The Franklin Park Coalition will host its fifth annual Turkey Trot fundraiser and holiday tradition on Thanksgiving morning on Nov. 23, according to a press release.
The event is a 5K run/walk that has been enjoyed by nearly 1500 people, from park neighbors to visitors across the country.
The race distinguishes itself from other 5Ks in that it is not competitive; the race is suited for runners pushing strollers, leashed dogs, families, and runners in Thanksgiving-themed costumes.
“Our family has participated in the Turkey Trot several years and we have always had a wonderful time. It is a great way to get outside, meet people, and work-up an appetite for the holiday meal,” said Jack Pelletier of Dorchester, who brings three generations of family to walk, run, and volunteer, according to the press release.
Many families and running clubs have made the Franklin Park Turkey Trot a tradition, including the Forest Hills Running Club.
“The Franklin Park Turkey Trot is the perfect addition to our yearly events,” said Jen Flynn, club president, according to the press release. “We are thankful to have such a beautiful community to run in and with.”
The race course is on the park’s tree-lined and traffic-free paved paths. Online registration is open until Nov. 22, and the start time of the race is 9 a.m. Participants are encouraged to arrive early for registration. See fpc5k.com for more information.