YMCA to host Thanksgiving charity Turkey Trot

By Trey Watts / Special to The Delta

Salt Fork YMCA is having a 2 mile run to support the Saline County Holiday Project. The run is set to take place at 8 a.m. November 23 in front of the YMCA in Marshall.

The Holiday Project concentrates on providing food and toys to families who can’t afford them for themselves over the holidays. The Turkey Trot has been an annual event for over ten years according to Race Directer Lisa McComas from the YMCA. 

“The Turkey Trot starts at the Y and it’s a 2 mile, non-timed event. We run a mile out to the park and then turn around and come back.” McComas said. “Its pretty low key, it’s more to get people out and get them moving and that kind of thing.”

To register for the Turkey Trot, bring two canned goods to the Salt Fork YMCA before the race. 

Although McComas was never been able to run in the actual race, Missouri Valley College Assistant Director of Financial Aid Linze Hawkin has participated in prior years.

“The fee of the race is the only two canned goods and those canned goods go back into our community and help families in need,” Hawkins said. “It’s always important to give back, but especially around the holidays we need to take care of those in our community and make sure they have enough food for the holidays.”

Hawkins plans to participate in the Turkey Trot again this year saying, “It is a great way to support the Y and the community.” 

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