Turkey Trot

This Thanksgiving Day, our community held the annual Turkey Trot, an 8k race that is held every year on Thanksgiving Day. A typical turkey trot is a footrace, usually long-distance, and held on or around Thanksgiving Day in the United States. The name stems from the use of turkey as a common centerpiece of the Thanksgiving dinner

There are many different reasons why someone would run the Turkey Trot. In a way, the race symbolizes Thanksgiving itself with getting together with friends and family in the community. Some run for the fun of it, some run for a bonding experience with their family on Thanksgiving, and others run in order to burn off the calories expected to consume later during the Thanksgiving feast. Of course, some run for the competition. The awards are gift certificates to a local running store, Fleet Feet, and are given to the top overall male and female and to the top three males and females in each age division. Divisions for the race include: Men’s & Women’s 12 and under; 13-18; 19-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64, 65-69, 70 and up. Participants were encouraged to dress up as turkeys, pilgrims, and other festive costumes while they ran the race. For the little ones who wanted to participate in the fun, there was also a shorter 100 yard dash that was held  during the same day. 

The route itself consists of five miles of pre-turkey torture, starting with a mile and a half of a gradual downhill, followed by another mile and a half of steep rolling hills, and ending with a devastating two-mile uphill to the finish line.

The race started  on an early morning as participants get out onto the course to prepare for the 8:30 race. While they ran the course, friends and family bundled up to cheer on their loved ones. Children make and hold up signs while others ring cowbells and drink various hot drinks like hot chocolate or cider to stay warm. Once the race concluded, runners gathered together as they announced the winners of the race. 

Even though this Thanksgiving has past, turkey trots are held throughout the county every year on Thanksgiving. If you are interested in running the race, pre-registration opens in August of 2023, but be sure to sign up early as the prices increase the closer you get to the deadline.

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