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11:03 AM Mon, Dec. 10th

Prescott Turkey Trot returns after year absence

After a year away, the annual Prescott Turkey Trot 8K and Two-Mile Fun Run returns for the event’s 10th year.

New this year is the location change to the Jan Alfano and Embry-Riddle trail system at Jim McCasland Willow Creek Park, said organizer Walter Burcham.

“We’re on a trail now instead of running through city streets,” Burcham said.

It begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 with pre-race registration starting at 8 a.m. The cost is $10 per person or $10 worth of food with all proceeds going to the Yavapai Food Bank. There will be music playing as well.

The run has been growing consistently over the years and at the last run, there were about 110 to 115 people participating, Burcham said.

“Coming in a new location and missing last year, we’re hoping to re-attract the same amount this year,” he said. “We’ve been averaging probably about close to 500 lbs. of food coming from each event plus some money on top of that because people will bring $10 plus some food.”

Last year, Burcham said he got a picture of the effect the event has on the community. After canceling it, he heard a radio interview with the director of the Yavapai Food Bank who said they were missing what’s usually generated from the Prescott Turkey Trot, he said.

Following the run, Gabby’s Grill is offering a pancake breakfast that is free to all participants and $5 for non-participants.

Jim McCasland Willow Creek Park is located at 3181 Willow Creek Road. For more information about the Prescott Turkey Trot 8K and Two-Mile Fun Run, visit www.runprescott.com.