Almost a century old, the Turkey Day tradition has changed course from its 1914 origins, when lowcountry athletes would strap on their shoes for a pre-meal trek from coastal Charleston to inland Summerville. Mid-century, the race evolved into a unique and competitive six-man, three mile, high school relay at the Battery and Stoney Field in the heart of the city. And in 1978, the run changed again, growing into its most popular form—a family friendly 5k winding through historic downtown, supporting dozens of local nonprofits on a day that celebrates community, family and thanksgiving.
Sponsored by Roper St. Francis Physician Partners, Powerade and the grocery chain BI-LO, Charleston’s largest 5k now has an annual attendance of over 5,000 eager participants. The purpose of the race is more than burning calories before the year’s biggest meal—a portion of the proceeds go to Charleston charities, notably the Special Olympics, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Boy Scouts and Lowcountry Food Bank.
The race kicks off in Marion Square and continues south towards the water, passing the high society shopping district and historic Charleston landmarks. For kids 10 and under, the start line is the site of the Children’s Fun Run, with four heats ranging by age from 25 to 200 meters. The finish line culminates in a post-race party with live music, free food, beer, prizes, and activities including games, bounce houses and face painting. Cash prizes will be given to the top three male and female finishers and awards to the top three in each age group.
Visit the Turkey Day 5k website for more information on registration and race day.
WHEN: Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 9 a.m.
329 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403
$30 for registration and T-Shirt
$35 for registration and Long Sleeve T-Shirt
$10 for Children’s Fun Run Registration (includes short sleeve T-Shirt)