November 21, 2011

News Release

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:

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.

Media:
For more information, media contact: Anne-Mary McGrath, Special Events Administrator,
417-353-3514.