FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | NOVEMBER 22, 2016
Mayor Madden Announces Last Chance Registration and Security Expectations for 100th Anniversary Troy Turkey Trot
TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden today announced a few reminders to individuals who will be visiting the City of Troy for the 100th anniversary of the Troy Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24.
“The Turkey Trot is more than just a foot race. It’s an opportunity for residents and visitors alike to come and enjoy Troy while celebrating our rich heritage and holiday traditions,” said Mayor Patrick Madden. “We are very pleased to see this race come together and anticipate another fun, family-filled event that brings thousands of people to our City.”
“Entries are coming in very well right now and are expected to exceed 7,000 for our four events,” said Event Director George Regan. “There are more than 181 family teams registered for the 5K and registrants have donated more than $10,000 to our two charities, the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and Joseph’s House and Shelter.”
Although online registration for the Troy Turkey Trot closes Tuesday morning (Nov. 22), those still interested in registering for the 5K, 10K, Grade School Mile or Turkey Walk can sign up in person at last-chance registration (11/23) from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Troy Atrium located at 4 Third Street. Also, Turkey Walk registration will be taken on race morning (11/24) from 6-9.25 a.m. at the same location.
Ample, free event parking is available at a number of Front and River Street parking lots. A comprehensive map of Troy parking lots can be found on the City of Troy’s official website at http://www.troyny.gov/Departments/Parking.aspx.
Race Day Security
The Troy Police Department in conjunction with the Troy Turkey Trot race committee and the City of Troy has announced this year’s security measures in connection with the Trot. The announced security measures are designed to ensure the safety of all participants and spectators:
- Back packs will not be permitted.
- Costumes covering the face will not be permitted. Bulky costumes that may interfere with others are also prohibited.
- Runners’ bags should be safely secured in vehicles or checked at the Trot’s “baggage check” located in the Troy Atrium (4 Third Street). Before a bag will be accepted in “baggage check,” the contents of the bag must be opened for inspection. We encourage placing items into a clear plastic bag.
- Plastic bags will be available, while supplies last, at packet pick up on Sunday, Nov. 20 and Weds., Nov. 23.
- Spectators will not be allowed on the sidewalks adjacent to the start on Fourth Street between Fulton Street and Broadway.
- Spectators will not be allowed beyond the finish line. Please meet your runners in Monument Square after they exit the finish chute and proceed through participant refreshments.
Cooperation from participants and visitors is essential. Please help us provide a safe and pleasant environment for all at this venerable event. And remember, if you see something, say something!
About the Troy Turkey Trot
Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Troy Turkey Trot is the nation’s 11th largest turkey trot and 12th oldest road race, as well as the world’s 64th oldest road race. Drawing as many as 8,000 recreational runners and walkers from 37 states and featuring a 5K, 10K, Grade School Mile and Turkey Walk, the event is designed to celebrate fitness, families and tradition against a backdrop of some of Troy’s most historic neighborhoods. For more information, visit TroyTurkeyTrot.com.
John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
[email protected] / (518) 279-7131