Reporter-Herald Staff Writer
Jared Kasprzak ran in the 2015 Turkey Trot with turkey flair on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 in Loveland. Kasprzak, then 16 years old, had his mom’s help completing his ensemble for the 5K. Thompson School District students are encouraged to participate in the annual race. (Trevor L. Davis / Loveland Reporter-Herald file photo)
If you go
What: Turkey Trot 5K.
When: 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23.
Where: McKee Medical Center, 2000 Boise Ave., Loveland.
More info: mckeefoundationevents.com/turkeytrot.
The 16th annual Turkey Trot 5K in Loveland offers a way for the community to come together to celebrate all we are thankful for.
“It’s a really fun family event. There are a lot of people that dress up. It’s a great way to come together as a community to celebrate thanks and Thanksgiving,” said Allis Gilbert, the executive director of the McKee Medical Center Foundation.
Registration for the fun run/walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 23, at McKee Medical Center, 2000 Boise Ave., Loveland. Registration fees are $35 through today, Nov. 15, and $40 between Nov. 16 and 21, and the day of the race.
Money raised this year will go to the Marge Schafer Nursing Scholarship.
“All of the funds raised will go toward the scholarship program and every year we offer a $5,000 scholarship to a nursing student,” said Gilbert. Schafer was a nurse and, as a living donor, donated a kidney to a fellow community member, the late Bill McCullough.
“We are going to have some folks on site that are living donors that people can ask questions of and find out what being a living donor means,” Gilbert said.
Each year, the McKee Medical Center Foundations works with Thompson School District to encourage students to participate in the race. In the past, McKee has offered a competitive grant based on how many students from each school were there. This year, to level the playing field for smaller schools, it is more participation based.
“Those schools that meet the participation guidelines of 10 percent, we will provide a grant to that school,” said Chris Fine, fund development program specialist, events and sponsorships, for McKee Medical Foundation. The maximum grant a school can receive is $300.
“The idea is to get the kids involved in the Turkey Trot and get the families involved in the foundation,” Gilbert said. Getting the students involved promotes not only a healthy lifestyle, but a sense of giving.
“It also gives them a sense of philanthropy, so participating in something that goes to an underlying cause,” said Fine.
Last year, the Turkey Trot had about 1,800 people participate.
“If registration is any indication, we are going to exceed that number,” said Fine.
The three-mile course is on flat ground and starts and ends at McKee Medical Center. Participants will travel through the surrounding neighborhoods. Strollers are welcome, but pets should be left at home.
“We want to allow for the widest amount of folks to participate,” Gilbert said.
There are prizes for each age category for the winners, but the race is mostly for everyone, young and old, to come out and have some fun before their big turkey dinner.
Michelle Vendegna: 970-699-5407, email@example.com