Troy Turkey Trot goes virtual

WNYT Staff
Updated: November 26, 2020 06:20 PM
Created: November 26, 2020 10:17 AM

Troy's Turkey Trot usually draws thousands of people to downtown Troy, to make a pre-meal dash up to Lansingburgh and back.

This year, it is virtual because of the pandemic, but it is not stopping people in the Capital Region from carrying on their Troy Turkey Trot tradition.

“We didn’t want to just cancel it outright,” said George Regan, the event director of the Troy Turkey Trot. “We found this app where people can participate in real-time on any course they feel comfortable on. It’s kind of like the best of both worlds.”

Runners can participate in the virtual 10K, 5K, Grade School Mile, or Turkey Walk. The Troy Turkey Trot app allows runners to track themselves and compete virtually against family and friends.

While Regan says he feels a little sad about not being able to hold the race in-person this year, he says we all need to take the pandemic seriously.

The window for the Troy Turkey Trot begins at 10 a.m. Thursday and will remain open through 11 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28.

“The reason we had a window, and we can have a window, is that this is all done by GPS. This app tracks their running, sends their signal to us, and shows us where they are as they are running, so we can get accurate results. That allows us to put a set of results together for this year’s Turkey Trot,” Regan said.

Proceeds from the race go to Joseph’s House and Shelter and the Northeast Regional Food Bank.

For Joe Deeb in Troy, this year was his 41st year running the Troy Turkey Trot. He did it right at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving with is family by his side. 

"People are going to keep the tradition and hey it's another race and it's in a row," said Deeb. "We're going to enjoy it, it's going going to be a special day."

Beth Morgan from the Capital Region has been running the turkey trot since 2006. She has a goal to run it for 50 consecutive years. She said this would be a good year for anyone who wants to try it for the first time. 

"Just getting out there and doing it makes it feel more like Thanksgiving," said Morgan. "It gives me something that I can be happy that I accomplished and be satisfied, so I think that it’s an excellent excellent year to maybe run your first."

To hear more about the virtual race, click on Emily De Vito’s report.

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