More than 600 participants have signed up for Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care’s first Thanksgiving Day 5K Turkey Trot, an event organizer said Tuesday.
The 5K walk/run will kick off Thursday at the Oneonta Boys and Girls Club on River Street. Registration for the event will begin at 8 a.m., and the race will start at 9 a.m.. According to Hospice Community Relations Coordinator Kelly McGraw, participants can run, walk, or stroll along the 3.1-mile route through Oneonta’s Sixth Ward. Anyone interested can register at the Boys and Girls Club tonight from 4 to 7 p.m., or on race day starting at 7:30 a.m.
McGraw said there has been tremendous interest and support from the community for this new race. After participating in a turkey trot in her own hometown, McGraw said, she thought of Oneonta’s committed group of runners and wondered if the city could start its own annual race on Thanksgiving.
“The plan all along was to establish this event as a tradition that families can look forward to participating in every year around Thanksgiving,” McGraw said.
Petrea Delberta, business manager at the Oneonta Boys and Girls Club and member of the race’s planning committee, said she was happy to work with Hospice and to be able to provide a warm home base for the race at the Boys and Girls Club.
“Any time we can work with a nonprofit organization like Hospice, we do.” Delberta said. She said Hospice has been great to work with.
Proceeds from the race will go toward Hospice’s “The Perfect Gift” program, which McGraw said started with a donation from the Sixth Ward Athletic Club and allowed a hospice family the gift of a fully prepared Christmas dinner. According to Hospice’s website, the program’s goal is to “offer every hospice family a lasting experience that is unique, personal and forever meaningful.” McGraw said this does not necessarily mean a material gift, but rather a special event or experience for recipients and their families.