Turkey Trot Brings Community Together On Thanksgiving
Many people celebrate Thanksgiving with a festive dinner surrounded by loved ones, but beginning in 1994, Americans all across the country set a Thanksgiving tradition by running at their local Turkey Trot
“The Turkey Trot began in Plymouth, Massachusetts; however, as the word spread many other cities such as Miami began hosting their own Turkey Trot,” said Dinorah Sepeta, a volunteer. This has caused different version of the run, but one thing has stayed the same – the meaning behind the event. “As a volunteer, I collect can goods for those in need. At least for the Turkey Trot in Miami, all donations go to Camillus House, and I believe that due to that, many people continue to attend this run,” said Sepeta.
“I have been coming to this event from an early age, to the point it has become a tradition to my family. As long as they continue to have this event, I will be attending,” said David Figuerido, a runner. “My mom heard about this event through social media and read that goods go to help the community we live in, so she keeps encouraging me and others to come,” said Figuerido. In past years, the Turkey Trot has collected enough food that it has been able to feed those in Camillus House, but also opened its door to the public.
Although the event is known for the 5K or 10K run, the Turkey Trot offers various different activities for kids. “Having the activities for kids, such as the bounce house, the board games, and a mini track for kids to race each other, is so much help since I know they are having fun and are safe as I can go for the annual run,” said Gigi Gabriel, a runner. “After those who signed up are running, many kids stay behind since they can’t run such long distance, so as a volunteer, I also have to make sure that those kids are safe,” said Sepeta.
As the years continue to pass, many people throughout the country, and specifically in Miami, will continue to participate in the Turkey Trot to help the community they live in, and celebrate Thanksgiving in a distinctive way.
With contributions by Julian Corrales and Marcus Callegari