BY RACHEL ADKINS
THE DAILY INDEPENDENT
RUSSELL A Russell Thanksgiving tradition will continue this year with the annual Turkey Trot starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday.
The race will begin at the Russell Super Quik and follow the established Run by the River course. Participants will be able to take on a 5k or 10k.
Ruthie Lynd, chairman of the event, said there is no registration fee. Instead, runners are asked to bring canned food or nonperishable food items.
“It all goes to Helping Hands, which goes right back into our community,” said Lynd.
She explained the shelves at Helping Hands are depleted quickly during the holidays, so the hope of the event is to help them re-stock their food items.
Lynd said around 500 runners participated in last year’s race, which came with a little drizzle of rain. This year she is hopeful the weather will be in the event’s favor.
The race first began more than 30 years ago when Ron Simpson, Andy Ballash, Judge Joe Hood and others came together for a run on Thanksgiving morning. The group also decided to bring food to donate to those in need.
“From then on it just kind of grew,” said Lynd.
Over the years, Lynd said runners have added their own creative flair to the trot, making T-shirts and wearing other fun Thanksgiving-related attire.
While the race is noncompetitive, Lynd said a timing clock would be onsite, courtesy of Shawn Thornberry.
For more information about the event, call Lynd at (606) 831-8003.
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