Prince Frederick, MD – It has become a Calvert County Thanksgiving Day tradition. The Seventh annual Turkey Trot, a five-kilometer (5K) race for the benefit of Project ECHO gives individuals with gluttony on their minds a chance to work up a hearty appetite and earn their place at the Thanksgiving dining table. The race will be held Thursday morning, Nov. 22, starting and finishing at The Arc of Southern Maryland, 355 West Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick. Same-day registration will begin at 6 a.m. and 5K runners and walkers will be turned loose at the starting line at 7 a.m.

“We have over 650 people registered right now,” Project ECHO Development Director Teressa Beavers told “We expect another 100 between those registering in person at the shelter and those that register the morning of the race. We have eight shelter residents participating this year too which will be the most we’ve ever had!”

Some things you should know before you go to the Turkey Trot

Parking is available at Calvert Village Shopping Center located across the intersection from the Arc.

A “yoga warm-up” and “post-run stretch” will be provided by Beth Leonini of Yoga and Wellness For All.

Complimentary light refreshments will be available before and after the race courtesy of Mid-Atlantic Culligan. This will NOT be a substitute for Thanksgiving supper.

An awards ceremony will take place after the race. Race results will be subsequently posted on the Project ECHO web site once they are available from BluePoint Timing.

Speaking of timing, it’s very important. Last year’s first place runner bested the second-place runner by a small fraction of a second (0.1).

True, Thursday’s current forecast calls for rather cold temperatures. However, it might actually be warmer than last year. When the 2017 race started, the temperature was below 30 degrees.

Love Thanksgiving but still wish it was Halloween? The Turkey Trot is also a costume party for many of its participants. Some dress up as pilgrims, turkeys or Native Americans. Others wear feathers or turkey hats.

The 5K course is mostly on Prince Frederick Boulevard and there will be some steep portions of the roadway to negotiate. Thanks to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, you will not have to dodge traffic.

Beavers said a live deejay with a loud sound system will be at the race “so that everyone can hear what’s going on.” The race has some new sponsors this year: Solomons Yachting Center, Crow Entertainment, Mike’s Works Landscaping, Ad Options, SMECO, Avan Smith Photography, Wattz Web Design & Marketing, Yoga & Wellness For All, Mid-Atlantic Culligan and The Arc of Southern Maryland.

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