Organizers prepare for return of in-person Troy Turkey Trot

TROY – Preparation for the annual the Troy Turkey Trot is well underway.

The race is the nation’s 12th and the world’s 64th oldest road race.

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It’s also important because it helps raise funds for people in need.

There is a lot of anticipation about the event this year, because last year they couldn’t have the race in person due to COVID.

Organizers say the Turkey Trot raises nearly $10,000 for the food bank.

The race will take place in downtown Troy on Thanksgiving Day. This is the 105th year the event is being held. There is a 5k, a 10k, a grade school mile and a senior walk.

Organizers of the race say they have already raised $8,000. They are hoping to raise more money over the next few weeks.

Money from the event goes to Joseph’s House & Shelter and to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. The need for services has increased due to the pandemic.

"There should not be any hunger in our community any day of the year, but especially on Thanksgiving Day, when you and I are all going to go back and have a great dinner, yet a lot of people go hungry," said George Regan, the event director for the Troy Turkey Trot.

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Volunteers are still needed. You can find out how to help at the link below.