303-204-8782

Hudson Gardens,Littleton, CO.

Charity Focus

2021 Charity of Choice

Giving Back

We learned a lot in the inaugural Mac 'N Cheese 5K. An important aspect of our first race was giving back to the the Denver community, and we did so through partnering with numerous local organizations that  are all wonderful in their own right. While we are proud of how much we were able to give back, when we divided our  total donations over so many groups, we didn't feel that we quite achieved the impact we were hoping to. That's why in 2021 we want to partner with just one organization that fits our family friendly mission, and provide them with as many resources as possible! 

2019 Results

2019 Photo Album

2021 Race Location

Meridian Metropolitan District

12111 E Belford Ave. Englewood Co 80112


"Education, Connection and Retention for Foster Families"


Foster Source is a 501(c)(3) non-profit serving foster families statewide in Colorado. Founders Renee and Brian Bernhard were foster parents and noticed the large gap in services for foster parents. Currently, half of all foster parents in Colorado quit within the first year. Another 20-25% quit in the second year. Foster Source is changing that.


The Problem


Every day in Colorado, 12 children enter foster care. Approximately 70% of foster parents quit within the first two years due to feeling overwhelmed, unsupported and unprepared for parenting children from traumatic backgrounds. When foster parents quit, children in foster care endure the additional trauma of being moved again. There is a severe shortage of foster parents in Colorado, especially experienced, long-term foster parents.




Our Solution


Children in foster care need more than love. They need to learn skills and resources to heal from trauma. These skills are provided by foster parents who are nurtured with the capability to foster better and foster longer. At Foster Source, our training classes are taught from a trauma-informed approach, helping foster parents learn new skills to meet children where they are, to start the healing process in their vulnerable hearts. Our classes include free childcare, giving foster parents two hours of respite and children in care 2 hours to spend with other children in care. Our relief services help make the foster parenting experience softer, leading children to experience appropriate family experiences with trust and comfort. Our therapeutic services give foster parents the mental health support they need to process the grief and secondary trauma that comes with foster parenting. This helps foster parents continue to foster. When we nurture and value foster parents, the children in their care heal sooner.


92% of our families report that they feel confident to care for vulnerable children longer than they anticipated thanks to our services.

Here at the the Mac N Cheese 5K, we want to remain committed to our goal of focusing on good old fashioned family fun. We hope a 3.1 mile jaunt  surrounded by your neighbors and friends dressed in their cheesiest attire sounds enticing. We hope the Mac N Cheese is an inviting post-race snack. And we hope you'll join us in supporting our 2021 charity of choice, and helping to build our community's future. 

Come for

the run

Stay for the Mac and cheese

$5000 in

prize money

ready for an amazing day?!

Come for

the run

Stay for the Mac and cheese

$5000 in

prize money

ready for an amazing day?!

Getting Started

Register to reserve your spot!

Whether you're joining us for your first-ever 5k or you're gunning for the $5,000 in prize money, we have training plans and coaching available to help you achieve your goals.

You're so close to the ooey-gooey mac 'n cheese waiting for you at the finish line, but you gotta get there first. Get training!

Come and enjoy the 2nd running of the Mac and Cheese 5k. It is guaranteed to be unforgettable!

Get Involved

Have a question about the event? Drop us a line. We would love to hear from you!





Participants

Want to be a part of the most fun race of the year? We need your help to make this event special!




Volunteers

Interested in becoming a sponsor or partner? We would love to work with you! By sponsoring the event, your brand will have access to tens of thousands of Denver community members.


Partner/Sponsors

Get Involved

Have a question about the event? Drop us a line. We would love to hear from you!

Participants

Want to be a part of the most fun race of the year? We need your help to make this event special!

Volunteers

Interested in becoming a sponsor or partner? We would love to work with you! By sponsoring the event, your brand will have access to tens of thousands of Denver community members.


Partner/Sponsors

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