Turkey Trot to jump start Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving is an all-American holiday: food, football and possibly falling asleep on the couch thanks to all the tryptophan in that turkey. But all that lying around and eating usually doesn’t translate to an after-dinner trip to the gym.

There is a way to spend the whole day lazing without guilt, though; the 35th annual Turkey Trot held by Bloomington Parks and Recreation will take place from 8 to 11:30 a.m.  Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28, at Miller Park.

Events will include a half-mile run for the kids, a three-mile race for all ages and a one-and-a-half mile walk through Miller Park.

Registration will take place the day of the event. There will be no pre-registration.

Unlike past years, runners will not be timed for awards; instead, all participants will be eligible for prizes, which will include shirts and frozen turkeys, regardless of race time.

“Everyone who shows up and signs in will be given a raffle ticket and put into the drawings,” Denise Balagna, athletics program manager for Bloomington Parks and Recreation, said.

Balagna said they made the change after a record breaking turn-up of 1,300 participants last year complicated the tabulation process.

“We wanted to keep things moving and avoid the long tabulation process,” she said.

Despite the change, there will be a race clock so participants can still track their time.

For students who will be in the Bloomington-Normal area during Thanksgiving break and local families alike, the Turkey Trot is a great way to start the holiday.

“It’s a fun, free, family-friendly event that gets people moving before they feast,” Balagna said. “Plus, it boosts your metabolism before you start in on that turkey!”

For more information, visit the Parks and Recreation website at or call (309)-434-2260.


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