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A Change of Course for the Alexandria Turkey Trot

This year's Thanksgiving Day race will begin and end at George Washington Middle School.

The Alexandria Turkey Trot is going in a new direction this year.

After 35 years of starting and finishing the race in front of , the 36th incarnation of the Thanksgiving Day run will begin and finish at .

The new location makes the region’s largest Turkey Day race more Metro accessible.

“This will allow hundreds, if not thousands of racers to leave the car at home and give access to the race to many more runners,” said Jill Erber, Del Ray Business Association race chair and owner of .

The 5-mile course has also been adjusted for a better runner experience. In the past, there have been a few bottlenecks because of the size of the field. Organizers with the DC Road Runners Club, which coordinates the race with the DRBA, expect faster finishing times as a result of the changes.

To view the course map, click here (.pdf) or see the attachment on the right.

Like last year, the race—which begins at 10 a.m. on Nov. 24—will include a “Roll With It, Baby” stroller race and a “Tails Wagging” dog dash.

Last year, the addition of the stroller field . Several participants said it’s difficult to find races in the region that allow them in a competitive field.

The race drew more than 4,200 participants in 2010. Organizers are expecting more than 5,000 this year.

Race registration is currently open on the Turkey Trot website. Online registration will be available until Nov. 22. In-person registration will be available for a limited time the morning of the race.

A portion of the proceeds from the race will benefit ALIVE!, which assists the needs of the less fortunate across Alexandria. Runners are also asked to bring two nonperishable food items for donation on race day.

Last year, participants donated more than 50 boxes of food to ALIVE!

For a complete list of race sponsors, click here.

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