If you or someone you know loves to run or jog, then be sure to check out the ALSO Youth 8th Annual Turkey Trot 5K. This annual event takes place on the morning of Thanksgiving, and participants are welcome to walk or run.
Where and When
The race begins at 7:30 a.m. on the morning of Thanksgiving, Nov. 23. It both starts and finishes at Hyatt Regency Sarasota. The course takes runners to 41 to start heading toward the Ringling Bridge. Runners go over it before turning around at a water station by Bird Key Park. Participants then go north on 41 and go left onto Fourth Street to cross the finish line. This means you start and end on the same side of the bridge. You can look at the map online, as well.
Registration for adults is $45, and age 15 and younger is $35. Your registration includes a breathable tech long-sleeve shirt, a state-of-the-art chip for timing, and access to the fun post-race party. If you register in a group of six or more, you will each get $3 off. You can race with a stroller, but please line up near the back of the running pack for safety concerns and so you don’t impede the other runners.
You can pick up your race packet, including your shirt, on the morning of the race until 7 a.m. If you prefer, you can get it on Tuesday, Nov. 21, between 4 and 7 p.m. at the New Balance University Park. Or you can pick it up on Wednesday, Nov. 22, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Fleet Feet Sports in Sarasota.
Every participant in the 15 and younger race will receive a medal for finishing. Additionally, there are awards for the first-place finish overall for each male and female. There are also awards for the first-, second-, and third-place finishers of males and females in set age brackets of 5 years each. They start with younger than 10, 10–14, 15–19, etc., with the final category being 70+.
At the end of the race, everyone is invited to attend the Finishers Party. It will feature snacks, coffee, and beer, in addition to great music and plenty of socialization. Celebrate finishing the race and meet other runners before going home to shower and get ready for Thanksgiving dinner with your family.
Benefits ALSO Youth
As mentioned, the race benefits ALSO Youth, which provides advocacy, leadership, support, and outreach for LGBTQ teens. The program was first created in 1992 and has worked with numerous other local organizations to provide a range of services. This nonprofit provides peer support, education, referrals, advocacy, and more for those between 13 and 21.
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