Troy Turkey Trot Introduces Virtual Training Program

Online Effort Designed to Help Runners Get in Best Shape Possible for 11/22 Event; Series of Nutrition, Injury Prevention Seminars Also on Tap

TROY, NY (October 18, 2012) — If you’ve dreamed of competing in a road race but wondered how best to get in shape, consider participating in a free virtual training program culminating with the Troy Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 22. With just five weeks left to go there is still time to get in shape and participate on Thanksgiving morning, though it is recommended that you have some training base already, or can at least jog non-stop for eight minutes.

Each week you’ll be emailed timely training and body care tips from running and nutrition experts to prepare you for the event’s 5K. To register, please visit:

“This training program offers runners a great way to get into shape for any 5K road race,” said Troy Turkey Trot Event Director George Regan, adding that already more than 140 people have registered for the program, which is based around the successful Freihofer’s Run for Women Training Challenge. “Participants will have the added motivation of having workouts delivered to their inbox each morning.”

As part of the effort, FOX23 News’ weekend anchor Meagan Farley will spearhead a training group for those interested in running together in preparation for the Troy Turkey Trot. Participants will experience the camaraderie, support and motivation that come with focusing on a goal with others, as well as receive “VIP treatment” race day with exclusive access to the FOX23 tent at the start and finish line, along with post-race refreshments. To join Meagan’s Team or to network with her and other team members, visit

Since proper eating habits and realistic workout goals can help runners arrive prepared and confident on race day, Troy Turkey Trot organizers have also lined up free presentations designed to get participants ready to hit the asphalt.

On Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Troy YMCA, chiropractor Dr. Tim Maggs will provide a hands- on running injury prevention program to help runners reach their goals injury free. Dr. Maggs will discuss structural and muscular injuries and preventive and corrective measures to address these issues. He will also talk about custom orthotics, how to develop a muscle management program and nutritional supplements.

Then, on Nov. 13 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at The Record’s Community Media Lab, Dr. Maggs, family nurse practitioner Christine Cooley and Patrick Lynskey, a certified coach and trainer, will teach runners how to reach their goals injury free, adopt proper eating habits, and maintain a good exercise regimen.

For more information on the training challenge and injury prevention/nutrition programs, visit