Annual 5k race will be held Thanksgiving Day

Annual 5k race will be held Thanksgiving Day

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The Tuscarawas County YMCA will hold its 51st annual Turkey Trot 5k race on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24. This race welcomes serious runners, walkers, families and even pets.

Race registration is available online at or through the Ohio Challenge Series website at Registration for youth age 15 and under is $20 until Nov. 23 and $25 on race day. Registration for age 16 and older is $30 until Nov. 23 and $35 on race day. A map of the course is available on the Y’s website.

Packet pickup will be at the YMCA on Wednesday, Nov. 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and on race day from 7-8:15 a.m.

This year’s race will feature live music from Brothers Band, face painting and a 50/50 raffle. Instant results will be posted with awards for the top-three finishers overall and the top three in each age group. Winners may collect their awards in the multi-purpose room at the conclusion of the race.

All proceeds from the Turkey Trot provide direct financial assistance to kids and families in the community through the Y’s annual campaign, ensuring no child is ever denied the opportunity to participate in Y activities due to an inability to pay. The YMCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of everyone in the community.

Event sponsors include Aultman Tuscarawas Regional Health, Craig and Melody Rader, Denney Plastics Machining, Dover Brake Inc./Robin McCoy, Pulp, Tuscarawas County JFS, and Wendy’s.

Email or call Jason Eick, race director, if interested in volunteering for the race at or 330-364-5511.