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JBLM Turkey Trot

Annual fun run offers chance to help food banks

Published: 01:04PM November 16th, 2017

Northwest Guardian/2016

Participants at the annual JBLM Turkey Trot 5K fun run and 1K Drumstick Dash kids’ run will also have a chance to win a prize for best costume. The kids run begins at 9:30 a.m.; the 5K starts at 10 a.m.

If you go

What: JBLM Turkey Trot

When: Saturday at 9:30 a.m. 1K Drumstick Dash; 10 a.m. for the 5K run.

Where: Family and MWR’s Festival Tent, 2200 Liggett Ave., Lewis Main. Day-of registration table open at 7 a.m.

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The holiday season is a time for giving. On Joint Base Lewis-McChord, it can also fall in conjunction with the season of running.

The annual JBLM Turkey Trot scheduled for Saturday morning outside Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Fest Tent on Lewis Main will offer a chance to collect food for people in need. Last year, hundreds of runners dropped off canned food items that were distributed to multiple area food banks.

Runners receive a raffle ticket for each food item they donate — up to a maximum limit of four raffle tickets. Mallory Loy, race coordinator, said the food drive is part of what brings out a large turnout.

“The gift of giving is important to some runners,” Loy said.

That gift of giving continues through the raffle as there will be Thanksgiving-themed gift baskets awarded after the fun run. But the raffle includes turkeys being awarded to a few lucky runners.

It’s no surprise that the turkey giveaway is also a big part of the event having a good turnout. It’s also no surprise some people, like Loy, enjoy seeing the reaction of their ticket number called for a free turkey in time for Thanksgiving week.

“Even if they don’t keep it because sometimes they tend to donate (the turkey) to someone else, the look on their face is priceless,” Loy said.

Runners can also have a chance at winning a prize through the Turkey Trot’s costume contest. The most creative costume will be named. Expect plenty of contenders as runners have often gotten creative with various Thanksgiving foods for their attire — even strollers being decked out and the babies dressed as little turkeys.

Nothing is off limits in terms of what people can dress up as.

“People have crazy ideas, so I wanted to leave (the category) as ‘most creative,’” Loy said. “Sometimes it has nothing to do with Thanksgiving and that’s OK.”

The JBLM Turkey Trot features a 5K run at 10 a.m. that is similar to other 5K fun runs held in that part of Lewis Main. Children can also participate in the 1K Drumstick Dash that will start 30 minutes before the 5K begins.

The online registration deadline has passed, but interested runners can still sign up the day of the race. Registration table at Family and MWR’s Fest Tent opens at 7 a.m. and will remain open until the runs begin.

The cost of the registration for runners with a valid military identification card is $30 for the 5K and $20 for the kids’ 1K dash.

Runners without a military ID will pay $35 for the 5K and $25 for the 1K.