A Gaggle Of Turkey Trots

Races throughout the area today will benefit a host of worthy organizations

November 23, 2006|By Kristin Gray | Kristin Gray,Sun Reporter

It's the season of roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, family gatherings and football. But Thanksgiving can include far more than a full belly, pigskin and shopping. It's a time to raise money for community organizations by participating in a race.

Here's a roundup of some area runs taking place today:

Start your Thanksgiving celebration a few hours early at the 23rd annual Green Valley North Turkey Trot. Participants can compete in a five-mile run or three-mile walk. The event raises money for Crohn's disease and colitis research at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical System. In past years, the event has drawn 1,000 competitors and raised $30,000. The turkey trot begins at 9 a.m. (registration at 8 a.m.) at 12109 Ridge Valley Drive in Owings Mills. Call 410-252-2834 or visit greenvalleyturkey trot.com for information.

The Towson Family YMCA Turkey Trot doubles as an exercise event and canned food drive to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. The top three overall male and female competitors will be rewarded with a turkey. This event is for ages 13 and older, and child care services will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. for $5 per child or $8 per family. The 5K starts at 9 a.m. at the Towson Family YMCA on 600 Chesapeake Ave. Registration is $35 on race day. Call 410-308-1870 or visit charmcityrun.com.

Runners will brave the brisk fall air at the third annual Catonsville High School Turkey Trot. The event kicks off with music and prizes in preparation for the Thanksgiving celebration. Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female 5K runners and all age divisions. The fastest runners will receive a cash prize, medal and baked good. The event supports the high school's cross-country program. Event planners hope to raise up to $1,000 for the teams' traveling expenses and uniforms. The mile run begins at 9 a.m. and the 5K starts at 9:30 a.m. at Catonsville High School, 421 Bloomsbury Ave. Registration costs $25, and children younger than 8 run for free. Call 410-887-0808 or visit irun tons.com.

The Harford County community will band together for the 11th annual YMCA Bel Air 5K Turkey Trot. The run/walk benefits the YMCA's Strong Kids Annual Giving Campaign and other child care programs. Prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place male and female runners in six age groups. All winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to Main Street Tower Restaurant in Bel Air. More than 620 runners participated in last year's event, which raised $13,000 for the YMCA. The YMCA Bel Air 5K Turkey Trot starts at 8:30 a.m. on the Ma and Pa Trail at 314 W. Williams St. in Bel Air. Registration for the 5K is $20, and the 5K walk is $10. Call 410-803-2025 or visit charmcityrun.com.

The Howard County Striders' Turkey Trot Prediction Run tests more than the physical endurance of competitors. The race winner may not be the fastest runner but is the person able to complete the 10K run closest to the time he or she predicts. The Turkey Trot Prediction Run starts at 11 a.m. at the Jeffers Hill Neighborhood Center at 6030 Tamar Drive in Columbia. Call 410-964-1998 or visit striders.net.

The First United Methodist Church of Laurel will host the second annual Crab Crawl and Turkey Trot to benefit the Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services Inc. (LARS). The nonprofit organization assists the homeless with counseling and financial aid. Last year's event raised $4,600 and had more than 200 participants in the 1-mile walk and 5K run. Event coordinators hope to surpass last year's funds by generating $10,000. The Casey's Crab Co. 5K run will start at 8 a.m., and the one-mile walk begins at 8:05 a.m. at the corner of Fifth and Main streets in Laurel. Late registration begins at 7 a.m., followed by a warm-up at 7:45 a.m. Registration is $20. Call 301-725-3093 or go to laureladvocacy. org for more information.

kristin.gray@baltsun.com

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