Legs and thighs hit the road, again

Miamisburg’s Turkey Trot tradition lives on

By Katie Fender

Photo: The Miamisburg Turkey Trot begins at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 27 in downtown Miamisburg; photo: Tim McDaniel

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means it’s officially the start of the holiday season. Friends and family are coming home to celebrate, with turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie to be consumed by the pound. Since the holiday season has officially begun, it’s time to start worrying about putting on holiday weight again, but the town of Miamisburg is here for support.

For three decades, Miamisburg has been making locals feel a little less guilty about the food coma that is inevitable after Thanksgiving dinner – with the Turkey Trot race. This year, the Ohio River Road Runners Club is collaborating with the City of Miamisburg to host the Turkey Trot in downtown Miamisburg.

This marks the 36th anniversary of the Turkey Trot, one of the most anticipated events of the year in the Miami Valley area. Locals of Miamisburg and family visiting for the holiday happily wake up early to participate in this event that has become such a tradition for the people of the town.

The race begins at 8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 27, at the intersection of Main Street and Linden Avenue. It ends in Riverfront Park, approximately one block from the start.

This tradition started in downtown Miamisburg a little over 30 years ago. After about five years, in 1984, it was taken over by the Ohio River Road Runners Club. Since then, the club has continued to host this tradition, encouraging the Miami Valley to stay active.

In addition to the Turkey Trot, the Ohio River Road Runners Club puts on about 40 races a year – most of which are free or require a very reduced registration fee. However, the Turkey Trot is definitely the big event of the year as it helps fund the other races.

The Ohio River Road Runners Club is a nonprofit club that has been around since 1966. As one of the largest clubs in the nation, they are also members of the national RRCA. The club prides itself on its strong dedication to promoting, running and supporting the local running community. The Ohio River Road Runners Club is also 100 percent volunteer-run, as is the Turkey Trot in Miamisburg.

Greg Bell, co-director of the Turkey Trot, believes this race remains a tradition because of the loyalty of the people of Miamisburg to their hometown. “Miamisburg is one of those towns people tend not to get too far away from or tend to come back to,” he said. “We’ve had people from 42 states, and most of those people are from this area and coming back here for the holidays. It’s really just people wanting to get back together.

According to Bell, just looking at the registration for the event clearly indicates how family-oriented the race is. “We keep track of registration,” Bell explained. “Very rarely do you see one registration. It’s usually several people from the same family.” Bell noted there are often seven or more names within the same family. “It’s generations of the same family that come out,” Bell said.

Although the Turkey Trot has become such a traditional part of Thanksgiving Day, the organizers make sure participants are home in time for the holiday dinner. Set-up for the race starts early, at 6 a.m., but, according to Bell, by 10:30 a.m., the town won’t even know they were there. “People don’t really stick around,” Bell said. “Everyone goes home and eats turkey.”

Bell is co-directing the race with Margaret Hurley, and the organizers expect around 10,000 participants this year. “Last year we had around 9,100 timed finishers,” Bell said.

This year, the race has a new course in downtown Miamisburg. “Everything is going to take place in an 8,000-square-foot tent downtown, right on Miami Avenue,” Bell said. The new course is also a loop that includes a railroad crossing and an uphill section.

The Turkey Trot begins downtown and there are two races: a five-mile run and a one-mile walk for families and kids. “There are a handful of kids that also do the five-mile run,” Bell said. Whichever race participants choose to do, Bell explained he and the Ohio River Road Runners Club are really just there to “promote fitness.”

The Miamisburg Turkey Trot begins at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 27 at the intersection of Main Street and Linden Avenue. For registration and more information, please visit orrrcturkeytrot.com.

Reach DCP freelance writer Page Katie Fender at Page KatieFender@DaytonCityPaper.com.PageThanksgiving is just around the corner, which means it’s officially the start of the holiday season. Friends and family are coming home to celebrate, with turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie to be consumed by the pound. Since the holiday season has officially begun, it’s time to start worrying about putting on holiday weight again, but the town of Miamisburg is here for support.

For three decades, Miamisburg has been making locals feel a little less guilty about the food coma that is inevitable after Thanksgiving dinner – with the Turkey Trot race. This year, the Ohio River Road Runners Club is collaborating with the City of Miamisburg to host the Turkey Trot in downtown Miamisburg.

This marks the 36th anniversary of the Turkey Trot, one of the most anticipated events of the year in the Miami Valley area. Locals of Miamisburg and family visiting for the holiday happily wake up early to participate in this event that has become such a tradition for the people of the town.

The race begins at 8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 27, at the intersection of Main Street and Linden Avenue. It ends in Riverfront Park, approximately one block from the start.

This tradition started in downtown Miamisburg a little over 30 years ago. After about five years, in 1984, it was taken over by the Ohio River Road Runners Club. Since then, the club has continued to host this tradition, encouraging the Miami Valley to stay active.

In addition to the Turkey Trot, the Ohio River Road Runners Club puts on about 40 races a year – most of which are free or require a very reduced registration fee. However, the Turkey Trot is definitely the big event of the year as it helps fund the other races.

The Ohio River Road Runners Club is a nonprofit club that has been around since 1966. As one of the largest clubs in the nation, they are also members of the national RRCA. The club prides itself on its strong dedication to promoting, running and supporting the local running community. The Ohio River Road Runners Club is also 100 percent volunteer-run, as is the Turkey Trot in Miamisburg.

Greg Bell, co-director of the Turkey Trot, believes this race remains a tradition because of the loyalty of the people of Miamisburg to their hometown. “Miamisburg is one of those towns people tend not to get too far away from or tend to come back to,” he said. “We’ve had people from 42 states, and most of those people are from this area and coming back here for the holidays. It’s really just people wanting to get back together.

According to Bell, just looking at the registration for the event clearly indicates how family-oriented the race is. “We keep track of registration,” Bell explained. “Very rarely do you see one registration. It’s usually several people from the same family.” Bell noted there are often seven or more names within the same family. “It’s generations of the same family that come out,” Bell said.

Although the Turkey Trot has become such a traditional part of Thanksgiving Day, the organizers make sure participants are home in time for the holiday dinner. Set-up for the race starts early, at 6 a.m., but, according to Bell, by 10:30 a.m., the town won’t even know they were there. “People don’t really stick around,” Bell said. “Everyone goes home and eats turkey.”

Bell is co-directing the race with Margaret Hurley, and the organizers expect around 10,000 participants this year. “Last year we had around 9,100 timed finishers,” Bell said.

This year, the race has a new course in downtown Miamisburg. “Everything is going to take place in an 8,000-square-foot tent downtown, right on Miami Avenue,” Bell said. The new course is also a loop that includes a railroad crossing and an uphill section.

The Turkey Trot begins downtown and there are two races: a five-mile run and a one-mile walk for families and kids. “There are a handful of kids that also do the five-mile run,” Bell said. Whichever race participants choose to do, Bell explained he and the Ohio River Road Runners Club are really just there to “promote fitness.”

The Miamisburg Turkey Trot begins at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 27 at the intersection of Main Street and Linden Avenue. For registration and more information, please visit orrrcturkeytrot.com.

Reach DCP freelance writer Page Katie Fender at Page KatieFender@DaytonCityPaper.com.Page

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