Most people put on a few pounds during Thanksgiving, with all the delicious food prepared one may find it difficult to stay on that diet they’ve been trying leading up to the holidays. Well thanks to Auburn Tourism you can eat that Thanksgiving spread with a little less guilt by joining others in the city’s inaugural Turkey Trot held Thanksgiving morning Nov. 26 at 8 a.m.
“Come on out and get a little exercise before you hit that Thanksgivings table,” said organizer Sarah Moore. “You can work off a few of those calories before you bring in a few more. It’s going to be fun and will start you on that healthy path before the holidays.”
Registration ($25) for the first annual Turkey Trot begins at 7 a.m. at the pavilion in the Auburn Park. Preregistration has come and gone, but you can still come and join in the day of the trot. Walk or run says Moore. Whatever makes you more comfortable. “We are out to have a good time,” Moore says.
The trot will begin through the park, then proceed to Amanda Drive, Main Street, Wilson Avenue, Rogers, Sunset and Circle Drives, and then onto Lincoln, Mill and Spring Streets, ending back at the park. Funds raised from the trot will benefit the Auburn Family Resource Center, who provide clothing and supplies to underprivileged students.
“We wanted to try something new we hadn’t tried before,” said Moore on the trot. “We know that Bowling Green holds a Turkey Trot and is very successful. We had heard there were people interested in having one closer to home, so it seemed like a good idea to try.” According to Moore the Auburn Turkey Trot has gained a lot of support already. Organizers have had 32 to sign up for the race already.
“It’s never too late to join the trot or to sponsor the race,” said Moore. “If you are interested in sponsoring you can call 270-542-4149 ext. 202.
“The race promotes health and well being, as well as community support and involvement, said Moore, whose husband Bill is helping as well. “I am a new to running and it has taught me so much already. It not only makes you feel better, sleep better and have more strength, but it helps you turn the ‘I can’t into the I can.’”
Anyone can start walking and then running. You can pick it up at any age at any weight. Exercise is just putting one foot in front of the other.
“Running changes you,” said Moore, whose husband has been running for quite some time. “It does take a lot of determination, but if you keep it up, it gives you a true sense of accomplishment. When you start each time is different, you can go further and further. It’s a personal goal you can set and meet yourself.”
Those who preregistered for the trot are guaranteed finishing medals. Pies will be given to those who are top in their class so they can take them to their Thanksgiving dinner.
The Russellville Carpenter Center folks will be on hand to help with the trot, as will various other volunteers.
“We want to thank the sponsors for helping,” said Moore. “Those who have stepped up to help include: Quest Health (Dr. Keith Jones), B&J Auto, Franklin Wal-Mart, DPI (Ann Scott), and Auburn Healthcare.
T-shirts will be provided on trot day to those who preregistered for the event. Those who register the day of the trot will also receive a t-shirt, but are not guaranteed one on that day.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.