Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot to benefit Boyertown post prom

Charlene Wysocki with her daughters Andrea, 18, and Sarah, 23, at the Broad Street run in Philadelphia.
Charlene Wysocki with one of her daughters after completing a run together.

A group of individuals are offering an alternative Thanksgiving morning for those looking to kick off the holiday with some vigor.

Members of the BASH Post-Prom committee have organized a Turkey Trot 5K run and walk. The race starts at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28, and it will begin and end at the Boyertown Community Park.

“Now that there's a trail at the park, we wanted to incorporate that,” said Charlene Wysocki, post-prom committee member and parent of a Boyertown senior.

The course of the race has already been have marked throughout Boyertown. The walking part will remain entirely in the park.

“I've heard of them [Turkey Trots] being held before and after Thanksgiving Day,” said Wysocki. “I can't imagine running Friday after eating all day [on Thursday].”

Luckily, they're doing quite well in regards to registrants, says Wysocki. As of Thursday, Nov. 14, 80 people from five states have preregistered for the race. The committee is hoping to have more than 100 participants; people can sign up the day of the event.

Wysocki believes that numbers are likely credited to alumni and family members that are coming to town for the holidays. People can get applications and more information.

“People are getting together for the holidays; it's a fun thing [to do] in the morning,” said Wysocki.

There will be baked goods at the race to add to the festivity of the day. There will also be goodie bags prepared for participants. The committee has been asking for donations from local businesses.

“I'm happy that the costs are down and that we should have a good outcome,” said Wysocki, stating that the committee tried to keep the costs at a minimal.

Some of the expenses include the cost of timing clock, trophies and metals.

This event is made possible by a network of folks within the general post prom committee. The awareness and funds raised by this race will benefit the Boyertown post-prom party.

According to Wysocki, the purpose of post prom is to keep students from having private parties with potential access to drugs and alcohol. Boyertown post prom party at midnight and will run until 5 a.m. at the high school. The event will include a promenade to introduce couples.

Wysocki says her family is always looking for 5K races to do together. In addition to herself, Wysocki's husband and two daughters will be participating in the Thanksgiving Day event.

In terms of the future, she's hoping the race can become an annual event.

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