Avoid the Thanksgiving bloat this year by participating in the annual Turkey Trot.
This non-competitive and family-focused race will take place on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 24 at Pfiffner Park in Stevens Point.
The Turkey Trot is organized by Portage County Can, or PC Can, which encourages the Stevens Point Community to balance nutrition and activity. The vision of PC Can is to engage Portage County to be the healthiest community in the state.
Annie Wetter, president of PC Can, emphasized that the race is not a competition.
“It’s about getting outside with friends, family and neighbors, the people we are grateful to share our lives with,” Wetter said.
The Turkey Trot is free, but participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food donation for Interfaith Food Pantry. Through the donation of a non-perishable food item, the event promotes food security during the holiday season.
Last year, approximately 150 participants donated 360 food items weighing a total of 420 pounds.
PC Can is partnering with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Employee Wellness this year.
UWSP EW is put on entirely by Health Promotion and Wellness majors to promote events and provide educational materials related to the seven dimensions of wellness: spiritual, physical, emotional, career, intellectual, environmental and social.
Sallie Scovill, director of Employee Wellness, mentioned they would like to see a higher turnout in this non-competitive event along with more food donations to the local food pantry.
“There are a lot of needy people in the community and as a dimension of wellness we should support this,” Scovill said.
All ages and speeds are invited to attend. Strollers, dogs on leashes and costumes are encouraged as well.
Kelly Hammond, communication director for PC Can, has helped promote and organize the Turkey Trot.
“My hope is that this event brings the community together to give thanks for all that we share, and to give back a little bit as well,” Hammond said.
Students are welcome to attend or volunteer at the event if they are nearby on Thanksgiving Day. To help set up, mark the course or take things down, contact Annie Wetter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants can register online with family or friends and bring the completed waiver and food donations to the event or register at the event.
Event registration starts at 8:15 a.m. and the trot begins at 9 a.m.
“What better way to celebrate with family, friends, and neighbors than by enjoying some physical activity before the big meal,” Wetter said.