Chatham Turkey Trot Stays Virtual For Second Consecutive Year

By: Brad Joyal

Topics: Chatham , Running

The 2021 Chatham Turkey Trot will be held in a virtual format for a second consecutive year. Participants will be able to chart their own course and complete the 5-kilometer event between Nov. 20 and Nov. 28. FILE PHOTO

CHATHAM – For a second consecutive year, the Chatham Turkey Trot will be held in a virtual format out of precaution due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Runners and walkers interested in participating in the Thanksgiving tradition will have the opportunity to chart their own courses as race organizers have opted to hold the annual event in a virtual format for the second time in as many years.

Mary Parsons and Linda Redding began the Turkey Trot in 2005 after being inspired by the We Gather Together Run-Walk held in Sandwich each Thanksgiving. The Turkey Trot benefits the Lower Cape Outreach Council, and donations from this year’s participants are still encouraged despite the fact the event will be held remotely.

Approximately 450 participants from 14 states took part in the 2020 Turkey Trot, which raised $21,000 in donations to Lower Cape Outreach Council. Registration for this year’s event is $10 and can be completed online via RunSignUp.

Because the race is virtual, participants can choose their own 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) course to complete between Nov. 20 and Nov. 28. A map outlining the Turkey Trot’s traditional Chatham course is available on the event’s website for locals interested in keeping tradition.

Participants are encouraged to wear costumes and share photos from their virtual Turkey Trot by tagging @chathamturkeytrot and adding #chathamturkeytrot2021 to their posts.

Visit for more information about this year’s Turkey Trot or to register, donate or purchase event merchandise.

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