The 113th annual iteration of the NOAC's Turkey Day Race is still on this year, but in a more asynchronous manner. Rather than the more typical race-day gathering of swarms of runners clad in turkey socks and hats that you may be used to, this Turkey Trot can be completed on your own at any point after picking up your race packet and before Thanksgiving ends. Speaking of the packet, which contains race premiums and information, remember to pick up yours on Tuesday, November 24, at the New Orleans Athletic Club at 222 North Rampart St. Pickup is available from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and participants will have the luxury of free parking during the pickup period.
This year's Turkey Trot has a $25 dollar registration fee, and the proceeds are benefitting the Spina Bifida of Louisiana (SBLouisiana) nonprofit organization. Spina bifida is a rare spinal birth defect that most people are unfamiliar with, and SBLouisiana is working to ensure that families who have children suffering from it can receive the support they need. Second Harvest Food Bank is the other beneficiary, and they continue to lead the fight against hunger in South Louisiana, as well as advocating for education and serving in disaster relief.
While it may feel pointless to do on your own an event such as this five-mile race, which seems inextricable from its group identity, try to remember that before long, we will hopefully be able to have group events back in full swing. For now, a virtual race is all we can afford socially, but the money still supports a great cause, and you are still getting in great exercise as well as participating in a community event—even if you are all running in your own places and timeframes. If you do end up participating and are interested in the awards, remember to send your run results, as well as proof of your run, to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. You can view all the important information about this race HERE.