Registration for the 2014 Tallahassee Turkey Trot Smorgasbord is open!
Thirty-nine years and holding. In 1976 Tim Simpkins and Betty Ely won a 10 mile race in the Apalachicola Forest in what we consider the First Tallahassee Turkey Trot. We can’t see why we should wait until the 40th for a big celebration, so make 39 so much fun we never want to roll over to 40.
We have some great new plans for 2014. The Thanksgiving Day courses will all be the same, but we plan to bring you a big day of fun on Sunday the 23rd of November as Music Fest and Packet Pick up will expand to become the Tallahassee Turkey Trot Festival at Cascades Park and it will include a friendship run, The Tallahassee Turkey Trot Tune Up which we anticipate will start at 1:00. There will also be music, packet pick up and a health and fitness expo at Cascades Park. Stay tuned for details.
And while you are waiting, are you interested in a training group whose goal is to help you run Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day? Then we have the group for you – Turkey Trot Training Group. You can also visit the training group face book page. No worries if you missed the first session.
We are going to focus harder on giving the faster runners a chance to separate just a little in the beginning. We will introduce our new 8:30 pace group corral. You should only enter this area if you plan to run under an 8:00 pace for the 5K, an 8:15 pace for the 10K and under an 8:30 pace for the 15K. Absolutely no strollers or pets allowed.
We also want to set a new record for money raised through our Turkey Trot Heroes programs for our charities and for the number of people who cross that finish on Thanksgiving Day. We will be recognizing both the individual and the team that can raise the most money for the heroes program. We also hope to have more music and support on the course than we have ever had. And we really hope YOU will help us make it all happen. Keep an eye out as we update everyone through our web page, email, Facebook and Twitter.
Remember last year? It was a great morning, but very cold. The cold did in fact keep a few people away, but there were still nearly 5000 finishers. A great turnout given the 32 degree weather. Find out who finished and how well they ran on the results page.
Check out Fred Deckert’s photos
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One of the best things about Turkey Trot is all the families who participate. If you have a story to tell about your Turkey Trot family and what it took to get them out on the course, please email it to Mary Jean Yon at MaryJeanYon@comcast.net. Our favorite line: “If you are staying in my house on Thanksgiving, you are running Turkey Trot or watching us run.”