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Run/Walk in the first Killington 5K Turkey Trot Thanksgiving day

Thursday, Nov. 24 at 9:30 a.m. - Runners/Walkers will take off from Jax's on a 5K Turkey Trot in Killington. This is the first race, but Kasie Munson who organized the event, hopes to make it an annual event in town.

"Since we met my husband and I always ran a road race Thanksgiving morning," she said. "It's a tradition he had with his family...we have always loved the sense of the community gathering on this holiday."

Kasie and her husband have a ski house in Killington but, in the past, have opted not to come up until after Thanksgiving so they could run a Turkey Trot race. "I have been saying for years I wish Killington would have a turkey trot. It would be amazing to gather the community together and it's fun for the whole family," Munson said.

In addition to seeing friends, having fun and getting a bit of exercise before the big meal, the race is also a great way to raise money for charity. "The goal is to represent different charities each year," Munson said. "This year the Turkey Trot will benefit Irene-Islands… Hurricane Irene and the damage it caused so many Vermonters is what motivated me to get the ball rolling this year," Munson continued.

Irene -Islands is a local non-profit that was formed to help residents of Killington and surrounding towns who suffered damage and losses from Tropical Storm Irene.

Those interested in participating in the first Killington 5K Turkey Trot can register online at http://killingtonturkeytrot.com or on race day in Jax Parking Lot, 1667 Killington Rd. at 9 a.m. Entry fee is $20 in advance or $25 race day.

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