BY RACHEL ADKINS
THE DAILY INDEPENDENT
RUSSELL Before indulging in a Thanksgiving feast patrons can get into the holiday spirit Thursday morning at the annual Turkey Trot.
The race will begin at 9 a.m. at the Russell Senior Center and will guide participants past the Super Quik, along the river, back past the fire station and back towards Worthington.
Ruthie Lynd, chairman of the event, said this is the first year the race will be an official 5K, meaning registration is required. All proceeds from the event benefit Helping Hands of Greenup and in years past runners were encouraged to bring non-perishable foods instead of paying an entry fee. This year registration is $20 until Wednesday and will be $25 on race day.
Lynd said making the race official would drive more donations for the nonprofit, noting it relies on the race and another local fundraiser to get through the holiday months.
“We thought this way we could help more,” she said, explaining the race will follow the same course and the same traditions as years past.
The race is for runners, walkers and even pets and is open to those of all ages. Participants are encouraged to dress in their favorite holiday attire.
The Turkey Trot is a Russell tradition and first began more than 30 years ago when Ron Simpson, Andy Ballash, Judge Joe Hood and others came together for a run on Thanksgiving morning.
The group also decided to bring food to donate to those in need.
To register for the race, go to tristateracer.com. Applications are also available at the front office of Russell High School or any of the schools in the district.
For more information, email Lynd at Ruthie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
(606) 326-2653 | email@example.com