A CLEARWATER TRADITION

By
Services for Real Estate Pros with OneAmerica - Seminole, FL

    I was reading today's St. Petersburg Times, and came across a featured story in the Tampa Bay Section, regarding the 30th running of the Turkey Trot.

    The running through the streets of Clearwater began in 1979, when Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States. Less than 1000 people took part in the inaugural run. this Thanksgiving Day, more that 16,000, (over 16,600 participated in 2007) will run through Clearwater.

    What started as, and is still a fun run, many of the originally runners from 1979 have gotten their children and other family members involved. 

    The fun begins on Wednesday evening with a kick-off party at Jack White Stadium located at Clearwater High School on Hercules Ave. Then on Thursday morning, before eating theit turkey with all the dressing, followed by pumpkin pie, the 16,000 plus runners will take to the street in either a 5K Run, a 5K Fun run for walkers/joggers and a 1 mile Gobbler fitness/run/walk. AND THEN at 8:30, the 10 K Turkey Trot will begin.

    Why do people do this? Well, approximately $30,000 is raised, (last year) and all monies goes to local charities, including West Florida Runners Club Scholarship Programs, Big Brother/Big Sisters of Pinellas County and the Children's Heart Foundation. It's a fun event for all, benefiting good causes.

     Check out the St. Petersburg Times or www.tampabay.com/turkeytrot.

Comments (9)

Gail MacMillan
Titusville, FL

Hi Tony - Nice to meet you and thanks so much for welcoming Reva.  You know, I lived in St. Pete from 1978-1984 and I don't recall hearing about this event...and I was a runner back then too!  Are you going to participate in either the party or the run....this is an inquiring mind kinda day ;-)

Gail MacMillan Titusville Fl Real Estate

Nov 24, 2008 06:54 AM
Gail MacMillan
Titusville, FL

Hi Tony - I received your contact, thanks.  But why not place your response here and get some more credit for your post...just a suggestion.  And Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well :-)

Nov 24, 2008 08:05 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Thanks Tony for posting this.  This is a great way to start off the day and "earn" you dinner!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 24, 2008 10:22 AM
Tony Wangrycht
OneAmerica - Seminole, FL - Seminole, FL

Gail and Silvia, thank you for your comments, they are appreciated. Gail, you are right, I should have posted my initial comments here. Thanks for the suggestion.

Nov 25, 2008 12:34 AM
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Tony - nice to see even turkeys trot for a good cause, TIC

Nov 25, 2008 09:27 AM
Cecily Parks
iMove Group, Knipe Realty NW, Inc. - Salem, OR

Sounds like a ton of fun and all for a good cause....great combination! I'm curious, which one did you do? The Gobbler fitness/run/walk?

Nov 25, 2008 12:45 PM
Tony Wangrycht
OneAmerica - Seminole, FL - Seminole, FL

Cecily, due to having bad knees, I will be rooting the participants on from the sidelines. Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 25, 2008 11:29 PM
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS

Tony - it's great when people can support local charities. The participants have fun and their supporters can feel good about supporting a great cause.

Dec 02, 2008 10:20 AM
Tony Wangrycht
OneAmerica - Seminole, FL - Seminole, FL

Sharon, thanks for your comment.

Dec 03, 2008 04:36 AM