If you’re looking forward to a gut-busting Thanksgiving dinner this year, you might want to consider joining in Latrobe-GLSD Parks & Recreation’s 25th Annual Turkey Trot, a 5K run/walk, to burn some calories and make room for more stuffing.

Aside from marking the event’s 25th anniversary, this year’s race also will be special for another reason.

“Mike Scaffardi, the winner of the first Turkey Trot, he’s going to be the starter of this year’s race,” said Latrobe-GLSD Director Craig Shevchik, noting that Scaffardi’s children help run some of the organization’s programs now.

The event has undergone tremendous growth in the past 25 years, going from 136 finishers in its first year to an average of 800-900 finishers currently. Latrobe-GLSD also is hoping to beat the record of 1,200 participants this year.

The Turkey Trot is Latrobe-GLSD’s biggest fundraiser, with the money raised from the event used to support the many other recreational programs the organization hosts throughout the year and to help cover the costs to maintain its facilities.

Shevchik said the price hasn’t increased much, going from about $13 back when the race first started to $20 today.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Latrobe Memorial Stadium near Legion-Keener Park in Latrobe, and the race is scheduled to get underway with a 9:30 a.m. start for runners and a 9:32 a.m. start for walkers (with strollers at the rear), rain or shine.

If you sign up before Nov. 18, the entry fee is $20. The race day fee is $25 (cash or check only). As Thanksgiving is indeed all about giving thanks, you’ll receive a 25th Annual Turkey Trot commemorative race T-shirt for participating.

To enter, download the entry form available at http://www.latroberecreation.org/images/pdf/Times_FW_pg18.pdf and send the form and your entry fee to Latrobe-GLSD Parks & Recreation, P.O. Box 307, Latrobe, PA 15650-0307 or fax 724-537-2057.

Awards will be presented in eight age divisions, divided up for males and females, and runners and walkers.

This year, Latrobe-GLSD will give out turkey trophies instead of medals to the winners, according to Shevchik.

If you want to join in the Turkey Trot but you can’t make it for this year’s race, don’t worry, as you have plenty of time to get in on the fun. New this year is the opportunity to do a Virtual Turkey Trot. Register under Virtual Turkey Trot 5K, send a picture of your time to Latrobe-GLSD (it can be a picture of your 5K time on a treadmill, your steps from a Fitbit, Garmin results, etc.) and the organization will send you a commemorative T-shirt and a race bib for participating.

You can register for the virtual 5K the same way you register for the regular race, by noting your division as “Virtual,” Shevchik said. The deadline to register for the virtual 5K is Nov. 18. If you submit your results by Monday, Nov. 25, they will appear on the Run High website with the results from the other racers. The entry fee is $20.

Shevchik said multiple people already have signed up for the virtual 5K and some have even submitted their times.

He noted that others have contacted him expressing interest in participating in it, too.

For more information, call the Latrobe-GLSD offices at 724-537-4331.

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