SHERIDAN — In an effort to help people burn calories for the consumption of Thanksgiving dinner while also supporting a workplace for people with special needs, the annual Turkey Trot is now taking registrations.
The Turkey Trot, now in its third consecutive year, is a 5K run and walk which begins at 8 a.m. at the Sheridan Community Center on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 23.
The course heads east from the Community Center to Beardsley Road and then returns back to where it began.
There were be two groupings for the run — runners ages 12 and younger and runners ages 13 and older. The first male and female in each group to cross the finish line will be crowned “Top Turkeys.” Awards will be given out to first-, second- and third-place finishers.
Preregister cost is $20 per adult (ages 13 and older) and $5 per child. Registering on the day of the race is $25.
“Huffin’ for the Stuffin’ T-shirts, which New Beginnings’ workers created, are available for $10 and can be pre-ordered by Nov. 13.
All the proceeds benefit New Beginnings in Sheridan, according to Patty Rockafellow, coordinator of the event and director of White Pine Library in Stanton.
New Beginnings, located at 208 S. Main St. in Sheridan, is a privately funded, nonprofit, used items store that offers job training and a degree of independence to special needs, young adults. Working with a job coach, workers are taught valuable skills that help them find other employment in the larger world and set them on the path to independent living.
The workplace and training facility, which currently is training six young adults, was established in 2009 and is now run by store manager and job coach Tracy Snider, who has been with the program for a year.
“The Turkey Trot is a huge impact for New Beginnings. Every one of our fundraisers are crucial because that’s what provides vocational training for the young adults,” Snider said. “Without them, we would not have the ability to run the program or training facility. Events like the Turkey Trot funds the job coaching and needs of the store.”
For many racers, the Turkey Trot is a fun way to dress silly and enjoy an outdoor recreation with friends and family. Snider will be one of the dressed-up runners.
“A lot of people will dress up in turkey apparel. It’s quite a sight,” Rockafellow said. “It’s great to see people dress up. It’s fun to see and, for the runners, it’s fun to do.”
To preregister, go to www.signmeup.com/site/reg/register.aspx?fid=RV2V7H7.
To order a T-shirt, call (989) 289-0095 and be sure to say what size shirt, as they come in men, women and children’s sizes.