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The Turkey Trot is Springfield’s largest 5k run/walk of the year and Missouri’s largest Thanksgiving day 5k. The Turkey Trot is a great way to burn off calories before the Thanksgiving meal where the average person eats 3,000 calories or more. People also wear Thanksgiving day costumes from festive hats to full on turkey costumes. This race has more than 7,000 people participating every year.

Ozarks Food Harvest serves charities who solve hunger in southwest Missouri and the Turkey Trot is the biggest one-day food drive of the year for Ozarks Food Harvest. Last year they donated over 6,500 meals. Also all of the proceeds from the event go to Springfield-Greene County Park Board, a scholarship fund, and the Developmental Center of the Ozarks.

Katie Wells, a ninth grader at Ozark Junior High, ran in the Turkey Trot this year. She loves running this race for fun and it has been a tradition in her family since she was in second grade. She goes with all of her family and best friends. This year she ran with her sister.

Wells says, “I loved running with my sister this year it was a really good bonding experience.”    

Also a fellow runner, Jennie Roland, ran the Turkey Trot this year, too. She ran with her 11 year old son Landon Roland with a time of 46 minutes. Her favorite part was having fun with her family and friends.

Roland states, “ This has only been our second year running in the Turkey Trot, but we have now it into our new tradition.”


The runners are off as the 23rd annual Turkey Trot begins.

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