Batavia race registration underway for Thanksgiving’s Fox and Turkey


BATAVIA – More than 2,000 participants from the Tri-Cities area are expected to gather in downtown Batavia on Thanksgiving morning for the Fox River Trail Runners’ 21st The Fox and the Turkey, a 4-mile race and 1-mile youth race.

It’s one of the longest-running turkey trots in the Fox Valley area, a news release stated.

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“Since its humble beginnings in 1996, The Fox and the Turkey race has been about celebrating fun, family and fitness in the Tri-City area,” Karen Willuweit, president of Fox River Trail Runners, stated in the release.

The day gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 with the 1-mile youth race open to children age 12 and younger. At 8:15 a.m., the 4-mile race will begin. All runners will start on Houston Street and Island Avenue and will head west across Route 31 and through the neighborhood.

Online registration is open at, closing at 11:59 p.m. Nov. 20. Race-day registration will be held from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. at the Peg Bond Center, 151 N. Island Ave., Batavia.

Packet pickups are planned between noon and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at The Holmstad, 700 W. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia, and on race day from 6:30 to 8 a.m. at the Peg Bond Center.

All spectators and participants are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry.

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