XC Turkey Trot Scheduled for Thanksgiving Morning

Rayner Reinhardt and Katie thor Straten

It’s that time of the year again: Thanksgiving! Ready to run off all that turkey and gravy?

This Thanksgiving, November 26th, 2015, CHS is hosting their 12th annual CHS cross-country Turkey Trot which includes a 5k and a 1 mile fun run for the kids.

The race is headed by CHS Cross Country coach Sandra Gallagher-Mohler. All proceeds of the race go directly to the CHS cross-country program. The money will help with purchasing uniforms, supplying training tools, taking care of travel expenses, and supporting several of their the philanthropic causes.

This year the race is partnering with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. They help give support and strengthen the cancer communities.

The registration deadline is by Nov.19 if you want to avoid the increase in fees. Before this day, the kid run is only $20 and the 5k is only $30. After this day, the price of the fun run goes to $25 and the 5k goes to $40.

Race day registration and packet pickup will be open from 7-8am on race day; otherwise, packet pickup is on Wednesday November 25th from 4-8pm in the CHS cafeteria.

Participants don’t have to be able to run three miles; this course is open to walkers and runners alike, but strollers and dogs are prohibited.

At the end of the race there is an award ceremony in the CHS cafeteria at 9:45 am.

This event is a perfect way to spend time with family and friends on Thanksgiving and support the local cross-country team. Runners can also look at the beautiful scenery of autumn time.

Father and son pair, Matt and Nick Bucher, have run the race together for the past 5 Thanksgivings.

“[We] do it together as part of our turkey day tradition,” Nick Bucher said.“It’s an awesome runners high with some awesome family and the perfect way to prepare for the holiday.”

Freshman Eva White, a varsity CHS Cross Country runner, has run the Turkey Trot several times in the past.

“It was my first 5K and I loved it! It was a great experience!” White said.

However, this year is different for her since, instead of participating in the race, she will help run it instead.

“Our whole team is manning the course and directing people where to run, so I am not running this year,” White said.