November 05, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

Turkey Trot Route Changes to Accommodate Flock

Event organizers are anticipating another record “flock” at the 16th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk. As the event continues to grow, route managers explain that an easy way to maintain crowd control and manage additional walkers/runners is to improve the race route each year.

This year, participants will again begin to the east of the Springfield Expo Center on St. Louis Street and John Q. Hammons Parkway. Runners will see a slight variation from last year’s route, as they head east on Monroe Street and through Missouri State University’s campus, north on Florence and west on Harrison to Kimbrough Avenue. The finish line will be at the intersection of St. Louis Street and Kimbrough, with final deceleration and timing chip collection heading into the north side of the Expo Center on East Trafficway. The route will be adequately marked and patrolled for safety.

Turkey Trot is once again recognized as the largest Thanksgiving Day race in Missouri, drawing more than 6,200 runners/walkers in 2009.

Regal Beloit, Great Southern Bank, St. John’s, and O’Reilly Auto Parts are sponsors of this year’s Trot. Media support is proudly provided by 417 Magazine, KGBX 105.9, and KYTV. Official timing for each registered runner will be provided through UltraMax. Timing of each participant officially begins as he/she crosses the start and finish lines.


The Developmental Center of the Ozarks (DCO) serves infants, children, and adults who are developmentally disabled, developmentally delayed or physically disabled, as well as those who are not, through therapeutic, educational, habilitative and rehabilitative programs. DCO holds as its greatest responsibility to promote personal growth through teaching those skills necessary for all citizens of our community to lead full and productive lives.

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board Scholarship Fund is available for those who meet income guidelines and want to participate in a Park Board program. Year-round scholarships are limited and intended to assist those who could not otherwise pay for program fees. Call the Park Board offices for more information at 417-864-1049.

For more information, contact: Marisa DeClue, DCO, 417-829-0896, or Bob Nelson, Park Board, 417-874-2176,