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SPRINGFIELD, MO – Nothing can stop Springfield’s Thanksgiving tradition, even if we can’t all be together this year. The 26th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk Presented by Brad Bradshaw, MD, JD, LC, takes place Thursday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 29, rain or shine, at the location of your choice.
Participants may register to complete a 5K over Thanksgiving weekend, alone or with friends and family, uploading race times and photos to compete for prizes. Proceeds from Turkey Trot benefit the Developmental Center of the Ozarks and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Youth Recreation Scholarship Fund.
“We checked with our partners and sponsors, and everyone was unanimous — Turkey Trot must go on,” said Anne-Mary McGrath, race coordinator. “We’ve decided to forego the large crowd this year for obvious reasons and give everyone the flexibility to trot at a safe distance, while raising money for a good cause.”
Registration includes a long-sleeved Turkey Trot t-shirt, race bib, suggested race routes and the option to upload race time to qualify for awards. Participants may also share photos of themselves in their shirts and race bibs to compete in contests like largest family, best costume, best dressed pet, etc. All race times and contest entries must be submitted by midnight on Sunday, Nov. 29.
Packet pick-up will be a drive-through event held Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Killian Sports Complex, where participants may also register on site and drop off food donations for longtime Turkey Trot partner, Ozarks Food Harvest. Turkey Trot is one of the organization’s largest food drives of the year. Participants also have the option to have their package mailed for an additional fee.
Early Registration opens Sept. 21 at $20/adults and $15/kids 12 and under. Register at ParkBoard.org/TurkeyTrot.
Turkey Trot is presented by Brad Bradshaw MD, JD, LC. Additional sponsors include CenturyLink, Positronic, Missouri Foundation for Health, CoxHealth and CoxHealth Plans. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Diana Tyndall, Marketing and Sponsorship Coordinator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-894-0048; or Marisa DeClue, Executive Director at DCO, at 417-829-0896.
For media inquiries, contact Marisa DeClue, Executive Director at DCO, 417-829-0896; or Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-224-5510.