This area has no shortage of opportunities to participate in races through the beautiful trails and spaces right in our own backyards. Very few also the opportunity to allow the participants to give back to those who have given so much. On Saturday, October 27th, the Douglas County Veterans Monument Foundation is extremely proud to present VetFest, a 5K/10K race and Street Party in the heart of downtown Castle Rock in Festival Park. Last year, the first VetFest race was a such a huge success, organizers decided to make this year’s event even better, and have added the Street Party, which will carry on throughout the day.

The racers will get their start in the 5 & 10K events at 10am. For those runners who are active duty military, veterans or first responders, be sure to use promo code SERVE to save $5 on your registration. Active and veteran military are also encouraged to join the Armed Forces Run Off and select “Join an Existing Team” at registration. Choose your branch and which comes out on top on race day! Awards for the top three male and female finishers will also be announced t the finish line.

Registration for the 5K is $35 and $40 for the 10K, if racers sign up before October 26th. If you miss the chance to register early, you can still sign up on race day for just $5 more. Best part is that all proceeds will go directly to local veterans in need. With the Veterans Monument completed, the Foundation goal is to be a valuable resource that directly supports our hometown heroes, our local veterans. Currently, they are accepting applications for their new Veterans Assistance Grant Program. This program is designed to assist in ADA home modifications, funeral expenses, service dogs and filling the void where any other service gap exists.

The new addition of the Street Party, which everyone is invited to attend, whether or not they choose to participate in the race, will be a great way to spend a Saturday. The VetFest Street Party will have artist booths, food trucks and live music from Sarah P and the Dirty Logger. Additionally, Street Party goers can enjoy all that’s offered from local breweries in the beer tents; official beer vendors include 105 West Brewing Company, Burly Brewing Company & Rockyard Brewing Company.

Whether you’re planning on finishing that 5 or 10K or you’re just there for the party, come out to Festival Park later this month for the 2nd Annual VetFest and have a lot of fun, to do a lot of good, for our local veterans.

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