Need to work up an appetite for Thanksgiving? Sign up for the Baldwinsville Kiwanis Club's Turkey Day Races while helping to enhance the childhood experience for youth in the Baldwinsville area.
For 39 years, the Kiwanis Club has hosted the Thanksgiving Day races, which include a 10K, 5K and half-mile Kids Fun Run. And don't worry about missing your afternoon festivities -- the Kid Fun Run begins at 9 a.m., the 10K at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K at 9:45 a.m., leaving both cooks and travelers plenty of time to prepare or drive to enjoy their Thanksgiving feast. The best thing is proceeds from the race will help to send about 12 children to Kamp Kiwanis next summer.
Sign-up begins at 8 a.m. at C.W. Baker High School on the Baldwinsville Central School district campus with a $20 registration fee for the 5K and 10K (the first 700 entrants will receive a T-shirt) and $2 registration fee for the Kids Fun Run, which is for children 12 years old and younger. The 5K and 10K courses are USATF certified and a trophy and gift certificate will be awarded to the first female and male finisher from each race. Awards will also be given to the top three in each five-year age group and all finishers will receive a ribbon.
With a motto of "serving the children of the world," the Baldwinsville Kiwanis Club certainly lives up to its mission. Founded in 1929, the club sponsors many projects that benefit children including Toys for Tots and the Baldwinsville Fishing Derby that take place each year, not to mention the annual Turkey Day Race.
The Baldwinsville Kiwanis Club consists of 30 members and meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Mohegan Manor, 58 Oswego St. in the village. For more information, visit baldwinsvillekiwanis.com.
About Kamp Kiwanis
Located in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, Kamp Kiwanis is aimed at providing fun, physical exercise and adventure. It offers youth the chance to participate in a creative outdoor group experience in a friendly setting while developing characteristics of leadership and fair play. The program is designed to mainstream all children including up to 20 children with special needs each session in a non-competitive environment.
The camp operates during the summer months and also offers a one-week session for adults with developmental disabilities. For more information, visit kiwanis-ny.org/kamp.