What is a Turkey Trot and where did it start anyway?

In 1896, Buffalo, N.Y. hosted the first-ever Turkey Trot. Only six runners participated in this holiday race, and they ran five miles down dirt roads in downtown Buffalo. In the early 1900’s the course was moved to pavement, but women did not compete until 1972. Year after year, runner participation increased in the original turkey trot, and other races began popping up for Thanksgiving all over the east coast. As running grew in popularity, so did the number of turkey trots. Over time, competitors began to dress up at the turkey trot events. Runners wore everything from turkey costumes and superhero gear to banana suits, and the fun trend stuck. Turkey trots have become a national tradition on Thanksgiving morning itself, or on the weekends before or after, in communities all over America. It’s the most popular type of road race in the country and draws the participation of whole families.

This year, Dravet Syndrome Foundation is hosting our 8th annual Turkey Trot: Dash for Dravet. This virtual event can take place anywhere in the United States on or before Thanksgiving Day. We welcome those of all fitness levels because it’s a little less about how fast you “wobble”, and more about bringing people together, expressing gratitude, and showing support in honor of someone with Dravet syndrome that you know, love or may have lost.

Thanksgiving is all about family, friends and food and has absolutely nothing to do with presents or religion. It’s a holiday that typically has one or more family traditions: the Thanksgiving Day Parade, the feast, and maybe your evening is spent with a full belly and some football. Why not squeeze in a Dash for Dravet to help justify that extra slice of pie?

Here is something to think about, according to the Calorie Control Council, the average American will consume between 3,000 and 4,500 calories during the Thanksgiving meal. That is a lot more food than most Americans need; no doubt it’s one key reason so many continue to lace up their shoes for Dash for Dravet.

Here are my top 10 reasons to Dash for Dravet on or before Thanksgiving Day:

  1. Paying the price for all things pumpkin spice.
  2. Stress reducer. Let’s face it, awkward moments around the dinner table and family drama are inevitable. Dash for Dravet is an excellent excuse to get out of the house and clear your mind before the craziness begins.
  3. Dessert, dessert, and more dessert. Let’s burn those thighs before they bring out the pies.
  4. Get outside. Fresh air is a great way to start your day.  It’s even been shown to help you digest food more effectively.
  5. Community building. Register your family, recruit your friends, invite your neighbors, and meet new people.
  6. Making room for seconds.
  7. Trotting towards a healthier you! Thanksgiving is just the beginning. Use this as an opportunity to kick it into high gear.
  8. An excuse to dress ridiculously. Run in costume: put on a turkey costume, a drumstick headband, or festive socks.
  9. Huffin’ and puffin’ for the stuffin’ and we all love the stuffin’!
  10. The most important reason: DASH FOR DRAVET! Help us raise awareness and funds for the important programs of DSF!

Thanksgiving is coming up quickly. Make like the early bird and click here to register. The first 300 registrants will recieve our new 2023 Turkey Trot shirt. Be sure to register by November 2nd to receive your shirt by Thanksgiving Day!

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