(Nov. 16, 2018) The 11th annual Turkey Trot, second annual ThanksKitten Trot and inaugural Trash Trot offer healthy ways to get active before and after Thanksgiving dinner indulgences.

On the Maryland-Delaware border, for the 11th consecutive year, the Fenwick Island Turkey Trot will take place Thanksgiving morning at 8 a.m. on Lewes Street, oceanside. Participants will head south to the Maryland state line, turn around, and come back.

Families, children and leashed pets are welcome during the untimed, 2.2-mile fun run and walk, which raises money for the Brandywine Valley SPCA in Georgetown, Delaware. It is helping pets evacuated from animal shelters affected by hurricanes Florence and Michael.

Pets have been and are being transferred to the Brandywine Valley SPCA where they are being treated in hopes of eventually being adopted. 

“I had participated in a run in the Outer Banks [and] it was on Thanksgiving morning with my family,” Event Organizer Lori Martin said. “We really enjoyed it as a family event so I wanted to create something similar in our local area because most of the Turkey Trots run around here are run on Saturday.”

Last year, over 500 people participated in the run, and the event raised nearly $6,000 for the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and Roxana Volunteer Fire Company.

There is no charge to participate, but trotters are encouraged to make a donation. A limited supply of commemorative T-shirts will be available for purchase for $25.

Free parking will be available at Warren’s Station, Bethany Fenwick Chamber of Commerce and Pottery Place Perks Café in Sunshine Plaza, all on Route 1 in Fenwick Island.

Non-perishable food donations will also be collected at the Trot. These goods will be donated to Neighbors in Need.

Sponsorships are currently available at the $300 and $200 levels. Sponsors must provide signage.  Interested businesses should contact Martin at 302-539-1290 or email hipAHA@hotmail.com.

Another event returning this year is the “ThanksKitten Run,” which will take place at the Ocean Pines South Gate Pond Trail on Saturday, Nov. 24. The run will kick off at 9 a.m.

“ThanksKitten” will consist of three laps around the Ocean Pines South Gate Pond with exercise stations throughout each lap. Exercise stations are optional and participants can complete in one, two or three laps.

Three laps around the pond is approximately 2.5 miles. Families, children and pets on leashes are welcome.

“I’ve been involved with the Town Cats, a volunteer organization in the area, and trying to find a way for people and families to come out and support that organization, help bring awareness to what they do, and find something fun for that family to do around Thanksgiving in this area,” CrossFit Assateague Event Organizer Sandra Kerstetter said.

Last year, the event raised nearly $1,000 for Town Cats, and approximately 100 people participated. Kerstetter hopes that by changing the event from Thanksgiving morning to the Saturday after will draw more people.

“We had it on Thanksgiving morning last year and we had a ton of requests with people saying, ‘Oh, I have so much to do that day, I wish I could come, I wish it was a different day,’” Kerstetter said. “So, we thought this year to try it on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend when festivities are over, shopping is over on Friday, and now after all those bellies are full, we’ll give them something else to do to burn off some calories and have a good time.”

Town Cats, a local nonprofit, is dedicated to enriching the lives of free roaming, feral or abandoned cats in Ocean City and the surrounding communities by limiting population growth, and providing medical care and affordable adoption services.

Parking will be available at the Ocean Pines Library on Cathell Road.

Coordinators will be collecting kitten supplies such as clumping cat litter, Purina One kitten dry food and Friskies turkey pate canned cat food.

“Our goal is to create a fun family friendly event, that burns some calories Thanksgiving weekend and hopefully double the amount of money/supplies we raised for Town Cats last year,” Michelle Macia, manager of CrossFit Assateague, stated in a press release.

Registration starts at 8 a.m. in Veterans Memorial Park and costs $10 per person, or $5 for children 13 and older or with a cat supply donation. Children 12 and under can participate for free.

For more information or for a list of needed cat supplies, visit www.crossfitassateague.com, the CrossFit Assateague Facebook page or call Kerstetter at 443-944-2226 with any questions.

The Surfrider Foundation will introduce a new beach cleanup event the Friday after Thanksgiving known as the Turkey Day Trash Trot. Volunteers will meet at the amusement pier by the inlet parking lot at noon and clear up trash on the beach until 1 p.m.

“We do beach cleanups all the time,” Surfrider Volunteer Coordinator Malcolm Taylor said. “I’m down there with my family anyway, so I’ve always tried to convince them that it’s a good idea to help and basically combine my family activities with Surfrider. We typically go out for a walk anyways, so we might as well put our time to good use.”

Sponsored by Costa Sunglasses, one volunteer will have a chance to win a pair of recycled sunglasses worth approximately $150 and 10 volunteers will take home a Costa hat.

“It’s supposed to be fun and making the place that we all enjoy a little bit nicer,” Taylor said. “It’s an opportunity for people to come out and do something productive with their time and be out walking with their families [and] make people more aware of what we’re trying to do for the Ocean City community.”

Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle, gloves and buckets if readily available.

For more information, visit the Turkey Day Trash Trot Facebook page.

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