Frisco hosts second annual Turkey Day 5k
On Thanksgiving Day, the town of Frisco will host the second annual Turkey Day 5K.
Last year’s inaugural run attracted more than 500 participants. This year, the untimed fun run will begin at 9:30 a.m., one block off Main Street, and finish in the Peak One Neighborhood.
“I have already heard folks say that this run will become a tradition for them. Last year a lot of people showed up in costumes and embraced the fun and celebration in Thanksgiving,” said Linsey Kach, recreation programs manager. “We have a really laid-back approach to this run, and personally I see it as a chance to be thankful for being in such a beautiful setting and having the ability and opportunity to run or walk a great course.”
The Turkey Day 5K is open to all ages and will take place on the Summit County Recreational Pathway and Frisco side streets, snow or shine.
Portions of the course won’t be plowed or shoveled. Leashed dogs and strollers are welcome, but snow may make pushing a stroller challenging.
The race will start in waves, 3 minutes apart, and participants will choose their own waves prior to the start.
The race begins at the old community center at Third Avenue and Granite Street and ends in the Peak One Neighborhood about four blocks from the start.
The route will follow Third Avenue to Pitkin Street to Miners Creek Road and will then wind its way onto the rec path. The run will then make its way onto Mount Royal Drive, Pine Drive, Juniper Street, Pitkin Street and Second Avenue.
Streets won’t be closed during the race, but increased pedestrian numbers will slow vehicle traffic. Registration for the 5K is $15 for adults, $10 for youths ages 6 to 17, and it’s free for kids 5 and under. Visit runtherockies.com to register, or register the morning of the run at the old community center.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Frisco Elementary School’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program.
The registration fee includes a Turkey Day 5K Polar Water Bottle, a post-race celebration at the Peak One Neighborhood with wassail (hot cider) from the Lost Cajun Restaurant and other giveaways.
Participants are encouraged to make a non-perishable food donation at the event to benefit the Family and Intercultural Resource Center. For every five items donated, participants will receive an extra ticket for the prize giveaway.
The run needs volunteers to assist with registration and course marshaling. To volunteer or for more information, contact Linsey Kach at (970) 668-9133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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