12th annual Turkey Trot continues the tradition

Bonners Ferry is looking forward to another fun, family-friendly, and free Turkey Trot 5k/10k fun run this year on Thanksgiving morning.

“This event started as our ‘Second Helping’ run for the day, and now that we’re in our 12th year, it’s become a tradition for lots of individuals and families,” said founder and organizer Carolyn Tesla. “We’ve grown from 50 runners our first year to just over 200 last year and end up with about five full food barrels for our local food bank.”

The gun goes off promptly at 9 a.m. Thursday, November 26, from the Boundary County Fairgrounds parking lot and leads runners down Riverside Road to the 5k turnaround just past Mirror Lake Road.

The 10k continues past the 5k turnaround and will be marked with cones. The water station is near the 5k turnaround.

“It’s a nice little out-and-back, and Jim Cadnum has generously measured out both distances with his running wheel,” said Testa. “Without our volunteers each year, there wouldn’t be an Annual Turkey Trot. Talk about being thankful!”

There will be pumpkin pie with whipped cream and hot chocolate with marshmallows and coffee from Under the Sun at the finish line, along with prizes of frozen turkeys, Indian Corn arrangements donated by Jim Cadnum, swag from Iron Mike’s Gym, Under the Sun, Dr. Hank Willis, and Compass Grill so far.

Be sure to arrive early enough to enjoy the burn barrel, listen to great parking lot music from an awesome sound system provided by Forerunner Entertainment and play Turkey Trivia with prizes!

“The run remains free, no registration, and it is timed. It’s a great way to earn your second piece of pie before 10 a.m.,” said Testa.

In the spirit of giving thanks, participants are asked to bring a non-perishable item of food for the local food bank. Questions can be directed to Carolyn Testa at (208) 290-7039.

See you at the Turkey Trot!