TROY, NY (Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015) – Mayor Lou Rosamilia announced a few reminders to individuals who will be in the City for the 68th Troy Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26. C
“This race is one of the biggest events Troy holds each year and serves as a fantastic way to engage the entire community in celebrating fun, family and fitness,” said Mayor Lou Rosamilia.
“Entries are going very well right now and are expected to exceed 7,000 for all four events,” added Event Director George Regan. “The weather also looks like it will cooperate! The forecast calls for a high of 56, which couldn’t be a better temperature if you’re a runner – not too hot and not too cold!”
Open for Business
Despite the Thanksgiving holiday, the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District has announced that numerous businesses in Downtown Troy will be opening their doors to the public.
They include Spill’n the Beans, Subway, Konis Café and Bootlegger’s on Broadway.
Although online registration for the 68th Troy Turkey Trot Monday is now closed, those still interested in participating in the 5K, 10K, or Grade School Mile can sign up for last-chance registration in person from 11 am until 6 pm in Downtown Troy on Wednesday, November 26 at the Atrium, located at 4 Third Street on the Second Floor.
Individuals interested in participating in the Turkey Walk can sign up on the day of the event between 6 a.m. and 9:15 am at the Atrium.
According to local weather reports, Thanksgiving Day will offer plenty of sun with highs in the lower to mid 50s Thursday and mid- to upper-50s Friday as clouds increase.
Ample, free event parking is available at a number of Front and River Street parking lots. A comprehensive map of Troy parking lots can be found on the City of Troy’s official website at http://troyny.gov/Departments/Parking.aspx.
Race Day Security
The Troy Police Department in conjunction with the Troy Turkey Trot Race Committee and the City of Troy has announced increased security efforts in connection with this year’s race. The announced rules and restrictions are part of an effort to ensure the safety of all participants and spectators on race day. The rules and restrictions are as follows:
- Backpacks will not be permitted.
- Costumes covering the face will not be permitted. Bulky costumes that may interfere with others are also discouraged.
- Runners’ bags should be safely secured in vehicles or checked at the Trot’s “baggage check” located in The Atrium (4 Third Street). Before a bag will be accepted in “baggage check,” the contents of the bag must be opened for inspection. We encourage placing items into a clear plastic bag. Plastic bags will be available at packet pick up on Sunday November 23 and Wednesday, November 26.
- Spectators will not be allowed on the sidewalks adjacent to the start on Fourth Street between Fulton Street and Broadway.
- Spectators will not be allowed beyond the finish line. Please meet your runners in Monument Square after they are out of the Finish Chute
Cooperation from participants and visitors is essential. Please help to provide a safe and pleasant environment at this wonderful event. And remember, if you see something, say something!
About the Troy Turkey Trot
Now in its 68th year, the Troy Turkey Trot is the nation’s 12th and world’s 64th oldest road race, as well as the 11th largest Turkey Trot in the nation. The event, which draws as many as 8,000 participants from 37 states and features a 5K, 10K, Grade School Mile and Turkey Walk, is designed to celebrate fitness, families and tradition against a backdrop of some of Troy’s most historic neighborhoods. For more information, visit www.TroyTurkeyTrot.com.
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Contact: John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information