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15th annual Turkey Trot cross country race set for Nov. 23

Event to benefit Elks Aidmore

CONYERS — If you’d like to shape up a bit before gobbling up a Thanksgiving feast, the annual Elks Aidmore 5K Turkey Trot and 1-mile Turkey Tot Trot might be just the thing.

The 15th annual cross country 5K and 1-mile run will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, to benefit children in foster care, most of whom are victims of domestic violence.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the 5K kicking off at 9 a.m. and the 1-mile run at 9:20 a.m. Fees are $10 for runners age 7 and under and $20 for runners age 8 and older until race day. Fees are $5 more on race day. Long sleeved T-shirts are guaranteed to all pre-registered runners and on day of the race while supplies last.

The event is an “off-the-road” race using a combination of paved roads and wooded paths. The 5K run is billed as a challenge to both beginner and advanced cross country runners.

According to organizers, the event usually draws about 300 participants, with trophies in the 5K to the overall male and female finisher, the overall male and female master, and the top three (male and female) in the following age groups: 7 and under, 8-10, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over. All participants in the 1-mile run receive a race ribbon. Special prizes will be awarded for youngest runner, oldest runner, families with most members and families with most generations.

Runners who can’t make it to the race but who would still like to help out can register as a “ghost runner” for $15 and receive a race T-shirt.

To register online, go to http://beta.active.com/conyers-ga/running/elks-aidmore-turkey-trot-2013. For more information, contact Abe Wilkinson at 770-483-3535.

The mission of Elks Aidmore Inc. is to provide youth and families in crisis with the necessary skills and resources to help heal their hearts, restore their hopes and rebuild their lives, according to the website. Elks Aidmore has provided services to Georgia’s children for more than eight decades.