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Posted Sunday, September 17th, 2017

Registration is now open for the 11th Annual Morris Township Turkey Trot, a fun run held each Thanksgiving Day that benefits the Interfaith Food Pantry and Literacy Volunteers of Morris County.

Turkey Trot Helps Battle Hunger and Promotes Literacy in Morris County -- Sign Up NowThe 2017 Turkey Trot will begin promptly at 8:30am on Thursday, Nov. 23, at the Ginty Field Complex in Morris Township. The USATF-certified 5k race and the one-Mile Fun Walk/Run and Kids’ Trot  has become a Thanksgiving tradition for people of all ages and abilities.  In 2016, the event drew more than 3,000 registrants.

On-site registration for the rain-or-shine race opens at 7 a.m. but participants are encouraged to avoid the lines and register in advance at

photo of runners wearing turkey hats

2016 Turkey Trot

The Turkey Trot is sponsored in part by Atlantic Sports Health, the Official Health Care Sponsor of the Trot.  As a free service to the community, they are offering three free  “Couch-to-5k” training sessions at their 111 Madison Avenue, Morristown location.

This program is aimed at helping people who have never run a 5k before train for the Trot.  Participants who complete all three sessions will also receive a free T-Shirt and free registration for the Turkey Trot.  There is still time to register for the first session, which will be held on September 19.  Registration information and details can be found on the race website.

photo of runners crossing finish line in 2016

Runners crossing finish line in 2016

Proceeds from the Trot are shared between the Literacy Volunteers and Food Pantry and benefit many Morris County families.  The IFP currently serves more than 2,000 households each month, providing food, nutrition education, counseling and referral services, and LVMC offers free one-on-one and small group tutoring in basic English and ESL to more than 500 Morris County adults.

For more information visit or call 973-538-8049.

In addition to Atlantic Sports Health, Dixon Energy and Lexus of Route 10 also are sponsors of the event.

Photos courtesy of Edmund M. Kramer Photographers