Run to Raise Funds for Denver Zoo

Attention animal-loving runners! If you’re planning to hoof it around town, we already know you’re the dedicated type. Denver Zoo is excited to offer NEW fundraising incentives for 2024 when you sign up to run on behalf of Denver Zoo. Make a difference for wildlife while meeting a major personal milestone—here’s how.



All Participating Runners

Denver Zoo sticker PLUS a BOGO offer on your next visit to Denver Zoo—bring a buddy for the price of one ticket

All Participating Runners

Chance to win a Denver Zoo swag bag, two runners will be chosen at random


Goodr sunglasses


Denver Zoo t-shirt

Minimum $1,000

Exclusive behind-the-scenes animal experience
Please note: In order to receive your incentive prizes before Race Weekend, your funds must be submitted by April 19. Any funds raised between April 20 – May 24 are still eligible for incentives but we cannot guarantee arrival before Race Weekend.


Pictures of items are examples only. Actual items are TBD.


  1. Start by visiting the Colfax Marathon website.
  2. Use the drop-down menu to designate Denver Zoo as your Charity Partner, then follow the prompts. Click here to see what this registration looks like.
  3. Any race is eligible for the Charity Partners program including the 5k, Urban 10-Miler, Half and Full Marathon. Already registered? It’s easy to go back into your account and add a designation! Email for assistance.
  4. Get wild swag by fundraising for Denver Zoo or making a direct donation!

How to Fundraise for Denver Zoo

  1. Set up your fundraiser using any fundraising platform you like. We recommend Community First Foundation. Click here for instructions to set up a fundraiser through Community First.
  2. Spread the word! Share your fundraiser with your personal and professional networks.

Make a Direct Donation

Want the swag but not able to host a fundraiser? You can still provide vital support for Denver Zoo and earn swag, by making a direct donation through Venmo. Please include in the memo that your donation is for Running to Raise Funds. Your donation ensures that our 3,000+ wild and wonderful animals continue to receive world-class care. Your donation also supports our critical conservation work in Colorado and worldwide.