Thanksgiving Day is a time for friends, family and food, but organizations such as Seashore Striders, Sea Colony and hipAHA in Fenwick Island are also hoping to bring fun and fitness into the equation, once again.
The 9th Annual Sea Colony Turkey Trot will be held on Sunday, Nov. 27, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, in what has become a holiday tradition, with proceeds benefiting Special Olympics Delaware. In Fenwick, on the morning of Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, hipAHA will be sponsoring the 4th Annual Fenwick Island Turkey Trot to benefit the Friends of the Fenwick Island Lighthouse and Safe Haven Animal Shelter.
The Seashore Striders, one of the area’s well-known running clubs, helps put together some of the region’s most sought-after races and runs. On Sunday, Nov. 27, they will once again assemble the Sea Colony Turkey Trot 5K Run, which will begin and end at the Freeman Fitness Center at Sea Colony, located one mile west of Route 1 and the Sea Colony Marketplace. Last year, participation reached 199 registrants, and this year, Sea Colony Fitness Supervisor Jen Neal is hoping to surpass those numbers.
“The weather put a little bit of a damper on the turnout,” she said of the 2010 event, “but we’re hoping to get past that this year. We already have 93 pre-registered athletes, which is great. We get a lot of day-of registrants coming out, as well.”
Pre-registration drew to a close this past week, but participants are still welcomed to join in for a $20 registration fee. Checks can be brought to the Freeman Fitness Center on the day of the race, or mailed to P.O. Box 480, Bethany Beach, DE 19930, before the run. Registration begins at 7 a.m. on the morning of the race and will run right up until the start of the 5K.
The first registered 200 participants will receive a race T-shirt, and post-race refreshments and an awards ceremony will follow the race at the Freeman Fitness Center. The top three finishers in each age group, from 9 years of age or younger to 70 years and older, will receive awards, as will the overall top finishers and masters.
“A lot of people look forward to the run every year,” said Neal. “The race benefits the Special Olympics of Delaware, so it’s for a great cause.”
Sea Colony Fitness Center is also taking registrations from local businesses looking to support the 5K, both monetarily or by donations of products. For more information about the Sea Colony Turkey Trot 5K, visit www.seashorestriders.com or call the Freeman Fitness Center in Sea Colony at (302) 539-4511.
For those looking for something happening at a little more of a leisurely pace, the 4th Annual Turkey Trot in Fenwick Island is a viable alternative. On Thanksgiving Day morning, the Fenwick Island Turkey Trot, sponsored by hipAHA, a Fenwick Island boot camp, will welcome participants in a 2.2-mile fun run/walk in the town of Fenwick Island.
“We’ve been doing this for four years now,” said Lori Martin, who founded the town’s boot camp, “and every year, we pick a recipient of the Fenwick Turkey Trot.”
The Turkey Trot in Fenwick Island is free for participants, and family and pets are welcomed. T-shirt sales and local sponsorships help to raise funds for charities each year.
“This year,” said Martin, “we’re donating our proceeds to the New Friends of the Fenwick Island Lighthouse, which includes the town’s historical society.”
In addition, participants are being encouraged to bring their leashed pets, as well as a new pet item to donate to Safe Haven Animal Rescue.
“People can bring dried dog or cat food, leashes, blankets, a food bowl – anything that could help a pet at a shelter,” said Martin.
The Thanksgiving Day fun run and walk will begin at 8 a.m. on Nov. 24, and will stretch from Lewes Street in Fenwick Island, south to the state line and back.
“We have close to 200 people participate each year,” said Martin. “It’s a big family event, and people love bringing their pets out, too. You can throw the turkey in the oven and come out for a fun morning.”
Participants are encouraged to dress up, as well. Awards will be given out to the best-dressed.
For more information about the 4th Annual Fenwick Island Turkey Trot, find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=167325896691260 or contact Lori Martin at hipAHA@hotmail.com or by calling (302) 539-1290.