Thanksgiving day runs are taking place all over the country this morning. But here at the Shippan Turkey Trot , it’s a little bit different in that it’s not about who wins the race – but more so – who’s sporting the best costume.
“I don’t care if you place first. If you run fast who cares? I care about the best costume."
It all started 14 years ago by this brother/sister trio.
“I think you were in California, you were in Massachusetts, I was in Vermont – so coming home for the holidays, it’s important to burn calories before you eat, but it’s nice to just run together.”
“You didn’t want to run alone, because it’s cold and dark – so we ran together.”
Originally starting out as just a way to get a run in with friends before thanksgiving dinner it soon took on a life of its own.
“It was some of our friends they came one year in Speedos. The crew came and it was funny. Then the pressure to dress up got more real.”
And that got people’s attention...
“Neighbors started saying who are these people? Why are Elvis and a Summa Wrestler running through the neighborhood? Then it became irresistible.”
Then eight years into the race, this family tradition became a citywide effort, raising funds for the Shelter for the Homeless.
Today the trot is an official 501 non-profit, already raising 40 thousand dollars for those in need. And it’s important to note that money goes directly to meals provided at that shelter.
“It’s a great day. It’s great music. Great fun. Great creative expression. And at the end of the day we raised a lot of money for a great cause.”
Around 350 people took part in the race today, proving this time-honored tradition isn’t going anywhere.
“I really think it’s an expression of the three of us.”