Turkey Trot draws 300-plus


NEW GLASGOW – Nearly 350 people took part in the pre-Thanksgiving dinner Turkey Trot on Sunday in New Glasgow.

Runners and walkers gathered at Glasgow Square for the morning event that started and ended there.

Registration was closed after numbers reached 300, but about 40 others were signed in prior to the event.

The Turkey Trot got a boost when the Johnny Miles Running Event group led by Terry Curley decided to help organize it.

“It’s really great Terry Curley brought this under the Johnny Miles umbrella,” said Geralyn MacDonald the town’s director of community economic development who has helped with the event both years. “Terry has been really instrumental with our staff to make this an annual event.”

Curley said he was glad to be a part of the Turkey Trot.

“If it’s a running event in Pictou County, I’m going to be here,” he said.

The crowd of runners left Glasgow Square parking lot and proceeded across the George Street Bridge and along Terrace Street to the Kinsmen Look-off before returning along the Samson Trail and under the bridge to an end point and then back along the trail and across the East River on the pedway under the bridge.

The event has been seen as a way to get people of all ages and abilities active by walking, running, walking a dog or pushing a wheeled device along the route.

More running events are scheduled before the end of the calendar year.

The Friends of Big Dog are hosting their second annual Big Dog Run in memory of distance runner Glenn Chenell on November 4 at Steeltown Park in Trenton. The event features a walk and run over distances of five and 10 kilometres.

The last official event is the annual Resolution 5-K fun run that starts and finishes at the West Side Community Centre on December 31.

Runners move ahead to stretch the line ahead of walkers on Sunday during the second annual Turkey Trot fun run and walk in new Glasgow. (Goodwin photo)