On November 22, 2023

Wobble before gobble: running wild on turkey day


On Thanksgiving day each year, local region supports communities with a number of turkey trot fundraiser runs.
As Thanksgiving approaches, communities around the region are gearing up for the annual tradition of turkey trots. These festive running events not only promote a healthy and active lifestyle but also serve as opportunities for charity fundraising and community engagement. In this article, we will explore some of the prominent turkey trots happening on Thanksgiving and delve into the significance of these events in bringing people together for a good cause.

One of the most anticipated turkey trots in the region is the Toonerville Trail Turkey Trot 5K. Taking place  from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Toonerville Trail, 280 Clinton St., Springfield, this event offers participants a scenic experience along the Black River. With a registration fee ranging from $20 to $25, the 5K out-and-back run not only promotes physical fitness but also contributes to the betterment of local organizations. Runners come together to support the community while enjoying the natural beauty of the trail. 

Another noteworthy turkey trot that embodies the spirit of Thanksgiving giving is the Ludlow Turkey Trot, which unfolds from 9 to 11 a.m. at Dorsey Park, 41 Andover St., Ludlow. What sets this event apart is its unique entry requirement – participants can gain free entry by donating a toy or making a charitable contribution. The annual 5K event serves as a means of raising funds for Black River Good Neighbor Services. 

The 12th annual Killington Turkey Trot,  a 5k run, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at Pickle Barrel, 1741 Killington Road., is a community-driven initiative uplifting those in need. With a registration fee of $30-$35, this event serves as a platform for runners to contribute to various local charities. 

Zack’s Place on 21-22 Pleasant St. in Woodstock will hold its annual Turkey Trot at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. Proceeds will support Zack’s Place, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free programs to adults with special needs. The 5K walk and run gives participants the opportunity to contribute to a noble cause.

The tradition of turkey trots during Thanksgiving serves as a poignant reminder of the values that define this joyous holiday – giving, community, and gratitude. As runners lace up their shoes and take to the streets and trails, they not only embark on a journey of physical fitness but also embark on a shared mission to support local charities and uplift those in need.

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