The Woodstock Turkey Trot will celebrate 10 years starting at 8 a.m. Nov. 23.

Sponsored by the Regulus Group, the Turkey Trot is a running/walking event that starts and finishes at the Massanutten Military Academy track and runs through the town of Woodstock. The event features 5K, 10K, and Teeny K races.

“It’s a great way to jump-start the holidays and bring our community together to give back,” said Katie Freakley, of the Regulus Group.

Traditionally, all of the proceeds from the Turkey Trot are donated to local charities and nonprofit organizations. This year, all proceeds will go to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 936 in Woodstock. Freakley said this is the first year a military/veterans organization was chosen.

“The point of the Turkey Trot has always been to bring our community together to raise as much money and awareness for the amazing organizations right here in our hometown,” she said. “We have so many local veterans who can greatly benefit from all the VVA has to offer and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our own milestone than by honoring and saying thank you to our hometown heroes.”

Freakley said that the event typically draws around 500 people — including participants, volunteers, and spectators — every year. She said she’s hoping attendance goes up this year and to gather as many local veterans together as possible to be honored at the event.

“Because honoring our veterans is so important, we’re working with our local [Veterans of Foreign Wars post] to arrange an honor guard, hopefully, a guest speaker for some short remarks, and special music, as well as refreshments on hand in hopes that our local veterans will join us to be honored,” Freakley said.

Freakley said that as of 2018, the Woodstock Turkey Trot has raised almost $60,000 in donations. Luke’s Backpack and Shen-Paco are among the charities and nonprofit organizations the Turkey Trot has helped for the past decade.

Freakley said the “tradition” of the event is what brings people back each year.

“We have some very loyal runners, walkers and volunteers who have been with us since the very beginning,” she said.

People may still sign up to participate in the Turkey Trot. The cost to register in the 10K will be $30, while registration for the 5K and the Teeny K will cost $30 and $10 respectively.

To sign up, visit https://raceroster.com/events/2019/25338/2019-woodstock-turkey-trot.

– Contact Donald Lambert at dlambert@nvdaily.com