Auburn Tourism held its first Turkey Trot 5k on Thanksgiving morning starting at the city’s park, winding through the community, and ending back where it began. Bill Moore was the coordinator of the event, which had a great turn out being the first one held.
According to Moore, there were 42 participants. Pies were given to the top finishers in each age group, and each participant received a participation medal and a long sleeve t-shirt.
Those who walked or ran ranged in age from 5 years old to 77 years old.
“We had lots of volunteers and sponsors, and we couldn’t have pulled this off without them,” Moore said. “We were very pleased to see the turn out and all those who wanted to come out and have a good time.”
All the proceeds from this year’s event went to Auburn Family Resource Center. After all the expenses were paid, the City of Auburn was able to present a check to Hope Strode at the Auburn Family Resource Center for $1,200.
“Thanks to all of the participants, sponsors and all of the volunteers that got up and braved the cool Thanksgiving weather to raise money for such a worthy cause,” said Moore.
Auburn’s Tourism Commission held the trot to involve the community in an event that would bring people together and promote wellness. 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. The Turkey Trot mixed fellowship and a healthy activity, which is a great combination.
“Getting a little exercise before those holiday meals is a good thing,” said Sarah Moore, Bill’s wife and member of the tourism commission. “You can work off a few of those calories before you bring in a few more.”
Moore said members of tourism wanted to try something new that hadn’t been tried before. Bowling Green holds a Turkey Trot as well, which 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,” Moore said. “The race promoted health and well being, as well as community support and involvement.”
The Russellville Carpenter Center helped with the trot, as well as various other volunteers. Also involved were Quest Health (Dr. Keith Jones), B&J Auto, Franklin Wal-Mart, DPI (Ann Scott), and Auburn Healthcare.
Organizers plan to have the Turkey Trot next year as well.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.