By Robyn A. Friedman
City & Shore Magazine
Would you feel less guilty about overeating on Thanksgiving if you offset those additional calories by burning some off?
If so, then consider getting up early and taking part in the eighth annual Holy Cross Hospital Fort Lauderdale Turkey Trot, a 5-K race along Fort Lauderdale Beach. Approximately 3,000 runners and walkers are expected to participate in the event, hosted by MedPro Healthcare Staffing and Leadership Broward Foundation, and sponsored by City & Shore magazine, and to kick off their Thanksgiving Day to a healthy — and exciting — start.
“This event is so much more than just a 5-K race,” said Patrick Taylor, MD, president and chief executive officer of Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale. “It is a community tradition that brings together family and friends, promotes health and fitness and raises money for two very worthy causes.”
This year, the event benefits not only Leadership Broward Foundation, but also the Helena Ramsay Soaring Leader Scholarship, created in memory of Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Helena Ramsay to celebrate her vision for a better global society.
“Come join 3,000 of your closest friends and family in your best Thanksgiving-themed attire,” says Christi Bick, race director. “Enjoy the ocean breeze and the majestic colors of a South Florida sunrise as you run, walk or jog the course.”
The 5-K run/walk kicks off Nov. 22 at DC Alexander Park, 501 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., and continues north on A1A. Registration begins at 6 a.m., and the race starts at 7:30 a.m. There is also a Kid’s Dash at 8:30 a.m. and awards presentation at 8:45 a.m. The registration fee is $40. For information or to register, visit turkeytrotftl.com.