B'ville: 40th Kiwanis Turkey Day Race

Join hundreds of people for a run this Thursday.

"[The Kiwanis Turkey Day Race] is a fun thing to do Thanksgiving morning and it's a tradition for a lot of people," said Baldwinsville Kiwanis member Fred Rood. "We have entire families that participate including relatives who come to visit from out of town. They all come down to run in the morning."

More than 800 individuals from 15 different states worked up an appetite during last year's Thanksgiving Day race. Organizers hope to increase those numbers this year as they celebrate the fundraiser's 40th year in operation.

"We're proud we have been able to do this for 40 years," Rood said. "In the past two years we have really made an effort to grow."

While pre-registration is complete, those wishing to participate can register beginning at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the Baker High School cafeteria. There are three different runs: the half-mile kids fun race (8:30 a.m.), which is free this year, the 5K (9 a.m.) and the 10K (9:45 a.m.), all beginning at Baker High School. Water and snacks are available to runners after the race.

Race results will be posted at baldwinsvillekiwanis.com and trophies will be awarded to both men and women placing first, second and third place in the 5K and 10K races. For more information, visit baldwinsvillekiwanis.com.

"This is a great opportunity to get out, enjoy Thanksgiving morning and support a good cause," Rood said.

Proceeds from the race benefit local children's projects including Kamp Kiwanis, toys for the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau, Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce's Kids Fishing Derby, scholarships for the Baldwinsville Community Scholarship Foundation and more.

"We try to keep [our donations] local and youth oriented," Rood said. "This year, we were able to send 15 kids to Kamp Kiwanis, a camp for children with special needs located in Rome, for a week each."

In addition to raising money to support local youth projects, the Kiwanis are also partnering with the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau to collect food and clothing for needy families in the area.

"We're asking participants and spectators to bring a donation of canned foods," Rood said.

Runners and spectators can bring donations to Baker High School. From 8 to 11 a.m., community members can bring donations to Word Of Life on E. Oneida Street.

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