Annual Turkey Trot offers Turkey Day fun-run

For five years, Fenwick Island has been host to the Turkey Trot — a “fun-run” held on the morning of Thanksgiving that raises money for charity. The fun-run starts at 8 a.m. at Lewes Street and participants will run south through the end of town and back.

Typically, between 75 and 100 runners/walkers participate each year, and people come out both to have fun and for a good cause. The Turkey Trot, organized by Lori Martin of Hipaha — the Fenwick Island fitness boot camp on the beach — is a free “fun, run/walk” of 2.2 miles.

“It’s really fun,” Martin said. “It’s great to get out there and move before you ingest all that food! It’s a great family event.”

And, in addition to offering some pre-Turkey Day calorie burning, the Turkey Trot offers an extra feel-good motivation — especially for people who have been wondering what they can do to help after “Superstorm Sandy.”

This year, sales of Turkey Trot T-shirts for $20— available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Trot — will raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief organizations. Participants are also being asked to being a donation of a blanket, or sleeping bags or comforters, which will be collected by Nantucket’s restaurant for Sandy victims.

In the past, the trot has raised money for Lab-Rescue, a Potomac, Md.-based, all-volunteer, non-profit organization with a mission of rescuing, fostering and placing homeless, abused and/or abandoned Labrador retrievers, as well as for Meals on Wheels and for a private charity in the name of Martin’s niece, who died tragically.

This year, coffee will be available at the run’s start, courtesy of Bookends Café in Fenwick Island and Pottery Place is donating oatmeal.

In addition, people are being encouraged to dress in costume, either as turkeys or whatever they might want to portray to celebrate that day. For more information, email Everyone is welcome to attend.