Thanksgiving is still my favorite day of the year. I get to spend the day with most of my favorite people. The best volunteers in the entire world and a great running community. On Thanksgiving Day the doors are open to all – fast or slow, green or blue. Let’s run and walk and then go eat!
Right now we are trying to finalize the Turkey Trot Magazine and send it off to print. Last year we worked with Rowland Publishing and produced our best magazine ever. Brian and crew are back in 2017 and I am excited to share what we have done with you. I think you are going to love the cover.
We will kick things off with the Rex Cleveland Magic! Mile on November 5, a Sunday late afternoon. Check it out and learn that you too can fly on this downhill course. And of course we will be at Cascades Park on the Sunday before Turkey Day for a fun festival.
Last year more than 6100 runners or walkers crossed one of four finish lines. That broke all previous records and helped us reach out to help the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Big Bend, The Refuge House and The Shelter/Kearny Center meet their special needs. There were many others.
Best of all, we all just took a little bit of time to socialize and say hello to each other. Unbelievably, this will be the 26th time that has happened.
More than 6100 finishers make 2016 largest Turkey Trot ever!
Let’s face it – 2016 has not always been the kindest of years. And yet for each tragedy we have witnessed, someone, no ten someones, have picked up the mantle of kindness and with great determination taken action to make our world a better place.
That is kind of the way Thanksgiving is in Tallahassee. There is no place to check party or religious affiliation on the registration form for Gulf Wind Track Club’s Tallahassee Turkey Trot; just check which race you want to run and even once you have checked, you can change your mind on that at any time.
And you know the routine – The Turkey Gobbler, a 1 mile fun run, the appetizer, starts at 8:00. Thirty minutes later full meals are served as the 5,000, 10,000 and 15,000 meter races start at 8:30. We will have chip timing with a net time and place for everyone.
And you will have a chance to support any of our great causes (Refuge House, Boys and Girls Clubs, the Shelter, the Kent Vann Partners in Excellence Awards for Local Schools, 2nd Harvest and Gulf Winds Track Club.) The U-Haul will be back and we are confident you will fill it with food and clothing for those that need it.
Thanksgiving Day occurs every year (obviously) and this will be the 25th straight year the Turkey Trot has been run on Thanksgiving Day. People are up early and crowding into the parking lots around SouthWood on Thanksgiving morning. They come to race to burn calories so they can eat more and to celebrate our community. Families, two, three maybe even four generations are the heart of this event. We run together and when it is over, we go home with a smile and a stronger belief that our world can be a better place.
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The 2015 Tallahassee Turkey Trot is in the books.
With approximately 5,645 official finishers, the 2015 Tallahassee Turkey Trot was successfully run on a beautiful Thanksgiving Day. The star of the day was the Turkey Trot Hoo-Rag.
HERB WILLS RECAP – 5645 Enjoy Turkey Trot; Kaiser and Sherron enjoy it quickly.
Fred Deckert – the Mile
2015 – 40 years of running together
There is no doubt we live in a crazy world, but you can count on the Tallahassee Turkey Trot taking wings on Thanksgiving Day. This is the day we run together – friends, families and competitors. Once again we will have a Mile Fun Run starting at 8:00 on Thanksgiving Morning. The 5K, 10K and 15K will all start at 8:30. You get to choose the race you want to run.
We have some very special surprises for the 41th Turkey Trot as we want to make it the best race ever. For example, finish the 5k, 10k or 15K and get the only Turkey Trot finisher’s medal ever given away! So stay with us and run with us! After all that is what family does on Thanksgiving Day.
We also want to thank our beneficiaries and sponsors for all that they do to help make this event special. Check them out. Video