Now twenty-two years in the running, the GRPS Turkey Trot 5K is a collaboration between the Grand Rapids Public Schools and the City of Grand Rapids. Proceeds from the event benefit the GRPS Athletics Program. The Turkey Trot is a tradition for many in the Grand Rapids area, and it’s a great way to “pre-burn” the Thanksgiving calories. Team N3kk1d captain Sloth has run the 5K for several years now and has watched the event grow each year: 2013 boasted more than 2,000 participants from over 25 states!
It was good to be back downtown on a crisp but beautiful Thanksgiving morning
Runners swing into the Van Andel Arena for check-in
The place was packed!
With a race start at 8am, last-minute scurrying is fairly typical at the Turkey Trot
Upstairs for bibs and tags…
As usual, the “day of race” sign-up tables were busy
Participants and families head outside for the start
Let’s wake up, people!
On your marks… get set…
And they’re off down Fulton!
Heading north out of downtown…
For those out-of-towners, the route showcases the riverside area and beautiful bridges
Still looking lively at almost 1.5 miles
There’s some smiles!
Chugging up toward Bridge Street…
Through Ab-Nab-Awen Park…
We made it! High five!
A true “arena-sized” finish
Runners line up for snacks and refreshments
The 5K Run/Walk was swiftly followed by a 1K “Mini-Trot” for the wee ones
VIDEO: Sloth’s trusty iPhone captured the event… even while running into the finish!