Registration for the 10th annual Festival Foods Turkey Trot is now open! The annual Thanksgiving morning event is the state’s largest running event based on registered participants – nearly 32,000 in 2016.
This year's event begins at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23. Participants may choose a 5-mile run, two-mile walk or 2-mile Dog Jog in any of 10 locations: Appleton, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Janesville, Madison, Manitowoc, Marshfield, Oshkosh or the Coulee Region (La Crosse/Onalaska).
The Festival Foods Turkey Trot offers more than Thanksgiving fun and exercise. All proceeds benefit local Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCAs in the communities where the Festival Foods Turkey Trot events are held. The 2016 events raised $360,000, and over the span of its nine years, the Festival Foods Turkey Trot has raised $1.9 million.
Just like previous years, the local Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCAs provide a large number of volunteers for each event and there are a variety of roles available for community members to select from. Every year, more than 1,200 volunteers help make the Turkey Trot a success. Volunteers serve as course monitors, help with registration, and distribute water and pies to participants. Volunteers can register online here.
Register as a volunteer online here. Early bird online registration is only $15 for youth under age 18 and $20 for adults through Oct. 31.
New this year, everyone who registers by Oct. 31 will receive $10 in coupon savings for Festival Foods stores. In addition, this year’s Dog Jog registrants will receive a coupon from Purina, redeemable at Festival Foods. The price will increase Nov. 1.
All participants receive a high-quality long-sleeved T-shirt at registration and a free Festival Foods pumpkin pie at the finish line.
“Each year it amazes me how much this event continues to impact the community. The energy of the runners and walkers, the leadership of the volunteers and the ongoing commitment from event sponsors truly bring our communities together,” said Mark Skogen, President and CEO of Festival Foods.
“We look forward to this year’s event and to continuing this tradition for many years to come.”