TROY, N.Y. (Oct. 25, 2021) — In-person road racing returns to the Collar City Thanksgiving morning for the 105th anniversary of the Troy Turkey Trot and event organizers are seeking volunteers for a variety of positions both on race day and during the week leading up to the venerable road race.
Individuals and small groups are needed to affix labels to runners’ bibs Friday, Nov. 19 (2-5 p.m.) and Tuesday, Nov. 23 (5-7 p.m.) at the Italian Community Center (ICC), 1450 5th Ave, Troy. Volunteers are also sought Nov. 19-25 (various hours) to assist with drive through packet pick up, event set up/clean up, forklift operation, course set up, course marshals, water stop, start/finish line, refreshments, awards, swag mailing and unloading and separating t-shirts.
“An event the size of the Troy Turkey Trot cannot be successful without the support of around 400 volunteers,” said Troy Turkey Trot Volunteer Director Bob Barnes, noting that he has a myriad of openings at various times during the day and evening that need to be filled. “Whether folks have a few hours or more to spare, we’d appreciate their support to ensure the Trot’s century-long tradition.”
Barnes said he welcomes applications from regional groups. Through the event’s Group Volunteer Incentive Program the Trot provides cash dona¬tions to clubs or organizations in return for providing small groups to work at the event. Groups of 10-14 volunteers earn $200, while groups of 15 or more volunteers receive $300.
“To help you just need to be 16 years or older,” he explained. “Everyone receives our commemorative t-shirt and refreshments.”
To learn more about specific volunteer opportunities and times, please visit https://runsignup.com/Race/Volunteer/NY/Troy/TroyTurkeyTrotNY
For specific questions, please email email@example.com.
For more information and to register for the 5K, 10K, Grade School Mile, Turkey Walk and costume contest, visit TroyTurkeyTrot.com.
About the Troy Turkey Trot
Now in its 105th year (74th running), the Troy Turkey Trot is the nation’s 12th and world’s 64th oldest road race. The event, which celebrates fun, family and fitness against a backdrop of some of Troy's most historic neighborhoods, draws more than 7,000 participants from 40 states and features a 5K, 10K, Grade School Mile and Turkey Walk, while also raising funds for the event’s two charities, Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and Joseph’s House and Shelter. For more information, visit TroyTurkeyTrot.com.