It's time for the annual Turkey Trot again

WMU Turkey Trot takes place on Nov. 23 at 8:30 a.m.

In an effort to promote unity and the importance of wellness, WMU is hosting their annual Turkey Trot on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 8:30 a.m. 

The Turkey Trot is a Thanksgiving themed 5k run that will take place around WMU’s campus. 

Mike Berdowski, assistant director of intramural sports and recreation programs at WMU explained how the Turkey Trot benefits WMU and its students. 

“The Turkey Trot is a way to tie the community and WMU together, we are sometimes missing that campus connection and the Turkey Trot is able to bring unity,” said Berdowski. 

The Turkey Trot has been a tradition on WMU’s campus since the 1950s, making it an important and cherished event in the WMU community. 

“When the Turkey trot first started the first place winner was awarded a live turkey,” said Berdowski

This year, instead of live poultry, winners will be awarded a $50 Meijer gift card. 

The Turkey Trot this year is already one of the biggest WMU has seen. There are 830 people currently registered for the event. With the race still being a week away, Berdowski hopes to get that number up to 1000, which would make this year's Turkey Trot the biggest one ever held. 

Those who participate in the event will get a t-shirt, snacks from multiple vendors, and the opportunity for a massage from Kalamazoo Athletic Wellness. 

If you would like to be involved with the Turkey Trot, but don’t want to participate in the race, volunteer opportunities are available.

Registration for the event is still open. For those interested in signing up, visit the university recreation website for additional information.

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