Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5k

PRIZES AWARDED* FOR:
  • BEST COSTUME
  • MOST CREATIVE
  • BEST DRESSED FAMILY/GROUP

Details for the annual Warwick Rotary Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot for 2021 coming soon!

We understand that many of you were hoping for an in-person Trot and we would have had it, if we could do it safely. We know that Thanksgiving will look differently for many of you this year but we are excited that we can bring you your Turkey Trot in a new format. Since we understand your tradition may be disrupted we have provided some flexibility for you.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

GOLD Sponsors

“RUN/WALK FOR THOSE IN NEED”
A FAMILY & FRIENDS
THANKSGIVING DAY TRADITION!

Adults $20 | Students (ages 6-17) $15 | Child (age 5 & under) Free | Family (2 adults + 2 students) $50

To Benefit: The Rhode Island Critical Incident Stress Management TEAM, The Westbay Marketplace Food Pantry, and the Warwick Rotary Charity Fund

Commemorative T-shirts* will be given to all participants registered by November 8, 2020. Participants may pick up their shirt(s) at a predetermined time and location in Warwick, RI or they can cover the shipping cost and they will be mailed to your doorstep.

*Put on your best Thanksgiving Trot outfit and take a picture! Email it to WarwickRotaryTurkeyTrot@gmail.com or post it on Instagram. Photos must be received|posted by 12:00 PM on November 29, 2020 to be entered in the contest. Winners will be notified on Monday, November 30, 2020 and posted on Facebook and Instagram.

History

The Warwick Rotary Club held its 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. To see who The Trot is benefiting this year Click the Register Now Button. The Trot has become a family friendly Thanksgiving Day Tradition for many in our community.

2019 Turkey Trot Facts

379 walkers/runners

619 pounds of food collected and donated to the Westbay Marketplace Food Pantry

This year the Trot earned $7500 from registration fees and corporate sponsorships. $3750 was donated to Kent County YMCA. The remaining $3750 went to Warwick Rotary Charity. During the past year Warwick Rotary Charity has supported Elizabeth Buffin Chase House, Bridgemark Addiction Recovery Services., Thrive Behavioral Health, Warwick Boys and Girls Clubs and college scholarships for graduating Warwick seniors, in addition to other local charities.

22 Rotary members and 2 non-Rotarians volunteered their time.

Weather: Light rain during set-up, but dry and clearing skies as the race progressed. Temperature was in the mid 30’s.

Winners of the Costume Contest

  • Best Dressed: Michelle Farrow Rudolph Reindeer, $50 gift certificate
  • Best Dressed Family or Group: Pilgrim Cross Country Team, $75 gift certificate
  • Most Creative: Janet from Greenwood Credit Union, G-Force, $50 gift certificate

2018 Turkey Trot Facts

225 walkers/runners
360 pounds of non-perishable food collected and donated to Westbay Marketplace Food Pantry Proceeds
$3360 was collected with $2000 donated Westbay Farm to purchase a tractor. The remaining funds were given to the Warwick Rotary Charity Fund.
18 Rotary members and 2 non-Rotarians volunteered their time.
Weather: Mostly sunny skies. Temperature at the start was 17 degrees with a wind chill of 3 degrees. The cold temperature and winds of 25-35 mph made this years Trot one of the most challenging in our history. Despite the cold, spirits were high and everyone enjoyed the run. There were no reports of injuries or frostbite reported.

Winners of the Costume Contest

Best Costume: Michelle Farrow ($75 gift certificate to Uno’s Restaurant)
Most Creative: Eric Egge ($75 gift certificate to Cassarino’s Restaurant)
Best Dressed Family or Group: Keaney Bayha and Marin Preste ($75 gift certificate to Jade Garden)

2017 Turkey Trot Facts

391 walkers/runners
648 pounds of non-perishable food collected and donated to Westbay Marketplace Food Pantry Proceeds
$3800 was divided equally between the Warwick Rotary Charity Fund and K.E.E.P. (Kent Employees Emergency Progam)
18 Rotary volunteers and two other volunteers.
Seasonable with sunny skies.

2017 Winners of the Costume Contest

Best Costume: Jessica and Madelynn Iozzi ($50 gift card to Not Your Average Joe’s)
Most Creative: The Lyman’s Terry and Jacqui Lyman, Linda Norman-Lyman, Nicholas Blackman, Sahara the dog ($50 gift card to Sophia’s Restuarant)
Best Dressed Family or Group: Mary, Kathryn and Stephen Quinn ($75 gift card to On the Border)

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.

*This year’s T-shirt design and size will only be guaranteed for registrations received and paid by November 8, 2020.  All other participants will receive T-shirts from last year’s Trot.  Shirts must be picked up at a predetermined time and location in Warwick, RI or participants can cover the cost of shipping and they will be dropped at your doorstep.