Sunapee Turkey Trot Unites Family and Friends

The 2009 Sunapee Turkey Trot is November 26th.

The 2009 Third Annual Sunapee Turkey Trot is November 26th. This photo from 2008 shows some of the great costumes and local participants (left to right): Tom Frederick, Chuck Weinstein, Beth Sprague, Jon Reed, Gordon Cruz and Bonnie Cruz.

This is the third year for the Sunapee Turkey Trot, a 5K road race for runners and walkers that’s held on Thanksgiving morning at Sunapee Harbor.

This event has become a wonderful family tradition uniting people from the community as well as friends and family gathered from all over the country for the Thanksgiving holiday, says Katie Flint, Sunapee.

“I used to do a race like this with my cousin in Massachusetts called the Feaster Five, and what I loved about the event was that it turned into a tradition with a family member I didn’t get to see very often. This is also the case with the Turkey Trot. Neighbors get to enjoy seeing their neighbors as well as people with whom they do not see on a daily basis,” Flint added.

Last year, the race up Burkehaven Hill and around Lake Avenue attracted over 500 walkers and runners including many dressed in costume. The organizing committee hopes for 700 entrants this year.

The race date is November 26th. And, again this year, there is a 1K Chicken Run for the little ones. Race directors include Sunapee Rec Department Director Scot Blewitt, Mindy Flater, David Rowell and Flint–all from Sunapee.

There will be awards for age categories and the best costume. And those that register before November 6, get a free t-shirt. Proceeds benefit the Sunapee Recreation Department. For more information and to register, visit www.sunapeeturkeytrot.com. Volunteers and sponsors are needed.

Pre-registration will be held on Wednesday, November 25 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the New London Agency Sotheby’s International Realty Office at Sunapee Harbor. Racers can check in and pick up bibs on the 25th or on the morning of the race.

The 1K Chicken Run is for the little ones. (Photo from 2008)

The 1K Chicken Run is for the little ones. (Photo from 2008)

Race day schedule:
• Registration, 7 – 8 a.m.
• 1K Chicken Run (kids fun run) at 8:15 a.m.
• 5K Turkey Trot at 9 a.m.
• Awards Ceremony to follow (for age categories and best costume)

As of October 20, the event sponsors are, at the Gold Level: Prospect Hill Antiques, Harding Hill Farm, and Hubert’s Family Outfitters. Silver: McKenney Construction, Avian Technologies, and New London Hospital. Bronze: New London Agency Sotheby’s International Realty, Sunapee Harbor Cottages, Cleaner Than Most, Sugar River Bank, Lake Sunapee Bank, Tattered Pages, Hannaford Supermarkets-New London, Miles & Sons Construction, Twin Doors Inn, and Stillwater Garden Shop.

Racers, volunteers and event sponsors can sign up at the Turkey Trot website.

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