Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5k

The Warwick Rotary Club held it's first annual Thanksgiving Day 5K Turkey Trot in 2014 at Warwick City Park. Under the threat of an early Fall snow storm sixteen Rotary volunteers showed up at 6:30 AM to prepare for the 8:00 AM start of the Trot. Sixty participants ran or walked that first morning. Proceeds of $250 were distributed to Warwick's three high schools for the purpose of doing charitable works for their school communities. One hundred twenty-five pounds of non-perishable food was collected and donated to the Westbay Marketplace food pantry.

Each succeeding year has seen the Trot grow in scope and participation. Boy Scouts from local troops have joined with several dozen Rotarians to set-up, do registration, monitor parking and traffic and to monitor runners and walkers throughout the Park. A creative costume competition was added in the second year. Best dressed participant, best dressed family and most creative participants have added to the spirit of the event. Attendance has grown to number in the hundreds and proceeds of thousands of dollars have been donated to local charitable groups. The Trot has become a family friendly Thanksgiving Day Tradition for many in our community.

 

 

2016 Turkey Trot Facts
304 walkers/runners 461 pounds of non-perishable food collected and donated to Westbay Marketplace food pantry Proceeds of $1,575.00 were donated to Warwick Rotary Charity Fund which was used to supplement other funds for 125 Christmas food baskets donated to Westbay Marketplace food pantry. 25 Rotary volunteers, 13 Boy Scouts and troop leaders from Troop 1 Gaspee Weather:  Seasonable with sunny skies.

2015 Turkey Trot Facts
237 Walkers/runners 393 pounds of non-perishable food collected and donated to Westbay Marketplace food pantry Proceeds of $1,667.00 were donated to the Westbay Marketplace food pantry. 18 Rotary volunteers Weather:  Seasonally cool with bright skies.

2014  Turkey Trot Facts:
60 walker/runners 125 pounds of non-perishable food collected and donated to Westbay Marketplace food pantry Proceeds of $250 divided among Warwick Veterans, Pilgrim and Toll Gate High Schools to further charitable works within their respective school communities. 16 Rotary volunteers Weather:  Cold and overcast but no snow at the start.  Sun shining at the finish.