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Turkey Trot 5K race to benefit Elks Aidmore

Elks Aidmore Children's Center will host its 13th annual Turkey Trot 5K run and 1-mile walk Saturday, Nov. 19, to raise funds for continuing its programs to assist youth and their families in crisis.

The trail run take place on Elks Aidmore's campus, located at at 2394 Morrison Road in Conyers. Registration and sign in will begin at 8 a.m. The 5K will begin at 9 a.m. followed by the 1-mile fun run, or "Tot Trot," at 9:20 a.m.

"Our Turkey Trot has become a local tradition here in Conyers," said Dawn Robinson Butler, director of development and communications. "Each year we retain -- I'd say about 85 percent of our runners."

This year, Butler said Elks Aidmore hopes to increase participation to raise awareness and fundraising for the organization.

Elks Aidmore provides both residential and nonresidential services to children and families of the foster care system.

The organization recently expanded its programs to serve 90 children and families and have plans to open a satellite office in Valdosta, Ga. in 2012.

"This is the first year we've reached out for grant funding," Butler said. "With the expansion of services, we are now marketing our programs more than we have in the past."

Butler said Elks Aidmore is challenging the community to "15 registrations a day" leading up to the Turkey Trot.

"Last year we averaged around 175. This year we're hoping to have 250 people," Butler said. "I know that's not a large goal, but we are really trying to grow the event."

Registration fees are $20 and $10 for children 8 and under before Nov. 19, and $25 and $15 the day of the race. People may also register as "ghost runners" for $15 -- no running or walking required.

Registration forms and general information about Elks Aidmore can be found at www.elksaidmore.com.