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Turkey Trot Runners Encouraged to Pick Up Race Packets Early

Participants are asked to bring two non-perishable food items for donation to ALIVE!

The 37th annual Alexandria Turkey Trot is set for a 9 a.m. start Thursday at George Washington Middle School, an hour earlier than previous years.

The 5-mile Thanksgiving Day race is sponsored and coordinated by the Del Ray Business Association and the DC Road Runners Club.

Online registration remains open until Tuesday. Preregistered runners are encouraged to pick up their race packets between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday at the George Washington gym. In-person registration will also be available on Wednesday night. Runners may also register in the middle school gym beginning at 7:30 a.m. the day of the race if spots remain available.

The race will once again have special fields for runners with strollers and runners with leashed dogs.

A portion of the proceeds from the race will benefit ALIVE!, a nonprofit organization consisting of volunteers from more than 40 religious congregations and community groups working to help Alexandrians in need.

Runners are asked to bring two non-perishable food items to the race for donation.

Realtor Jen Walker is the title sponsor of Thursday’s race.

"Jen Walker has been incredibly supportive of the race and of our neighborhood.  We could not imagine this Del Ray tradition without her sponsorship,” DRBA Turkey Trot Chairman John Reynolds said in a statement. 

Other sponsors include Carney, Inc., Jack Taylor’s Alexandria Toyota, Taqueria Poblano, Eye 2 Eye Optometry Corner, Radiance Medspa of Old Town, BB&T and R&B Heating and Air Conditioning. Del Ray Pizzeria will provide pizza for volunteers working on the race.

AHP November 23, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Susan and McBrinn - get real and get with it. As a member of the community, you've got a responsibility to make your own effort to be informed of happenings. It's nice that the race organizers drop off flyers, but it's a courtesy, not a necessity. Two actual necessities: being an informed resident and behaving with civility on the internet (I'm assuming you both are adults). John Womack - I think you sum up the sentiments of the rest of us, perfectly.
McBrinn November 23, 2012 at 10:00 PM
I wonder whether this John Womack is the same John Womack of of Shoup voting machines.Google him. He's notorious for bribery, perjury and fraud. He's lowlife scum. If that represents you well AHP, have at it. But I'm sure rest of the posters here would rather not be associated with such a low life.
Kim Moore November 25, 2012 at 11:08 PM
The Turkey Trot was a great day! We have incorporated it into our Thanksgiving tradition. While we do not run in it, we invite friends who are running in the race, to stop over before and after the race for snacks and coffee. This year, we set up a canopy and a table in our yard, deemed ourselves "Slacker HQ" and provided fresh fruit to enthusiastic participants afterward. A young woman from DC asked if we could give her a bag of ice for some muscle pain. We were happy to do so. She and her mom told us how nice everyone in DelRay is and were so glad that they decided to sign-up for the event. Moving our cars so that the event could start/stop in front of our house was not a problem. We look forward next year's Trot.
Lewis November 26, 2012 at 04:37 PM
McBrinn - yeah, you're probably right that THIS John Womack is the exact same John Womack who was the president of a voting machine company, in Tampa, FORTY YEARS AGO. I mean, what are the odds that two different people could have such a unique name? BTW, assuming THIS John Womack was involved in some type of scandal, either 40 years ago or 40 days ago, how would that affect the validity of anything he said? His comments seem to rely less on any personal credibility that he may or may not have but on what's known as "common sense".
Drew Hansen November 26, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I'm closing comments on this story. If you have any questions, email me at drewh@patch.com.

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