Running club and Sertoma revamp a Turkey Day tradition

Georgetown’s Turkey Trot race is back this Thanksgiving Day—with new pluck. Race director and Georgetown Running Club president Bill Schroeder is excited to plan this pre-feast race.

What motivated you to reorganize this race?

We know there’s a need. Last year, over 100 people just showed up for a run in San Gabriel Park, and it wasn’t even an official race. I think it’s a good segue into a family-oriented day, and lots of runners are used to some type of Thanksgiving Day race, no matter what city they are in. They look for who’s doing what. Austin’s Turkey Trot is getting so big that people are shying away from it, so it’s nice to have a local alternative. If we have it at 8 A.M., people can run and still get home in time to prepare their Thanksgiving dinners.

Why is this race unique?

The race is five miles, which is different from a traditional 5k or 10k. Many turkey trots range from four to six miles. This year, we’re going to have really cool, long-sleeved technical shirts. Most races use short sleeved shirts, because obviously there’s not a big demand for long-sleeved shirts in Texas, but it’s unique. The tech shirt is a better quality than the normal cotton race shirt. It sets us apart a little bit.

Whom does this race benefit?

We’re partnered with Sertoma, a service organization with extensive knowledge of which organizations need help. Appropriately, the turkey-themed race benefits Meals on Wheels, a program that delivers hot meals to homebound individuals year round. Part of the proceeds will go to Georgetown Park Pals, a new organization working to enhance the social, cultural, and recreational well-being of all Georgetown residents by making all programs and facilities financially and physically available. Additionally, we’ll be collecting non-perishable food for The Caring Place during packet pick-up and on race day.

What about awards?

About eighty-four awards will be given away, and since we expect about 300 runners, that’s a great ratio of available awards. That’s what’s fun about a race like this—lots of people who don’t always get an award are shocked to hear their names announced from the podium. We’ll have turkey trophies for the overall winners and medals for the age bracket winners. We’ll also have overall male and female winners and “masters” awards for male and female runners over the age of forty.

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