want to get outside and do something, doesn’t it? Traveling can take a toll on the waistline, so while you visit, don’t forget your exercise regimen.

For the socially mindful, there’s a fun event that benefits the homeless while helping you stay on track with your workout. You are invited to join us for the 3rd annual ERACE Homelessness 10K/5K Run and 2K Fun Walk at Denver’s historic City Park on Saturday, August 23rd. City Park is conveniently located right in Denver (north 23rd Ave. and east Colorado Blvd cross streets). The event will include music, a massage tent, prizes for the top runners, and more.

All proceeds benefit Senior Support Services, a non-profit agency serving low income and homeless seniors. The agency has been in existence since 1976 and is solely geared toward the needs of this often-overlooked population. Senior Support provides three meals a day, a safe day shelter, and case management for seniors in need. Many find camaraderie in the company of peers, while getting the help they need to live independently and with dignity. Senior Support serves up to 200 seniors daily. Some of the seniors benefiting will be at the race, cheering the runners on.

Just east of downtown, City Park is one of Denver’s largest parks. Among its abundant attractions, the park contains the Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Zoo, Ferrill and Duck Lakes, paddleboat rentals, fountains, historic memorials, and flower gardens. City Park’s golf course lies just to the north of the park. The City Park area is a popular venue with both residents and visitors, sporting an array of trendy restaurants and stores.

If you go:

  • Cost is $25 in advance, $30 on race day and includes a race t-shirt.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top men and women racers, and top racers by age group.
  • Registration and check in begins at 8AM Saturday, August 23, 2008. The race begins at 9AM, and the winner’s circle commences at 10AM.
  • The 10K and 5K are timed, USATF certified, BolderBoulder qualifying races.
  • Pre-register and get more information online. Registration is also available on race day.

It’s a great way to get your exercise in, and support a great cause. Visit the Web site to register and for a map to the event.

Photograph by Kit Hedman.

2 replies »

  1. This race is small, but fun and you have a chance to win prizes. This race is truly for a great cause; our elderly homeless.There are good snacks for pre race and post muffins, juice, fruit… If you want to get away from the big races, this is the one and you’ll have a great time too.

  2. This race is well organized, great fun and is one of the few 10K’s in Denver city limits. I would recommend it to serious runners as well as families. Fun for all!! As there’s also a 5K, there are fewer people in each race meaning you have a greater chance of being a prize winner.