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Turkey Trot planned for Thanksgiving Day 


PITTSBURG, Kan. — A new Pittsburg tradition is in the making with a 5K Turkey Trot through downtown that begins at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24. 

“I want this to be a community thing,” said organizer Renato Pinto. “Adults, kids, strollers, and dogs are all welcome.” 

Pinto said several cities across the country host similar runs on or near Thanksgiving Day, including Joplin, Kansas City, and Lawrence. The Pittsburg Turkey Trot is free to anyone who wants to participate, but a T-shirt and medal can be purchased for $22 if runners want a memento of the event. 

“So far, about 20 have signed up,” Pinto said. “That’s just adults, not counting kids.” 

With only two months of planning, Pinto said this year’s event isn’t big, but he hopes people will turn out. He said he is planning more for next year’s event, with timed results and donations to local charities. 

This year’s course is an open course, meaning no streets will be blocked off to traffic. Next year, Pinto is planning a closed course. The route Pinto is planning begins at Block 22 and goes north toward the Farmers’ Market, where it will follow the Watco Trail to Fourth Street. From there, it runs east to Broadway before turning south toward Dominos on Jefferson. The final leg is north again on Broadway to Block 22. 

Pinto says this route is only tentative for now, but the final route will follow very closely, with minor adjustments possible. 

The Pittsburg Turkey Trot is not the only opportunity for avid runners. Pinto also belongs to a local running group, the Running Collective, that meets every Wednesday at 5:30 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. near the Gorilla Village on the Pittsburg State University campus. Group members can run or walk a course that is approximately 3.1 miles, or 5K. Pinto says the morning runs have about a dozen runners while the evening runs have between four and six. 

“We want to make the Turkey Trot a tradition in Pittsburg,” Pinto said. “We want it to be an incentive for people to be more active as a community.” 

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