Wednesday, November 24, 2010

#70: Elkhart's Turkey Stampede

It is with disappointment that I acknowledge South Bend's (apparent, let me know in the comments if this isn't true!) lack of that most prized of Thanksgiving morning traditions. No, I'm not talking about watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. I'm talking about a Turkey Trot. For those of you not familiar with the term: an early morning race (typically benefiting charity) to burn off calories before the Thanksgiving Day feast commences.  But you know what, that's what neighbors are for.

Nearby Elkhart, just a couple of exits up the Toll Road, is hosting its 2nd annual Turkey Stampede. The fees to race benefit Elkhart's Faith Mission, a charity organization providing food and clothing to those who most need it. The Mission is also one of several organizations in the Michiana area providing Thanksgiving Day meals to those who would have otherwise gone without.

The Turkey Stampede itself is actually not just one race, but allows you to choose between a 10K run, a 5K run, a 5K walk, and a 1 mile run or walk.  The races begin at 8:30am with registration going on from 7:00am-8:00am. I know it's early, but just think how great the actual turkey will taste later on in the day.

For more information including directions, fees, and registration visit the website here and view an informational PDF here.

1 comment:

  1. I too was bummed to find no turkey trot within the public-transportation-radius of South Bend.

    Just wanted to mention that for those of you who can get there, there is also a Thanksgiving Day run in Niles, MI:
    (Warning: PDF file)