Looking for a super-fun family activity to kick off your Thanksgiving festivities? Concerned about hunger in your community and not sure how you can help? Head to beautiful Granville for the annual Granville Turkey Trot, a 5K run/walk through the center of town. All proceeds go to the Food Pantry Network of Licking County. And you’ll get a kick out of the turkey costumes and community spirit that characterize this beloved community tradition.
The Granville Community Foundation is proud to serve as lead sponsor of the Annual Granville Turkey Trot, which is organized and hosted by the St Luke’s Episcopal Church. The Trot takes place Thanksgiving morning at 9:30AM. Just head to the center of town. You can’t miss it!
“It is truly a family event,” says volunteer coordinator Michele Layman.“Not only does it meet our mission of feeding the hungry, but it also promotes community spirit and wellness.”
Last year, the Granville Turkey Trot helped the Food Pantry purchase more than one million pounds of food. That means 4,439,058 pounds of food was served! With more than $520,000 raised since its inception, the Trot is the largest supporter of the Food Pantry.
Turkey Trot organizers anticipate roughly 2,500 runners/walkers, and even more supporters, filling the streets of Granville on Thanksgiving morning. It takes a lot of work to prepare for such a large community event. The Granville Turkey Trot is coordinated entirely by volunteers. In fact, it takes a planning committee of 12 and 180-200 volunteers to pull it off.
Importantly, sponsorship of the Granville Turkey Trot by the Granville Community Foundation and others plays a significant role, essentially covering organizing costs so that 100 percent of the Trot proceeds can be reserved for the Food Pantry Network. Granville Community Foundation, Vice President, Anne Weinberg adds “This event is a great example of bringing together community and inspiring philanthropy. It makes a lot of sense that our local community foundation would take a leadership support role.”
The Granville Community Foundation is also hosting the second annual Dress-Like-A-Turkey-For-A-Ham Contest. Winners will be selected from the crowd just prior to the race. Weinberg adds: “This event is super fun and the costume contest is a great way to recognize that community spirit.” Turkey-clad contestants should head up close to the stage. Winners will be selected and announced just prior to the race.
Community spirit. Feeding the hungry. Health and exercise. Adding to this list, Michele notes: “The benefit of participating is realizing how blessed we are to know we are going to have a great meal later that day…I always look forward to the spirit of the day, the joy of the people, and I always go home feeling grateful.”
Now that’s Granville gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!