Oops we did it again!! Last Thanksgiving we had an idea and now it’s annual event. I started receiving emails for all of the local races so I thought I better start spreading the word that we will indeed host our second annual Free Family Turkey Trot this year. Despite the cold weather, last year was a success and great time for all. Here’s a quick look at some of the fun!

We’ll finalize details in the coming weeks, but I wanted to get the word out as early as possible before you decide to make those payments to another race. We will also again accept canned food donations if you feel led. It’s not a requirement. For all of the latest details, keep an eye on our official facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/FreeFamilyTurkeyTrot

If you aren’t familiar with the Free Family Turkey Trot, here’s the original post….

About 5 years ago, my wife and I ran our first 4-miler on a Thanksgiving morning. I guess in some way, it made us feel a little less guilty for the food we would later consume that afternoon. Over the years, other friends have joined us and most recently, our kids have joined in. With finances not being what they used to be the past few years, we noted that the cost for these little races could reach as much as $200 for the entire family.

It was time to rethink Thanksgiving morning.

The past 2 years, we’ve mapped out a course around the house, made our own bibs and knocked out a little 3 miles around the neighborhood. Now before you think we’re out there timing ourselves and competing, Princess 2.0 usually rode her bike. There may have also been some walking involved. It’s not competitive. It’s time together.

So why keep all the fun to ourselves? 

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This year we thought we would extend the offer to anyone that would like to join us. This is a no frills, no expectations event. There will be no time (unless you want to time yourself with a watch), no banners or inflated finish line. We’ll still have a good time though.

We’ll kick off at Norwich Elementary School in Hilliard at 8:30am on Thanksgiving morning. You can park and leave your car there. From Norwich, we’ll go west on Davidson to Avery, make a right, go down Avery about 1/2 mile and then loop back. The sidewalk along Davidson and Avery is double wide so there is plenty of room. Here’s a course map:

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Now before you dismiss this as needing to be something you have trained for, this is a run/walk/crawl/bike event. No expectations. No training necessary. We’d rather spend the morning with friends walking than not have you attend. It’s about the time together and not the time on some clock.

Interested? Below you will find a quick attachment with all of the details. You can also email me to confirm or for questions. This is a very fluid event so details will continue to be added (we’ll have bottled water there for example). Feel free to add other ideas as well (treats for the finish line for example). We’d love to see you and your family Thanksgiving morning. Spread the word. Join us won’t you?

Official Details: Free Family Turkey Trot

We will also accept canned food items from those that would like to bring them for a local charity, ministry or food pantry.  If you would like to bring a canned food item or items, Heather and I will gather them all together and deliver them where they will best be used. Great idea. I love the creativity of this community. We’ll see you Thanksgiving morning at 8:30am!