By Agrippina Fadel
Registration for the 41st Annual Tamarac Turkey Trot 5K is open and early risers receive a discount over the next two weeks.
The race begins on Thanksgiving morning, the Thursday 24 November, at 7.30 a.m.
The 5 km (3.1 mile) course is certified by the USATF. The course is flat and fast, with many turns through the Woodmont neighborhood of Tamarac. The race starts at 77th Street on Pine Island Road, follows east on 75th, north on 80th, back on Pine Island Road, then south to the finish line at the hotel of town.
Early Bird registration is $20 and ends October 15. Then it’s $30 from October 16 to November 15 and $35 from November 16 to 23. Registration for the Turkey Trot closes at noon on November 23 – or once the race is sold out. There are currently more than 1,900 places available. Runners without registration will not be able to register on race day.
All participants will be able to collect their packages from November 21 to 23, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Tamarac Community Center or from 6:30 a.m. on the day of the race at the Town Hall of Tamarac.
The age categories are 9 and under, 10-12, 13-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+, for male and female runners.
Trophies are awarded to the first overall, to the three finishers based on shooting time, and winners in each age group are awarded for first, second, and third place. These will be presented to the town hall of Tamarac after the race.
The first 1,500 registered runners will receive commemorative t-shirts and all finishers wearing a bib will receive a medal.
The city will install water stations at the first and second kilometer markers and provide a variety of food and refreshments to all participants after the race.
Turkey Trot donations benefit the Parks and Recreation Foundation of Tamarac and will be used to fund youth program grants, scholarships, park equipment and recreational events. Runners can make additional donations when registering online.
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Agrippina Fadel grew up in Siberia and earned her master’s degree in journalism from Tyumen State University. Agrippina is also a writer and editor at Draftsy.net. She has resided in the United States for over ten years and speaks English and Russian.