Photo by Dave Warner – Runners start on in last year’s second annual Little  Falls Turkey Trot

The third annual Little Falls Turkey Trot 5k will take place at 8:30 AM on Thanksgiving Day, November 26. All proceeds from the race will be split between the Food Pantry (YMCA) and Little Falls Community Outreach.

This will be the first in-person race in Little Falls since the outbreak of Covid-19 caused the cancellation of numerous races in the Mohawk Valley and all over the world. Because of the ongoing pandemic, race director Rob Richard and YMCA director Tony Deluca have made plans to ensure the safety of runners and volunteers.

Richard stated, “I was very pleased with the success of our virtual 5k in the spring, at the early stages of the pandemic. The enthusiasm of the runners and other people who donated was phenomenal. But after months of race cancellations, we are now at a point where road races can happen in person, with proper precautions. I’m very grateful for the support of Mayor Mark Blask, the YMCA, and Community Outreach. I hope runners will join us for a return some normalcy on the Thanksgiving holiday.”

DeLuca said, “The Turkey Trot is a popular holiday event that will benefit two very important local initiatives addressing ongoing food insecurity issues in our community. We believe we have developed and put in place safety measures and procedures for this year’s version of the Little Falls Turkey Trot that will allow us to present an in person race event that meets all current health protocols. Should the situation change prior to race day then we will take the appropriate actions to ensure the continued safety of all involved. We are grateful for the support of City leaders, organizers, volunteers, and participants in making this year’s race a safe and successful fun event that supports these important community programs.”

All of the details for the race will be shared with runners when registration opens on October 12. The best place to follow race details and registration is through the Rock City Runners Facebook page. In order to ensure safety and avoid overcrowding, there will be no day-of registration for this race.