It's time to announce the 5th Annual Turkey Trek, a 4-mile trail run in City Forest in Bangor, ME on Thanksgiving morning, November 24th. 8:00 am start. Entry fee is any non-perishable food donation. Read on.
My friend Susan and I, with support from our friend Christine, started the Turkey Trek 5 years ago because we wished there was a local run on Thanksgiving morning. Because it was on Thanksgiving morning, we also decided to make it into a collection of donations for a local food pantry. It started small and has grown each year and we are quite proud of it. Last year, in 2010, we had well over 100 hundred runners and walkers on a very brisk, beautiful Thanksgiving morning. We have donated many, many trunk-loads of food to Manna in Bangor.
We'd love to have you join us this year.
Please spread the word to friends and family. Please know the event is not technically a race. There are no bib numbers nor a timing system. It is a gathering of people for a run or a walk through the woods, and it will make you feel good, and you will go home happy and ready to cook up your Thanksgiving feast.
Even though it's not a real race, we do offer some incentive to run fast. The first 3 runners to cross the "finish line" will receive a homemade pie for your Thanksgiving feast. Susan and I bake the pies and our pies do not suck.
Most importantly, this event is a way for all of us to be thankful for our resources. After four years of donating to one food pantry in Bangor, we decided to change this year's beneficiary. This year's donations will go to the Good Shepherd Food Bank, a organization that services all 16 counties of Maine and provides food to more than 36,000 people per week. Their website also provides information and education about hunger in Maine, as well as a great blog about the work they do.
The following is from their website:
Why are people hungry?
Basically, there's no good reason for people in Maine to go hungry. There's plenty of food. The problem has always been overcoming the economic and political obstacles that prevent food from reaching those who need it. Ending hunger means solving these more systemic problems while, at the same time, doing everything we can on a daily basis to feed hungry people.
Many people are hungry because they get sick or injured, a spouse or parent dies, or they lose their job or are unable to work. Unfortunately, these bad breaks happen all the time to people in all socio-economic conditions, forcing them to make painful choices like whether to buy food to eat or pay their rent or other living expenses.
We are honored to provide support and donations for The Good Shepherd Food Bank this year. Please join us.
So, mark your calendars and spread the word. Meet us for an 8 am start in the Tripp Road parking lot of City Forest in Bangor, rain or shine. The run or walk is a 4-mile loop of trail. Hope to see you there!
By the way, the company Build-A-Sign donated that banner in the photo. They are awesome. And despite Skyler's footwear in the photo, we don't recommend that you try to roller skate the Turkey Trek.
I'll post more reminders here and on facebook.