WALLINGFORD — Area runners are gearing up for the annual Turkey Trot 5-mile and 5K road race this month.
The Kiwanis Club will host the event which will consist of a 5 Mile, 5K road race, and 5K walk on Sunday, Nov. 24, at E.C. Stevens Elementary School, 18 Kondracki Lane. The race starts at 9 a.m.
Cindy Semrau, event coordinator, said the event has been a tradition for more than 30 years, but has been organized by the Kiwanis Club for the past five years.
“We only have three major fundraisers in the year,” Semrau said. “All of our money goes back into the community.”
Proceeds from the race will go to the Kiwanis Club of Wallingford, which works on projects for the community, sponsors youth organizations, and collects donations for community non-profit organizations and food banks.
Runners who pre-register by Nov. 15 pay a $25 fee which includes a T-Shirt. Race day registration will cost $30 and starts at 8 a.m.
The event is open to all ages and will have raffle prizes for attendees, including 15 frozen turkeys that will be raffled off by the end of the event.
According to statement from Lt. Anthony DeMaio of the Traffic Division, there will be a road closure on South Elm Street. All motor vehicle traffic between Center Street and Ward Street will be prohibited from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. Vehicle traffic arrangements can be made through Henry Street, Wallace Street, and Wall Street.
Semrau said last year more than 200 people participated in the race, the highest turnout and participation in the race so far. She expects the number of participants this year to be similar or more than the previous year.
“Seventy-five people have pre-registered which is good,” Semrau said. “And we still have two weeks to go.”
The Turkey Trot road race will be the last race of the season in a series that included the “In a Heartbeat” 5K race in June, to raise money for defibrillators for organizations in need, and the YMCA Community Road Race in October. Participants who ran in all three races will receive a prize for their participation.
Registration is available on the Kiwanis Club website.