Thousands begin Thanksgiving morning running in annual turkey trot Bailey Blaikie '19

A day off from school usually means sleeping in and enjoying the time off, especially on Thanksgiving. But, for thousands in Fairfield County, Thanksgiving morning means one thing: The Turkey Trot.

The annual Pequot Runners Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5 mile road race took place on Nov. 22 in Southport, Connecticut at 8:15 a.m. Runners began near the Pequot Library in Southport and finished at the Wakeman Boys and Girls club. There was also a walking route that was 2.6 miles.

The police escort the beginning of the race to close off the roads near the Greens Farms train station.

There were around 2,500 participants this year who came out to run on Thanksgiving morning. Maya Wofsy '21, faced the frigid temperatures to participate in the race. "I think it was great because it brought the community together," Wofsy said. "It was a great way to start our Thanksgiving as a family." Wofsy's parents and sister also joined her in the race.

Runners approach mile three near the greens farms train station. Right under the bridge there was a water station for runners to refuel. The route passes through Beachside Avenue, which is known for being a very scenic road.

Some runners chose to wear generic running outfits, while some got into the Thanksgiving theme and wore turkey hats or costumes during the race.

Runners stop for a moment during their run to grab water or run by friends and family cheering them on.

The fastest time of the race was 25:03, completed by Henry Wynne. Times ranged from 25:03 to 1:39:29.

Despite the below freezing temperatures on Thanksgiving morning, runners from all over Fairfield county came out to run on turkey day.

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