Attention, Turkey Trot racers.
Those competing will have to get up pretty early this year; but on the bright side, runners will be helping to feed 818 more people than they did from proceeds from last year's event.
In an effort to outrun Mother Nature, the Town of Palm Beach United Way's 14th annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot has been moved to 6:45 a.m., 45 minutes earlier than the usual 7:30 a.m. start. The 5K race, which begins and ends at Bradley Park, is run along several island streets, including the Lake Trail, which is prone to flooding during high tide.
That morning, there is a risk of high tides and water along the Lake Trail, United Way officials learned while checking tide charts. Aleese Kopf, the United Way's director of marketing and communications, said safety concerns led the charity to move up the event to the earlier time, she said.
But 7:30 a.m. will not go by without a race. The Drumstick Dash, for children 8 and younger, will begin at the park at that time.
Proceeds from the sold-out event, which is limited to 1,400 participants, provide Thanksgiving meals to families across the county. Funds raised from this year's race will provide meals for 4,985 individuals at 19 nonprofit agencies, according to the United Way.
Last year, the Turkey Trot raised $118,328, which was used to provide meals to 4,167 children and adults at 32 nonprofit agencies.
Last year's race was won by Mackenzie Mettille, a 24-year-old Gypsum, Colo., native who also won in 2019. The 2020 race was held virtually because of the pandemic.
For more information, visit www.palmbeachunitedway.org/turkey-trot or call 561-655-1919.
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