Turkey Trot offers pre-cranberry calorie burn

There are some things that can be done ahead of time in order to stave off feelings of post-gluttony regret after the Thanksgiving feast. For example, the third annual Turkey Trot in Fenwick Island will be held Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 25, starting at 8 a.m. at Lewes Street.

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. And, in addition to offering some pre-Turkey Day calorie burning, the Turkey Trot offers an extra feel-good motivation.

The proceeds from this year’s events proceeds will go to 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 (and golden retriever-Labrador retriever mixes) from the Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware areas. They also provide a referral service for owners seeking to place their Labs in new homes.

Martin is an adoption coordinator for the organization and said the dogs are often rescued from backyard breeders and euthanizing shelters, or taken in when owners have to relinquish them. All dogs are vetted and fostered in private homes until a “fur-ever” home can be found for them.

This year, T-shirt sales at the Turkey Trot will raise money in memory of Ripley Martin-Smallwood, Martin’s Fenwick Island-resident dog that was adopted from Lab Rescue in April 2003 and who recently passed away.

In the past, the trot has raised money for Meals on Wheels and for a private charity in the name of Martin’s niece, who died tragically. They typically get between 75 and 100 runners/walkers each year.

This year, for $20, participants get T-shirts, while supplies last, and post-trot refreshments at Pottery Place in Fenwick. They are also being asked to bring in a canned food item for Meals on Wheels and to dress in their best Turkey Day costume, as prizes will be given for costumes, too.

Martin is asking that people pre-register for the Turkey Trot by visiting hipaha.com online or by e-mailing hipaha@hotmail.com. For those who cannot pre-register, the race starts at Lewes Street in Fenwick Island, and they can simply meet everyone there. T-shirts need to be ordered in advance, by e-mailing hipaha@hotmail.com or calling (302) 539-1290. A limited supply will be available for sale the day of the trot. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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