For Immediate Release
Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Road Closures
As Springfield and Greene County prepare for the largest Thanksgiving Day run/walk in the state of Missouri, Turkey Trot event organizers are reminding participants and motorists to travel with caution through the downtown area from 8 - 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011.
This year's route will again include National Avenue, Grand Street, portions of Missouri State University's campus, Harrison Street and Kimbrough Avenue. The event begins at 8 a.m. at the Springfield Expo Center on East St. Louis Street and ends on East Trafficway.
Free parking near the Expo Center, for participants and spectators, will be available at a number of surface lots, including the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, the Jordan Valley Car Park and other downtown lots near Park Central Square.
Pre-registration participants at this point are over the 6,000 mark and could exceed 7,000 by race day. Last year's final tally was a record-setting 7,155. The 5K course is a USA Track and Field (USATF) certified course, which has had its distance certified for accuracy.
Packet Pick-up & Registration runs Wednesday, November 23, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Springfield Expo Center, 635 East St. Louis, $25/adults and $20/youth (12 years of age and younger). All pre-registered participants who pick up their packet or those who register on-site at the Expo Center can enter a drawing to win a $200 gift certificate to The Starting Block sporting goods store.
Thanksgiving Day registration will run from 6:15 – 7:15 a.m. at the Springfield Expo Center, 635 East St. Louis St. The ever-popular foam turkey hats will be available for the first 3000 runners on race day.
Awards are expected to begin inside the Expo Center at approximately 9 a.m. Participants are encouraged to stay for the ceremony and will have the opportunity to win several door prizes including:
- $150 gift certificate to The Starting Block, provided by Regal Beloit;
- 32-inch flat screen television, provided by Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners;
- Over 30 additional door prizes
- Medals will be awarded to overall male and female winners and overall masters male and female.
The 17th annual Turkey Trot event benefits the Developmental Center of the Ozarks and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board's Scholarship Fund.
For more information on the event, visit www.parkboard.org or call 417-864-1049.
For more information, media contact: Anne-Mary McGrath, Special Events Administrator,