Nov. 22—Registration is open now for two area Turkey Trots that take place on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22. Feel OK about that extra piece of pie, while running for a great cause.
The Zack’s Place Turkey Trot in Woodstock is accepting registrations online at zacksplacevt.org through Nov. 20 at 5 p.m., for an early fee of $30. After that, registration will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 4-6 p.m. or Thursday, Nov. 22 from 8-9:30 a.m., both at Woodstock Elementary School, for $35. All pre-registered participants are guaranteed a commemorative t-shirt. In the past, about 1,700 participants have run the fundraising 5k walk or run (that is handicapped accessible), bringing large-scale awareness to the center. The goal of 2,000 racers will yield $60,000 for Zack’s Place. The community enrichment center, has a mission to empower special-needs people of all ages to express themselves through art, music, dance, literacy, athletics, and fitness while developing bonds of friendship.
The Killington Turkey Trot will start and end at the Pickle Barrel Nightclub on Killington Road in Killington. Early registration, which can be done anytime before race day, Nov. 22, is $25. Race day registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the Pickle Barrel, and is $30. The annual Thanksgiving day race is in its eighth year, and supports local charities and organizations. This year, the beneficiary is the Killington World Cup Committee, created to support the women’s World Cup at Killington, being held the weekend after Thanksgiving, Nov. 23-24, and to benefit local and regional youth development programs. The race will go on in any weather – snow, sun, or rain – and will include live music, raffle prizes, plus the bar at Pickle Barrel will be open. Register in advance at killingtonturkeytrot.com.