When you think of Thanksgiving Day rivalries, it’s usually a discussion about high school football. In Plymouth, Mass, the birthplace of Thanksgiving Day tradition, a new rivalry has begun with the announcement of the Plymouth Turkey Trot, a 4.77 mile run on Thanksgiving morning. The new race represents the fourth road race that takes within Thanksgiving week in the town where the Thanksgiving holiday began.
In addition to the new Plymouth Turkey Trot, three other road races will take place in Plymouth. Those include the Plymouth Turkey Trot’s sister race, the third annual Thanksgiving Day Pilgrim 5k on Thanksgiving morning, the Turkey Chase for Charity and America’s Hometown’s Thanksgiving Race the latter two taking place during the weekend prior to Thanksgiving.
“I don’t know of any city or town in the country that has more Thanksgiving road races than the town of Plymouth, which is probably fitting considering the origins of the holiday,” said Steve Dubin, spokesperson for the Plymouth Turkey Trot and Thanksgiving Day 5k, as well as the Old Sandwich Road Race, which is held in June. “While you certainly don’t wish ill will towards fellow local road races, there is a competition to put on the race that’s going to attract the most local runners as well as folks looking for a getaway over the holidays.”
The Plymouth Turkey Trot starts at Memorial Park on the Waterfront at Plymouth Rock at 7:30am. The 4.77 mile course offers scenic views of the Plymouth’s picturesque oceanfront, and passes several historical sites including Plymouth Rock, Burial Hill and The Mayflower. The cost to register is $20 before November 1. Prizes will be awarded to men’s and women’s winners in several age groups.
“The Turkey Trot gives runners who might have some traveling to do for Thanksgiving an early start so they can get their run in and then head on over to Grandma’s house or wherever they’re going for a guilt-free Thanksgiving-Day dinner,” said Dubin.
For complete information, on the Plymouth Turkey Trot, visit www.plymouthturkeytrot.com.
The third annual Thanksgiving Day Pilgrim 5k kicks off from the Village Racquet and Fitness Center, at Pine Hills, 30 Gold Drive, Plymouth at 9:30 a.m. rain or shine on Thanksgiving morning. The course includes the oldest road in America, Old Sandwich Road. This race site was the original trail used by Pilgrims and Native Americans in the 1600’s as they traveled from Plymouth to Sandwich, Mass. Cost is $20 online until November 1.
All participants will receive a custom finishers’ medal. T-Shirts, designed by professional graphic artists, will be given to all 1,000 runners.
For complete information visit http://thanksgivingdaypilgrim5k.yolasite.com.
If you or your company is interested in sponsoring either the Plymouth Turkey Trot or the Thanksgiving Day Turkey 5k, please contact Steve Dubin at 781-582-1061 or firstname.lastname@example.org.