Arlington Turkey Trot
Founded by Christ Church of Arlington
November 26, 2015 - 8 a.m.
This year's Tenth Anniversary Turkey Trot is extra special thanks to our partnership with the Arlington Small Business Alliance. Small business owners and employees will run and sponsor while trot registrants will be treated to a virtual swag bag brought to you by Shop Arlington and YOPP. Just download YOPP from the app store and grab offers brought to you by Arlington small businesses. Redeem them using the YOPPapp after the trot to support small businesses, especially on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.
Join us for our 10th Annual 5k Trot!
Note from the Arlington Turkey Trot Committee:
As we look forward to the 10th Anniversary of the Arlington Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day 2015, we give thanks to those who contributed to a most successful 2014--our registrants (over 4000 strong) sponsors, volunteers, neighbors, parishioners and, perhaps most importantly, our beneficiaries who work tirelessly to help those in our community who need a hand up!
To join the 2015 celebration, view the 10th Anniversary video, and contact Trot Director, Mark Riley, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-927-0328.
Arlington Turkey Trot—Brief History and Fun Facts
From the time that Pastor Brian Webster came to town to lead Christ Church of Arlington, he set his sights and heart on reaching out to the community to assist the poor and needy—those in search of a friend, good food, child care—a place to call home. Brian identified two nonprofit agencies—Doorways for Women and Families and Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless (now Bridges to Independence)—which provide homes for families, including women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
The vehicle that was developed to reach out to and rally the community was the November 2006 5K Arlington Turkey Trot that attracted 300 runners, joggers, walkers and strollers. Now, ten years later, Christ Church, together with the original charities and the Arlington Food Assistance Center, A-SPAN and Linden Resources will launch the 10th anniversary Turkey Trot which, by now, has become an Arlington tradition.
The 2006 Trot raised $4,200 for the beneficiaries and, in 2014, with 4000 registrants, $65,000 was generated, nearly all of the race’s net proceeds. Over the past 9 years, the race registrants and business sponsors have raised over $260,000 to help Arlington residents who need a “hand up.”
Thousands of individuals, businesses and community groups have, over the years, provided cash, prizes (particularly gift certificates), and food for hungry Arlingtonians as well as race participants. Last year, at the Lyon Park post race ceremony, over 2000 bananas, 50 cases of water and a hundred dozen bagels were consumed.
In 2013, 25 Arlington police mapped out and monitored the course along with 40 course marshal volunteers. Dozens of dogs and strollers traversed the course, often slowly but surely. The winning time was 16:12. Hundreds of hours are spent by church members, staff, volunteers and paid consultants following up, planning and implementing the Trot each year, starting in April. Based on a recent survey question, the vast majority of “trotters” run for fun and the January-February Arlington Magazine rated the Arlington Turkey Trot Arlington’s #1 local race/charity run.