IMG_3674[1]Troy, NY (November 17, 2015) — If you’re planning to run in this year’s Troy Turkey Trot and want to participate in the event’s popular costume contest, event organizers want you to let your imagination run wild!

“The costume contest is always a highlight of the 5K and our entries are extremely creative,” said Turkey Trot volunteer Andrea Daley. “We’ve seen everything from folks dressing up as forks and spoons to a cross-country team decked out as gift wrapped presents.”

Participants in the 5K, the day’s signature event, are invited to enter one of two categories — best Thanksgiving Day costume and the most unique costume. Contestants will be asked to fill out an entry form and take a picture of themselves, or their team, in costume. Entry forms must be submitted at chip/t-shirt pick-up held at the Troy Atrium on Sunday, Nov. 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 25, from 11a.m to 6 p.m.

“Costumes will be judged based on their creativity, presentation, and flexibility/functionality (ability to move in the costume),” said Event Director George Regan. “The only costumes we are not permitting are those that cover the face, as well as bulky costumes that may interfere with others out on the course.”

Judging will take place Thanksgiving morning from 8:45-9:45 a.m. The prizes for both categories will be identical. First place will receive a $100 Hannaford gift card. Second place will receive a $75 Hannaford gift card, and third place will receive $50 Hannaford gift card.
Prizes will be given out at the finish line awards stage in Monument Square after the conclusion of the 5K at approximately 10:45 a.m.

For more information, please visit TroyTurkeyTrot.com/annual-costume-contest/

Event sponsors include: Pioneer Bank, Wm. J. Fagan & Sons, Capital Region Honda Dealers,
Hannaford Supermarkets, CDPHP, Garelick Farms, Bryce Real Estate, Caprara’s Auto Body Shop and Choice Physical Therapy.

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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 more than 7,000 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 TroyTurkeyTrot.com.