Thanksgiving races abound for runners
CAPITAL REGION There’s a new Turkey Trot in the Capital Region and its trying to capitalize on its location.
The private Episcopal St. George’s Elementary School is sponsoring its first five-kilometer race on Thanksgiving around the Shenendehowa High School area. The race joins a host of other 5k races on this day, including ones in Saratoga Springs, Troy, Cohoes and Schenectady.
“We just realized there wasn’t one in Clifton Park,” said co-director of the St. George’s race, Sherri Eckles. “This one is kind of centrally located.”
The race kicks off at 8 a.m. and starts at the St. George’s Elementary School on Route 146. Eckles described the course as flat and said most of it goes through the campus of the nearby high school.
She said the goal of the race is to raise funds to create a school scholarship for one student, hopefully the child of an emergency responder. To offer a scholarship for an entire year of tuition, the race needs to raise about $6,800
In addition to a 5k, there will also be a kids run for $1 per entry.
This upstart race is competing for runners with one of the country’s oldest races in Troy, where they’ll be running the 65th Troy Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. The 5k race traces its routes back to 1916 when six runners competed, with the offerings now including 5k and 10k races, a one-mile walk and a one-mile run for kids. More than 7,000 people are expected to participate in the festivities.
Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia said in a statement that the city is thrilled about the chance to showcase its historic neighborhoods, as the 5k course goes along River Street.
“This race is the biggest event Troy holds all year and serves as a fantastic way to get the entire community involved in celebrating fitness, family and tradition,” Rosamilia said. “This prestigious event continues to evolve and a slate of new additions will help make this year’s edition truly unique.”
The Troy events start at 8 a.m., with the 5k going off at 9:45 a.m.
A growing event is in Saratoga Springs, where almost 3,500 people are expected to participate in the 11th annual Chris Dailey 5k Turkey Trot.
The 8:30 a.m. race, which covers the Skidmore campus and North Broadway, was organized by the parents of Chris Dailey, who was 8 when he died 11 years ago. A foundation was formed in his name that raises money for youth sports in the area.
This year’s event includes a highly personal touch from Maria Dailey, Chris’s mom. She’s making cookies to give out to the top three finishers in each age category.
“We decided to give out cookies this year to keep it personal,” said Chris’s dad, Mark Dailey. “The bigger it gets, it might be challenging to keep it personal, but it’s still personal to us.”
The personal touches include remarks from a priest and having the national anthem sung by Chris’s brother Brendan and Saratoga Springs native Maggie Doherty. Additionally, many of Chris’s friends, who are now in college, come home and volunteer or run in the race.
A slight change this year involves the Skidmore campus, where the route deviates from normal, but Mark Dailey promised the course is as hilly as ever. “We’re not giving anyone a break,” he joked.
In Schenectady at 9 a.m. is the 5k Cardiac Classic from Ellis Medicine, which also sponsors a 1-Mile Duck Pond Fun Run and a 2-mile walk before the 5k. The events are expected to attract more 1,700 people to Schenectady’s Central Park.
A change in this year’s race is the way runners are timed, with the timing chip now being attached to a runners bib. In the past, runners have had to tie the chip to their shoe.
In Cohoes there is a free Turkey Trot, where runners are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item that goes to a food pantry. Participants ages 18 and under also get a free shirt, which can be purchased for $10 by anyone else.
This race kicks off at 8:30 a.m. in front of City Hall.
A few days later on Saturday, people have a chance to run again in Altamont, with the 5th annual Run Off That Turkey Trot 5k at 10 a.m.
Where to register
St George’s School Turkey Trot 5k: www.active.com or www.stgeorgeschoolcp.org until Nov. 20.
Troy Turkey Trot races: www.troyturkey trot.com.
Chris Dailey 5k Turkey Trot: www.chris topherdaileyfoundation.com.
Ellis Medicine events in Schenectady: www.ellismedicine.org/car diac-classic.
49th annual Cohoes Turkey Trot: www.areep.com.
Run Off That Turkey Trot 5k: www.active.com.