Register by Wednesday for Beaumont’s Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

Photo from 2013 Turkey Trot

Turkey-clad joggers will run through the streets of downtown Beaumont Thanksgiving morning for the Triangle Therapeutics Turkey Trot. The race begins at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, at the Beaumont Event Centre.

The Beaumont Turkey Trot is one of many held around the country on Thanksgiving morning. Sea Rim Striders, a local club for runners and walkers, organizes the Beaumont event every year. This year Triangle Therapeutics is the title sponsor for the second time.

For many runners, the early holiday morning isn’t a deterrent. Tara Byler, a Mid-County resident and fitness runner, said “I do the early run so I can burn the calories for Thanksgiving dinner.”

According to Greg Ingram, vice president of Sea Rim Striders, the race is expected to host around 2,000 participants this year.

To make the run more interesting, many runners dress up in turkey and pilgrim-themed costumes, tutus, and other fun outfits. The Kid’s K is led by a runner in full turkey costume, according to Ingram.

Byler added that she plans to buy a turkey beanie to wear to the race to add to the fun of the morning.

Byler said her father, who recently moved to the area from Arizona, will be joining her for the race. She added that she is excited that she can now make a family tradition out of her love of running.

“Lots of families come and participate as a whole,” said Ingram.

Several of the runners who will participate Thursday morning are involved with running groups across the area. Byler said that she is involved with a group because of the levels of encouragement and accountability she receives from the others. She and her father will be running with that group to help keep cheer them on through the race.

She said that she won’t be aiming to win the race, but she does plan to keep a running pace for the whole course.

Runners who finish first overall, along with those who finish first in their age and gender groupings will receive medals. Also, every finisher of the Kid’s K race will receive a medal.

Even though there are prizes for those who finish early, Byler wanted to make sure that people know that you can take the course at your own pace.

“Not everyone has to run. There are a lot of people who walk the whole thing. People should just get out and have fun with it,” she said.

For those who have not registered but would like to participate, late registration and packet pick-up will be held Wednesday, Nov. 26, at the Event Centre on Crockett Street in Beaumont. The registration fees are $25 for the 5K race, $35 for the 10K, and $10 for the Kid’s K. Shirt availability is not guaranteed for late registration. Participants must register before race day.

The 10K and 5K events will both start at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, followed by the Kid’s K at 9:30 a.m. An award ceremony will follow the races.

Proceeds from the Turkey Trot will go to fund other Sea Rim Striders events like the Summer Run Series, as well as to donations for local charities and the Sports Society for American Health.

For more information on registration and event details, visit the local events page on searimstriders.org.

— Natalie Avery, special to The Examiner

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