On Thanksgiving morning, dozens of runners and walkers will hit the road to burn off some pre-turkey calories in what has become a Newark community tradition.
The annual 5-mile Newark Turkey Day Race starts at 9 a.m. on Nov. 28 in front of Central Park on South Main Street in the village. Registration and packet pick-up opens at 8 a.m. at the Alex Eligh Community Center, 303 East Ave.
The first 125 registrants will receive a long-sleeve technical shirt. The race will feature electronic timing by Yen Timing and awards will go to the top age group finishers.
Wayne County Dairy Princess Natalie Vernon and her court will be on-hand to pass out chocolate milk near the finish.
The race is hosted by the Newark Cross-Country Booster Club, and serves as a major fundraiser for the school district’s modified and varsity teams. Proceeds helped the teams purchase warm-ups for athletes in 2018 and funded annual trips to a large national meet.
Earlier this year, the varsity team competed against some of the top runners in the Northeast at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. While in Virginia, the team visited Colonial Williamsburg and other historic sites, led by head coach and retired teacher Joe Contario.
Local businesses and individuals are donating prizes for the post-race raffle, which is open to spectators and participants.
Advanced registration is $25, $20 for students; visit bit.ly/375lmne to register. Runners can sign up at the Community Center on Nov. 28 for $30. Email khughes@rochester.rr.com for information.