Turkey Trot Benefits YMCA Financial Assistance Program

Get ready for a big Thanksgiving meal by participating in the 10th annual Turkey Trot on November 23, which occurs in locations across the state.

All ages and abilities can sign up for either a timed 5-mile run or an untimed 2-mile walk. Registration includes a long-sleeve T-Shirt, small pumpkin pie, and single-serve Cameron’s coffee. Also bring your dog for the 2-mile Dog Jog (part of the walk) and receive a $1 coupon for Beggin’ Strips and a Turkey Trot Bandana.

Enjoy upbeat music and have fun in an energetic environment. Proceeds benefit the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club in the communities the Turkey trot takes place. Last year’s event raised $360,000 and $1,930,000 overall. The YMCA uses proceeds for its financial assistance program, which reduces costs for those who cannot afford the full membership fee.

“Each year it amazes me how much this event continues to impact the community. The energy of both running and walking participants, the leadership of the volunteers and the ongoing commitment from event sponsors truly bring our communities together for a fun-filled morning,” said Mark Skogen, President and CEO of Festival Foods. “We look forward to this year’s event and to continuing this tradition for many years to come.”

The event begins at 8 a.m. at Marshfield High School and is $25 for adults and $20 for ages 17 and younger until November 22. Dog walks are an additional $5. Top five finishers for the timed event are awarded $20 Festival Foods gift cards, with results posted online.

Volunteer for various positions here, and find rules for dogs here. Listening to music is allowed, and strollers too. Pick up shirts and bibs at the Marshfield High School from 2-6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22 and starting 6:30 the day of the race.