Troy Turkey Trot reg­is­tra­tion opens

The Record (Troy, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Record Staff

TROY, N.Y. >> It’s the na­tion’s twelfth and the world’s sixty- fourth old­est road race, and reg­is­tra­tion is now open for the seventy-first edi­tion of the Troy Turkey Trot.

The Col­lar City sta­ple fea­tures a 5K, 10K, Grade School Mile, and Turkey Walk, and will be held on Thanks­giv­ing morn­ing in Troy. Reg­is­tra­tion for all race events is avail­able at TroyTurkeyTrot.com.

The day steps off at 8 a.m. with the Cap­i­tal Re­gion’s only Thanks­giv­ing Day 10K. The 10K course will close at 9:30 a.m. to al­low the start of the Grade School Mile and Turkey Walk at 9:30 a.m. The shorter 5K dis­tance kicks off at 10:00 a.m. Both the 10K and 5K fea­ture “out and back” course for­ma­tions start­ing at Fourth and Ful­ton Streets and fin­ish­ing at River Street’s Mon­u­ment Square. Fam­ily mem­bers are en­cour­aged to cheer on loved ones par­tic­i­pat­ing.

“We are de­lighted to wel­come ev­ery­one back to the Col­lar City this Thanks­giv­ing for the 71st run­ning of the Troy Turkey Trot!” Mayor Pa­trick Mad­den said. “This fam­ily-friendly event – which high­lights our his­toric down­town and neigh­bor­hoods – is a fan­tas­tic way to en­gage the en­tire com­mu­nity in cel­e­brat­ing fit­ness, fam­ily and tra­di­tion. I am­con­fi­dent your ex­pe­ri­ence at this years’ Troy Turkey Trot will con­tinue to draw you back to the Col­lar City for many years to come.”

“The Troy Turkey Trot was founded in 1916 to sup­port vet­er­ans re­turn­ing from World War 1,” Event Di­rec­tor Ge­orge Re­gan said, while not­ing that the Trot was held 16 times be­tween 1916 and 1963 and 54 times since 1964. “This event has grown into much more than just a foot race. It’s an op­por­tu­nity for fam­i­lies to come to­gether and en­joy Troy while cel­e­brat­ing the Col­lar City’s rich her­itage and hol­i­day tra­di­tions,” Re­gan added.

Choice Phys­i­cal Ther­apy will be on hand for those look­ing to warm up prior to the event, with ses­sions in River­front Park at the fol­low­ing times: 7:20-7:40 a.m. (10K), 9:00-9:15 a.m. (Grade School Mile/ Turkey Walk), and 9:20-9:40 a.m. (5K).

In- per­son reg­is­tra­tion along with bib and t-shirt pickup will be held at the Troy Atrium (4 Third Street) Sun­day, Nov. 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Wed., Nov. 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Day- of- event reg­is­tra­tion for all events will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 15 min­utes prior to the start of each event on the sec­ond floor of the Troy Atrium. Par­tic­i­pants for all events will re­ceive a seventy-first edi­tion blended dry fit tshirt, fin­ish­ers’ medal and post- event re­fresh­ments.

Par­tic­i­pants are also en­cour­aged to do­nate to the event’s two char­i­ties, the Re­gional Food Bank of North­east­ern New York and Joseph’s House & Shel­ter, a Troy- based not-for-profit whose mis­sion is to pre­vent and alle­vi­ate home­less­ness.

“The Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day is not only for spend­ing time with loved ones, it’s also an op­por­tu­nity to help out less for­tu­nate mem­bers of our com­mu­nity,” Mayor Mad­den added. “Your do­na­tions will help our lo­cal char­i­ties feed a hun­gry fam­ily or pro­vide warm shel­ter to home­less men, women and chil­dren in Troy and Rens­se­laer County. We en­cour­age ev­ery­one to sup­port these worth­while causes and or­ga­ni­za­tions and I look for­ward to wel­com­ing ev­ery­one to Troy on Thanks­giv­ing morn­ing to cel­e­brate fam­ily, com­mu­nity and health.”

“Thanks­giv­ing is a time to give thanks for our fam­ily, health, friends and all the ma­te­rial bless­ings we have,” Re­gan noted. “We hope you will re­mem­ber those less for­tu­nate and con­sider do­nat­ing to these char­i­ties dur­ing on­line reg­is­tra­tion. Last year par­tic­i­pants do­nated $13,500 and this year’s goal is $20,000.”

“Pi­o­neer Bank has spon­sored this event for the past 22 years and this year we are proud to be the Trot’s pre­sent­ing spon­sor,” Pi­o­neer Bank Pres­i­dent/CEO Tom Amell said. “Fam-

ily and friends not run­ning can visit any of our 22 branches, all of which will be col­lect­ing do­na­tions on be­half of the two event char­i­ties. To help the Trot reach its $20,000 fundrais­ing goal, the Pi­o­neer Bank Foun­da­tion will match all do­na­tions up to $2,500.”

Par­tic­i­pants are also en­cour­aged to bring a non- per­ish­able food item to do­nate to lo­cal food pantries and the Re­gional Food Bank of NENY. Items can be dropped off at the Troy Atrium (sec­ond f loor) on Sun­day, Nov. 18 and Wed., Nov. 21 from 11: 00 a. m. to 6: 00 p. m. and race morn­ing (first f loor) start­ing at 6: 30 a. m.

Free event park­ing is avail­able at a num­ber of Front and River Street park­ing lots. A com­plete map of Troy park­ing lots can be found at troyny.gov/ park­ing.

Post-race re­fresh­ments, en­ter­tain­ment and over­all awards will be handed out in the fin­ish line area at Mon­u­ment Square. All age group awards will be mailed to award win­ners af­ter the event.

Un­of­fi­cial re­sults will be avail­able within min­utes upon fin­ish­ing at troyturkeytrot.com via Chrono-Track Live and will also be posted in the fin­ish line area.

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Peo­ple par­tic­i­pate in the 2017Troy Turkey Trot.

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Chil­dren par­tic­i­pate in the 2017Troy Turkey Trot.

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