Written by Alyssa Wilson, University of Lynchburg Bonner Intern
This year will mark the 35th Annual Lynchburg Turkey Trot 5K that HumanKind hosts from the front lawn of E.C. Glass High School, which has a boost of participation this year.
So far this year, HumanKind has over 2,500 in person race registrations. Runners are all ages from 88 years old to under a year old, anyone can participate in giving back through the race.
Each registration feeds two families, and leftover registration funds go towards feeding families through the December holidays and keeping HumanKind’s emergency household pantry stocked year round.
There is also a virtual race option for those who are not local; in the past this has included registrants from places as far as Canada and Spain.
Due to the high volume of participants, the organization is in high need of volunteers to help pack race bags starting Nov. 14 up until race day, which takes place on Thanksgiving, Nov. 23. Neighbors can volunteer with Turkey Trot Prep Work or as a Race Day Volunteer.
Food trucks and vendors will also be stationed at the race to provide runners with energy and nourishment post-race.
This year’s registration is capped at 3,650 participants but otherwise is open until race day.
Learn more about the Lynchburg Turkey Trot and how to get involved by visiting their SHARE Greater Lynchburg profile.