Turkey Trot 5k (Nov. 22)

November 19, 2018


Hello, neighbors! 

Please join us for our annual neighborhood Turkey Trot 5k! 

Please see info below, and let Amy and Paul Stivers (paul_amy50@hotmail.com) know if you have any questions!


When: Thursday, November 22, 9:00am start.

Where: Start at Forest Park Pool


Annual Forest Park Turkey Trot: Unofficial 5K
(not a sponsored Forest Park event)

The long-range forecast shows that Thanksgiving day will be 49 degrees and partly sunny with days in the 50's leading up to it. I am using the same unofficial 5K route we ran last year which includes a mix of roads, paved trail, and green belt trail. This route will require runners to run/walk over a water hazard (a.k.a. the creek) in the green belt, so please cross with caution. 


Race Route Description 

(will be marked with chalk on roadways and posted signs/arrows). 


  • Runners will start even with the pool sidewalk entrance, heading north on Fillmore Way.

  • Turn left on E. Dry Creek Place.

  • Turn left on S. Detroit St. and head south running on the east side of the street.

  • At the 4-way stop, cross safely ⚠ to the west side of Detroit and cross Jamison Ave.

  • Continue south on Detroit and turn right into the green belt open space and head west on the footpath trail. This is before you get to Clayton Way.

  • From the footpath, at Elizabeth Way enter the cul-de-sac running north onto Elizabeth Way.

  • Turn left on Jamison Ave. running on the sidewalk.

  • Turn left onto the crushed gravel green belt trail and head south.

  • Enter footpath trail from crushed gravel trail and continue heading south, veering on the path to the left to cross over the creek. Slow to a walk and use caution ⚠.

  • Follow footpath trail up the hill to the open green space and continue running back towards Detroit.

  • At Detroit, turn right and run on the west side of the street/sidewalk to Otero Ave.

  • Cross safely ⚠ at the stop sign to run north on the sidewalk on the north side of Otero.

  • When the fence-line ends, you will turn left to enter the greenbelt trail heading towards Arapaho Park.

  • Follow the trail to enter the paved trail starting at the basketball/tennis courts.

  • Run to the right to go around the paved trail loop at Arapaho Park.

  • At Detroit, turn left to run on the sidewalk heading south on Detroit.

  • Cross safely ⚠at the cross-walk and stop sign to the other side of Detroit, just past the Polo Run sign.

  • Head back north on the other side of Detroit until you reach Clayton Way.

  • Turn left onto Clayton and follow around the curve back to S. Detroit.

  • Turn left and head north running on the west side of Detroit.

  • Cross safely ⚠over Jamison Ave. at the 4-way stop to continue north on Detroit.

  • Turn left onto E. Jamison Place and head to the finish line at 2766! 🏃

There will be a walking route that is a little over 1.5 miles and will go around the park the opposite direction of the runners, so everyone can see each other, slap high fives, and cheer each other on.


  • Walking Route Description:Walkers will start with runners at the pool sidewalk entrance, heading north on Fillmore Way.

  • Turn left on E. Dry Creek Place.

  • Turn left on S. Detroit St. and head south walking on the east side of the street.

  • Walkers stay on this side of the street to enter the paved loop at Arapaho Park.

  • Follow the loop all the way around and turn right onto E. Long Cir N

  • Turn right onto S. Detroit St. and walk north

  • Cross safely ⚠ at Jamison Ave. 4-way stop to walk on west side of Detroit continuing north

  • Turn left onto E. Jamison Place to race finish at 2766!

Walkers are welcome to walk the entire 5K course, as well, but this gives a shorter option so everyone can finish somewhat together. 



The race ends at the Stivers house at 2766 E. Jamison Place. We will provide a Bloody Mary bar, coffee, and water at the finish. 


We will send out a SignupGenius to allow others to bring goodies, as well. If you would like to drop off your donated goodies ahead of time, you can text Amy at (720) 937-8347 to arrange a drop-off time the day before or in the morning.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email Amy and Paul Stivers at paul_amy50@hotmail.com. Don't forget to sign-up to volunteer and/or to participate! Looking forward to seeing everyone! 

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