One never knows what kind of costumes Turkey Trot participants will don on Thanksgiving morning. File photo

Turkey Trot returns Thanksgiving Day

Ah, there is life after COVID after all!

Former race organizer Linda Powell has moved, but a dedicated group of volunteers from previous events host the Eighth Annual Turkey Trot  Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25 — with some changes. This year’s event begins at 8:30 a.m. at Lassen Senior Services, 1700 Sunkist Drive.

According to an email from the group, “We will be starting at the Senior Center running over to Limoniera taking Limoniera to Riverside, Riverside to Alexander, and down to the bike path and back. It’s the same course as the Super Hero Run. Lassen Senior Services is still the beneficiary and we would appreciate donations of non-perishable food for them. It won’t be as spectacular without Linda and the Bizz Running Company, but we really just want the community to have this event.”

This year’s Turkey Trot still gives community members a chance to burn a few calories before they gorge themselves on the traditional holiday feast, and features a free community fun walk or run on a 3.1-mile course.

A big part of the Turkey Trot fun is seeing all the participants in costume, and this year prizes will be awarded for the best costume and the largest family group.

Participants are asked to make donations of non-perishable food or cash to benefit Lassen Senior Services.

According to a flyer for the event, “Let’s fill the pantry for our low-income seniors.”

“It’s good way to start Thanksgiving morning,” quipped Penny Artz, executive director of Lassen Senior Services. “You can get yourself out there and wiggle around some and then settle into football.”

Artz said the donations collected at the Turkey Trot helps LSS serve local seniors. The agency serves between 75 and 100 local seniors each day.

“For many of the seniors who come here for lunch, it’s the only contact they have with people, and sometimes the only contact others have with people is when our drivers go deliver meals,” Artz said.