Seventh Annual Chatham Turkey Trot

Monday, November 30th, 2015
Turkey Trot

This past Thanksgiving, the seventh annual Chatham Turkey Trot 5K and Family Fun Run took place in the Highlands neighborhood of Chatham. At 8:00 am hundreds of families came out with holiday cheer, all dressed in their warmest running apparel ready to conquer the hills of the neighborhood. The event’s purpose is to raise money for Chatham Township’s fire department and the Diabetes Research Institution.


Turkey Trot
In the 2015 run, over nine-hundred fifty runners registered raising over $24,000, making this year the most successful one yet. The one mile family fun run costed $15 a person while the 5K costed $20 a person. Any person is welcome to join either event, no matter their age or running ability. Curt Ritter, President of Chatham Turkey trot said, “Over the years, the Chatham Turkey Trot has become a family holiday tradition that offers expert and novice runners alike the opportunity to spend time with family and friends, raise funds for two great organizations and break a sweat before the big meal.”

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Throughout the seven years that it has been around, the Turkey Trot has raised over $60,000 for Chatham’s Fire Department and Diabetes Institution. It is crazy to think that in the first year of the event, 2009, there were only seven runners to begin with. Fast forward six years and that number increased by about a thousand. Every year the event seems to get bigger and bigger, with residents from throughout the whole county coming to join. The run has become a staple event for all Chatham residents to look forward to. All in all, the 2015 Chatham Turkey Trot was a huge success and a very fun time bringing together the whole community for a great cause.