By: Lanetra Bennett
November 28, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - Thousands of people got a 'running' start to to their Thanksgiving Day.
They're called Turkey Trot Heroes. They are the ones participating in the 38th annual Turkey Trot in Southwood in Tallahassee.
Although it's Thanksgiving morning, people like Juliette McDonald doesn't have to sacrifice family time to be here.
McDonald says, "My daughter and I call her my second daughter. We decided to do this together; train and prepare and do this together. We're excited about it. My husband was going to be here, but, he's down with a cold right now. So, we thought it was best that he not come out."
The co-director, David Yon, says this is most definitely the coldest Turkey Trot that he can recall. But, that didn't stop these Turkey Trot Heroes from crossing the finish line.
He says, "I think the cold weather led to some fast times in some of our races."
Yon says the weather may have kept Thursday's 5K, 10K, and 15K races from breaking last year's record of more than 5,900 runners. He estimates around 5,500 in attendance this year.
Last year's Turkey Trot also created the biggest contribution in the race's history with more than $43,000 donated to local organizations.
This was Tina Ruffin's first time running in the Turkey Trot. She says, "I looked into the different organizations that the money was going to be donated to and I supported it. So, I came on out."
The main beneficiaries of the Turkey Trot are The Refuge House, The Shelter, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Big Bend.
Tally Turkey Trot
This Thanksgiving Day the Tallahassee Turkey Trot will celebrate its 38th anniversary, and we are expecting a record-breaking year of support from our Turkey Trot Heroes. Last year was the biggest Thanksgiving Day Celebration yet - over 5,900 runners crossed the finish line in the 2012 Tallahassee Turkey Trot, and they created the biggest level of contributions in the race's history as more than $43,000 was donated to The Shelter, The Refuge House and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Big Bend.
These groups benefited greatly from the support of the countless number of Turkey Trot Heroes. Heroes gave above and beyond the entry fee, making Thanksgiving special for others. We are hoping you will add to the ranks of our Heroes this year. Once again we are asking our Turkey Trot Heroes to donate $35 either to The Refuge House
Your entire donation will go directly to the cause you designate. Heroes will receive a choice of a special commemorative gift (coffee mug ) As a Turkey Trot Hero, you will also receive a special gold star that you can proudly wear on your race bib on Thanksgiving Day! And if you want to reach for an even higher level of $50, you can be a Super Hero and receive two commemorative gifts Most importantly, your generosity will make a difference in someone's life. You will have the opportunity to become a Turkey Trot Hero during the registration process; however, if you are unable to attend, you may still contribute by mailing a check or contribute online (no additional processing fees) at Eventbrite.com
It is not your ordinary competitive event. While there is no doubt there will be fast runners and a lot of hard competition, it is also a day for families and friends to come together. The Tallahassee community has responded to this event in a very special way to create a truly unique atmosphere. Thanksgiving Day is a day that brings us all together, gives us time to reflect on the positive things in our lives and motivates us to share just a little bit extra with the community we call home. It is a great day for a race.
It is a community thing…
We hope you will be part of this year's race; it is your chance to be part of something special. Here's how you can do it.
Four races to choose from
Celebrate your health and fitness by finishing one of the following races:
The Turkey Gobbler 1 mile race
5K (3.1 miles)
10K (6.2 miles)
15K (9.3 miles)
The Turkey Gobbler, which is a great race for kids and walkers, is a 1 mile fun run/walk that starts at 8:00 a.m. The 5K, 10K and 15K races start at 8:30 a.m. on Esplanade Way in Southwood.
MORE INFORMATION: http://tallyturkeytrot.com/