Turkey Day 5K, Family Fun Day set

The Turkey Day 5K & Family Fun Run will be held on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, starting promptly at 9 a.m.

Miles in Martinsville, under the auspices of the Martinsville-Henry County Family YMCA, is hosting the event that is open to runners and nonrunners alike.

Participants may pick up their packets with race bibs on Wednesday, Nov. 27 from noon until 6 p.m. at the YMCA, which is located at 3 Starling Avenue; and from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on race day at YMCA. Registration is also available at these times. Participants are encouraged to register online at www.milesinmartinsville.com.

The races start and finish at the YMCA at 2 Starling Ave, Martinsville. Runners will follow a course that includes the Silver Bell Trail, the Uptown Connection Trail and the streets of Uptown Martinsville. Many participants walk in the event. A course map with additional details is available online at www.milesinmartinsville.com

Thanksgiving is much about the tradition of returning to something familiar. Inherent in that celebration is families gathering from near and far to share thanks and to reconnect with roots.

The Turkey Day 5K mirrors that vibe, as families come to the Martinsville-Henry County YMCA and celebrate together by running, watching, cheering, hugging and laughing — all as a prelude to the Thanksgiving meal.

Nonrunners attend the event each Thanksgiving to spend time with runners who often include their sons and daughters, and grandsons and granddaughters. It is common see these familiar faces year after year, according to organizers. Proceeds benefit programs of the YMCA.

Miles in Martinsville conducts a series of seven races throughout the year, along with many community partners. Title sponsors for this event are SOVAH Health, Martinsville and Henry County and Friedrichs Family Eye Center Optometry.

Full details about the Turkey Day 5K & Family Fun Run, plus other Miles in Martinsville events, can be found online by visiting www.milesinmartinsville.com.


Pictured are Thanksgiving memories of past Turkey Day 5K & Family Fun Day events. This year’s event will be held on Thanksgiving Day. The run begins promptly at 9 a.m.


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