Turkey Trot 5K moves downtown Grand Junction this Thanksgiving
WHAT: 2013 Turkey Trot 5K Walk/Run
WHEN: 9 a.m. Thurs., Nov. 28
WHERE: Downtown Main Street, Two Rivers Convention Center
UPDATE: Leashed dogs will no longer be allowed to participate in Turkey Trot, due to its new location.
More parking hopefully means more participation at Thanksgiving’s ever-expanding Turkey Trot 5K walk/run event. That’s why organizers thankfully moved it from the Redlands to Main Street in downtown Grand Junction for the first time ever on Thursday, Nov. 28.
“We wanted to accommodate more people and release congestion,” firefighter and event spokesman Patrick Dibsie said. “Lots of people supported a venue change, and we’ve been talking about it for a few years now.”
Now, the race starts and finishes by Two Rivers Convention Center on Main Street. A kids-focused Gobble Run — which spans a few blocks and is perfect for youngsters — will kick off this family event at 9 a.m., with the 5K to follow at 9:15 a.m.
With a new starting location, the route for the Turkey Trot has definitely changed. Before, the 3.1-mile course traveled through the Connected Lakes State Park and returned on the Colorado River Trail.
Now, “we’re going to take people east on Main Street and to the track at 12th and North, and then come around to finish on Main Street, Dibsie said.
Registration will occur inside Two Rivers, and folks will be able to use the city parking lot, he added.
Leashed dogs and kids in strollers are still encouraged with the new route, and organizers expect to add even more participants on top of last year’s nearly 1,200 trotters.
“Every year we’ve managed to add another couple hundred runners; people come back and bring others with them,” Dibsie noted. “We can accommodate as many people who want to come and run.”
Early registration is encouraged to guarantee a T-shirt for all walkers and runners. It’s $25 for ages 16+ and $15 for ages 5-15. All children under 5 crawl, toddle, walk or run for free.
Funds raised at this Thanksgiving’s Turkey Trot will help “Toys for Tots, Colorado Professional Firefighters Foundation, and a local fund for sick or injured firefighters and their families,” a news release said.
In 2011, the GJ Turkey Trot brought in about $12,000 and hosted 1,200 trotters. In 2012, organizers reported almost $16,000 was raised.
For more event info or to pre-register, visit http://www.gjturkeytrot.org.
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