LIVONIA – The much anticipated 5th annual Livonia Turkey Trot will begin Thursday, November 27 at 8 a.m., courtesy of the Livonia Central School District, and the Village of Livonia.
Race staff are as psyched as ever for the arrival of this tradition, as the list of runners and the routes gets better and better every year. This year, the 3.4 mile course is USA Track and Field Association certified until 2024, and the race now has chip timing as opposed to hand timing, making results quicker and more accurate.
“The race has gotten bigger and bigger each year,” said Race Organizer Cassie Coyle. “The route is really pretty with beautiful scenery.”
The event raises money for the local food pantry, and everyone is encouraged to donate a food item to charity. Shurfine is donating a frozen turkey to the first male and the first female to cross the finish line.
The race will begin at Livonia High School, tours the streets of Livonia. Leading through Main Street, the runners will end their quest back at the High School for refreshments and prizes.
The races are supported by numerous local businesses, including Cycle Craze, Tim Hortons, Genesee Valley Chiropractic, Shurfine and Embesi Contracting. In addition to the support, many of the businesses are donating things such as post race food and drink, or prizes for finishers.
“All the people and businesses who sponsor us help to keep the entry fees low,” said Coyle. “Our sponsors are a huge part of our success.”
The race isn’t overwhelming, something anyone can feel free to participate in. Coyle said the size of the race and the route makes it appealing to a wide audience.
Coyle added that the unpredictable weather is actually a draw, as each of the preceding years has brought different challenges.
To sign up for the races, click here.
Photo Caption: Last year’s Turkey Trot. Photo from Livonia Turkey Trot Facebook page.