Trot Training Challenge Set to Launch for Thanksgiving Day Races

10-Week Program Will Help First Timers Complete First 5K, Established Runners Tackle a 10K

TROY, N.Y. (September 13, 2017) — Organizers of the region’s largest turkey trot will launch the fifth annual Trot Training Challenge on Tuesday, Sept. 19 to prepare novice and intermediate runners for any of the six local turkey trots held Thanksgiving morning.

The 10-week, co-ed program follows a gradually increasing training plan that is designed to train participants to complete a 5K or 10K. It is comprehensive, including both injury-prevention and nutritional elements.

There will be two group options in the 5K training: beginner and intermediate.  The 5K is designed for novice runners and those seeking to run a faster 5K time.  The 10K, which will feature just one training group, is for those wishing to move up from the 5K to the 10K, or run a faster 10K this year.  10K participants should be currently running 3-4 days a week with at least one run a week of up to three miles.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the entire community to get involved in a local tradition,” said Troy Mayor Patrick Madden, noting that the Troy Turkey Trot – one of Troy’s signature community events – will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2017. “Based on the popularity of local Thanksgiving day races, we’re expecting a significant turnout for the Trot Training Challenge.”

Participants will begin each week with a 6 p.m. Tuesday night exercise session involving walking, jogging and/or running at Prospect Park in Troy followed by Saturday morning runs at 8 a.m. at the Knickerbacker Park facility in Lansingburgh. Runners are expected to complete a third workout on their own at a time during the week that is most convenient for them.

Registration for the program is open through Oct. 7.  Weekly e-mails will outline the week’s workout plan, as well as nutritional, injury-prevention and running/exercise and stretching tips. All participants will receive a free high performance Trot Training Challenge t-shirt.

For more information or to register, visit The Trot Training Challenge costs $40 and does not include entry into the Troy Turkey Trot or other regional Turkey Trots. Additional information is also available by calling (518) 221-3051.


About the Troy Turkey Trot

Now in its 70th 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, as well as raise funds for several local charities.  For more information, visit