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Go Play: Grand Junction Turkey Trot set for Thanksgiving Day

Brittany Markert
Grand Junction Fire Deparement's eighth annual Turkey Trot will host up to 1,500 runners on Thanksgiving morning (Thursday, Nov. 27) to raise funds for local nonprofits.
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WHAT: Grand Junction Fire Department’s eighth annual Turkey Trok 5K race

WHEN: 9 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 27

WHERE: Start at Second and Main streets in Grand Junction

COST: $35 per person

INFO: http://www.gjturkeytrot.org

Gather friends and family to create a healthy Thanksgiving Day appetite by running or walking in Grand Junction’s eight annual Turkey Trot 5K on Thursday, Nov. 27. The race will start at the corner of Second and Main streets, near Credit Union of Colorado. The main event starts at 9:20 a.m.

“It’s the perfect opportunity for families to start off Thanksgiving together with a run,” firefighter and event organizer Patrick Dibsie said.

On-site registration costs $35. Trotters should register at Grand Junction’s Two Rivers Convention Center, located at 159 Main St., between 7-8:30 a.m.

According to Dibsie, Turkey Trot was founded almost a decade ago to help local firefighters and their families who are sick or injured. This year’s route winds through three miles of downtown Grand Junction. It loops around the Lincoln Park track and eventually heads back to the finish.

This is the second year Turkey Trot is being hosted downtown to accommodate a larger crowd. Before, racers traveled through the Connected Lakes State Park in Grand Junction and returned on the Colorado River Trail.

Over the years it evolved into a yearly race with more than 1,300 participants, and now it hosts a kids race, too, named “Little Gobblers,” which is free and starts at 9 a.m.

“Pre-registration is up from last year, which is a good sign,” Dibsie said, noting that this year’s event is projected to boast more than 1,500 trotters.

Last year, the race raised more than $43,000 and netted more than $20,000. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Professional Foundation, Toys for Tots, and Local 2808’s employee assistant fund.

“Since it started, it has grown a lot and more money has been raised than the original guys ever dreamed,” Dibsie said.

Please note: As a Grand Junction City Ordinance, dogs are not allowed at downtown events. It’s suggested to keep furry friends at home.

For more information, visit http://www.gjturkeytrot.org.

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