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39th Annual Turkey Trot Run Continues Tradition of Family Fun

Cool Whip and pumpkin pie go together like Thanksgiving Day morning and the annual Turkey Trot Run in Miller Park. Hosted by the Bloomington Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts (PR&CA) for the last thirty-nine years, the annual Turkey Trot is perfect for the whole family.

    “It’s a multi-generational, free event,” said Denise Balagna PR&CA program manager adding, “You’ll see grandparents walking with the little ones and parents running with the older children.”  
    For nearly four decades, the event has been held at Miller Park and always on Thanksgiving morning. “It’s a rain, shine… or snow event,” quipped Balagna. She recalls the 2004 Thanksgiving morning when snow had passed through the area, “We still had hundreds of participants.”
    This year’s event will be Thursday, November 23rd again in Miller Park, with sign-ups starting at 8:00am inside Miller Park Pavilion. The first event of the morning is the kids’ half mile run which begins at 9:00 am. After that, the three-mile run will begin at approximately 9:15am, with the final event being the 1.5 mile walk, which begins at approximately 9:30am.
    “Miller Park is an ideal location to host the Turkey Trot” said Jay Tetzloff, Bloomington Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Director and Miller Park Zoo Director. “The size of the park plus the mature trees and landscaping create a perfect fall backdrop for the run.”
    The event has grown throughout the years with the record setting 1,423 participants in 2016. It draws people from all over the United States who are in Bloomington visiting family and friends. “Even if you’re not a runner, it is a great people-watching time as some runners and walkers come dressed up in wacky Thanksgiving-themed costumes. You’ll see pilgrims, turkey hats, and more,” added Balagna.
    Putting the race together takes a lot of helping hands. The Chateau Bloomington Hotel and Conference Center has donated coffee, hot chocolate, and frozen turkeys as raffle prizes for many years. Bloomington’s Fleet Feet Sports has provided the finish line clock, donated the goodie bags, water stations, raffle prizes, and event bibs.
    Another holiday aspect of the Turkey Trot is as the collecting site for non-perishable food items to benefit Home Sweet Home Ministries. Participants are encouraged to bring canned vegetables, cereal, pasta sauce, snacks, flour/baking mixes, and more to the race.

    For more information on this or other Bloomington Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts events, go online to BPARD.org, or call 309-434-2260. The main office is located at 115 E. Washington St, Bloomington Illinois.



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