The Family of New Paltz Turkey Trot is a 5K run and walk held annually Thanksgiving morning to support Family of New Paltz’s Food Pantry and Crisis Services. Building on the success of previous years, this year’s event will include prizes for best costumes, tee shirts for adults and children, and of course the famous Mashed Potato Fun Run, which is free for kids 12 and under. For the more serious runners, the 5K course will be certified by USATF this year, and will include chip timing. As part of the package provided by the chip-timing company, photos of individual runners crossing the finish line will be available for upload at no cost. Age groups this coming year will be in ten-year increments, and medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each age group, with separate awards for male and female.
Family of New Paltz is a crisis intervention center located in the heart of New Paltz since 1975. Family provides a myriad of services, including a 24 hour hotline and new textline, food pantry, free clothing store, counseling, support groups and multiple shelters for adults, adolescents and victims of domestic violence.
Volunteers are the heart and soul of the New Paltz Turkey Trot! All volunteers will receive a Turkey Trot t-shirt and refreshments. We need volunteers during the months leading up to Thanksgiving as well as at the run/walk on Thanksgiving Day. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.