TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Preparations are underway for the big holiday road race – the Turkey Trot.
It has become a Thanksgiving tradition in the Capital Region. Runners from all over converge on downtown Troy for the annual Turkey Trot.
About 7,000 people are expected to be in the Collar City for the 68th year of the race. Runners from as many as 36 states are expected to join in on the fun.
It is the 12th oldest road race in the country, and young and old, at all levels comes down on Thanksgiving morning and burn some calories before going home for a feast.
Runners are also helping two charities: Joseph’s House, which is a homeless shelter, and the Regional Food Bank.
“This is a day of thanks a day of giving,” event director George Regan said. “It’s a real family day and for those who are unfortunate not to have something to eat is a real tragedy, so the Regional Food Bank and Joseph’s House are just tremendous. They’ve been with us four years. They bring volunteers in. They’re just a great group.”
Participants are not required to run. The purpose of the race is to help others and have a good time, and anyone can bring a canned good to donate.