By Robyn A. Friedman
City & Shore Magazine
Here’s a way to avoid feeling guilty about wearing those pants with the elastic waistband again this Thanksgiving – or maybe to avoid doing so entirely.
Wake up early on Thanksgiving morning, don your pilgrim or turkey costume and take a 5-K run or walk on A1A as you enjoy the breeze and the smell of salt air, while knowing you’re participating in a fun event and supporting two worthy causes.
More than 3,000 participants of all ages are expected to jumpstart their Thanksgiving Day at the 9th Annual Memorial Cardiac & Vascular Institute Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot along Fort Lauderdale beach. The event is dedicated to supporting the community by encouraging individuals to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Proceeds will benefit the Leadership Broward Foundation and the MedPro Future Nurse Scholarship. Last year, the event raised $135,000, says Christi Bick, race director.
“Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute is proud to be the title sponsor for the Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot,” says Michele Slane, the Institute’s vice president. “This event promotes health and wellness, is a tradition in our community and is a great way to spend the holiday morning with friends and family while supporting a great cause.”
“This event is more than a scenic run along Fort Lauderdale’s iconic beach road,” says Liz Tonkin, chief executive officer of MedPro Healthcare Staffing, which is hosting the event. “It is about being grateful, promoting wellness and raising money for organizations that will aid in our community’s bright future.”
This year’s 5-K run/walk, sponsored by City & Shore magazine, starts at DC Alexander Park, 501 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., and heads north on A1A. Registration is at 6 a.m., and the race will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. A Kids’ Dash (for those 10 and under) and awards presentation follow at 8:30 and 8:45 a.m., respectively. The fee for adults is $40, and the Kids’ Dash is $15. For information or to purchase tickets, visit turkeytrotftl.com.
– Robyn A. Friedman