Turkey Trot to Start an Hour Earlier

The 37th annual Alexandria Turkey Trot will begin at 9 a.m. this year in an effort to alleviate Thanksgiving traffic.

The 2012 Alexandria Turkey Trot will start at 9 a.m. on Nov. 22, an hour earlier than in previous years.

John Reynolds, the race coordinator with the Del Ray Business Association, said the earlier start time should help alleviate Thanksgiving traffic by getting roads in Del Ray and Rosemont reopened before noon.

The 5-mile race, now in its 37th year, is presented by the DRBA and DC Road Runners. The event is the DRBA’s biggest fundraiser of the year. More than 4,600 runners registered for the 2011 race.

This year’s trot will begin and end at George Washington Middle School for the second straight year. Both the starting and finish lines will be on Mt. Vernon Avenue in front of the school.

For more information on the course, see the attached PDF file on the right.

Online race registration is currently open. Check out Patch's story on registration or visit the Alexandria Turkey Trot website for more details.

Registrants have the option of making a donation to race benefactor ALIVE!, a nonprofit organization consisting of volunteers from more than 40 religious congregations and community groups working to help Alexandrians in need.

This year’s race will once again have special fields for runners with strollers and runners with leashed dogs.

Kim Moore September 28, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I did not receive a flier last year (my house is directly across front of the race's start/stop point) but No Parking signs were posted a few days prior.
Chalkley October 01, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Thanks for your compliment and suggestion. Unfortunately even if I wanted to volunteer, your suggestion is impossible for simple logistical reasons. The only effective way would be to mail them, that is the way most official notices are delivered anyway. I imagine it would save a lot of leg work and time, as well.
Joseph M. October 01, 2012 at 04:45 PM
What's logistically impossible about hanging a flyer on an apartment door? Chinese take-outs have figured it out... Mailing=$$
Vicki October 01, 2012 at 06:49 PM
For those of you who have not received flyers -- just put it on your calendar right before "cook the sweet potatoes." Happens every year on the same day. You've been notified.
McBrinn October 01, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Great advice Vicki! Now how will you notify the remaining 96.8% of Alexandrians who don't read this blog?


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