Seventh annual Turkey Trot is Saturday in Woodstock

Runners get ready – the annual Turkey Trot will be held Saturday in Woodstock with runs for the whole family. Proceeds will benefit a local charity organization.

Katheryn Freakley, who works for Regulus Group, the engineering consulting firm that hosts the Turkey Trot, said this will be the seventh year the event has taken place.

She said turnout varies from year to year, but the largest crowd they have seen has been over 500 participants, including volunteers “who all come out to support volunteerism, charity and community spirit.”

The Teeny K for kids 10 years old and under is a 1K fun run, she said, that begins at 8:15 a.m. This is followed by the 5K/10K run and walk that starts at 9 a.m. The 5K/10K are professional chip timed for more serious runners.

All runs will begin at Massanutten Military Academy.

“We will have Polly the Pollywog Frog at the Teeny K event,” she said, “as well as tons of yummy refreshments before and after the race, an awards ceremony and official check presentation to A Small Hand, the charity of choice.”

According to A Small Hand’s website,, the charity organization is an outreach project based at Edinburg Christian Church.

“Our goal is to provide help to infants, newborn to 36 months, in Shenandoah County in the form of a week’s supply of formula, food, disposable diapers and wet-wipes, plus gently used clothing and baby items as donations permit,” the site stated.

Registration for the event begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $30 until today. Registration then bumps up to $35 on race day, Freakley said.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or