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Those who need to express their fitness desire and get out before indulging in a Thanksgiving feast are already preparing. If you’re not a “fit club” member, don’t worry about stepping out of your comfort zone – you can still participate on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 24, at 17th Annual Turkey Trot 5K in Johnson City!

It doesn’t matter if you’re in no condition to complete the 5 mile course, riding the 3.1 mile loop from downtown Johnson City. Lots of people walking, jogging, running and others doing a bit of everything – no bullying there! Many people even like to get wrapped up in Thanksgiving attire for the event.

“It’s a tradition for our community. The Turkey Trot kicks off the holiday season in the best way – with friends, family and a healthy pre-party run or walk. – Jenny Brock, Race Chair

Let the race begin!

The race starts at 8:30 a.m. near the Memorial Park Community Center and progresses towards the city center, ending at TVA Credit Union Baseball Stadium. Turkey trotters of any skill level can get in on the action. It doesn’t matter if the participant is a competitive runner, weekend runner, walker, jogger, stroller, dog walker or anywhere in between. Attendees may enter using wheelchairs, handcycles and other mobility aids. The event is meant to be all-inclusive, regardless of your age or ability.

You can online, just use the link here. The entry fee for the race is $25. The prize includes a shirt and a medal. Families of five or more are eligible for reduced admission prices. Everyone must register before the day of the event, as they do not accept registrations on the day of the event.

Participants can pick up their package with t-shirt and bib at Memorial Park Community Center on Tuesday, November 22 (12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) or Wednesday, November 23 (10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.).

The 17th Annual Turkey Trot is presented by Up & at ‘Em, Inc. The event allows the organization to award the top three schools up to $3,500. since Turkey Trot’s inception, Up & at ‘Em, Inc. has awarded $50,000 to area schools. The organization was able to donate over $200,000 to local organizations that promote health, wellness and quality of life.

You can find more information, including the route map, on their website at