Turkey Trot burns calories on the beach Thanksgiving morning
2009-11-24 · By Editor
This Thursday, November 26, before you fill up on Thanksgiving eats run off the extra calories at Justin Rudd’s 7th annual Long Beach Turkey Trot with more than 5,000 other runners and walkers.
The Thanksgiving Day 5K/10K Turkey Trot Run/Walk leaves from the Belmont Pool in Belmont Shore, just two blocks east of the Belmont Pier. The Trot will feature events for adults, kids and even non-runners.
There will be four start times this year to stagger the participants in the Thanksgiving 5K/10K on Thanksgiving morning. Runners may start the 5K at 7 a.m. All others (walk/run, 5K or 10K) can start at 7:30, 8:30 and/or 9:30 a.m.
Entry fee for the Turkey Trot is $35. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT). Each race will take off on time, so leave plenty of time to get ready and to the start line. Also keep in mind that state law forbids dogs on the Turkey Trot course (beach bike path).
In addition to the main run, there will be a 1/2-Mile Kids Wingding Fun Run at 8:10 a.m. The entry fee for the Kids Run $20 before Nov. 23 or $35 thereafter and includes an event t-shirt (not guaranteed for late registrants). Parents are welcome to run alongside their child. The top-three girls & boys, 12 and under, in the Kids’ Run will receive an award certificate.
Don’t run? Don’t stay home! It’s free to throw the chicken in the Chicken Chucking Championship. Before and after the Turkey Trot, participants will take turns hurling a rubber chicken across the beach. Besides taking home a two and a half foot rubber chicken trophy, the Chicken Chucking Champion’s fling will determine the amount of the check to be written by organizers to a local food bank — $2 for every foot the farthest fowl flies.
This free-to-enter contest takes place near the finish line — between the indoor and outdoor pool, on the beach.
Everyone that comes down to the Turkey Trot is encouraged to bring along canned good donations. Non-perishables and canned goods will be collected the day of the race for the local food bank. Donations can be placed in the large red plastic bins underneath the registration tables.
For more information or to register visit JustinRudd.com/turkeytrot.