Race It: Town Bank Turkey Trot 5k + Race Entry Giveaway!

Just like no Thanksgiving table is complete without a turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie, no runner’s Thanksgiving holiday is complete without a few miles before the feast!

One way you can get your miles in is by racing the Town Bank Turkey Trot, which is quickly becoming one of the most popular Thanksgiving races in the area. We recently chatted with race director, Chris Ponteri, to learn more about this year’s event.

For race specifics, visit our Featured Races page.

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Can you tell us a bit about this year’s event and if there is anything new or different planned?
This year’s Town Bank Turkey Trot will be similar to what we have done in past years. It’s a fun, family-oriented 5k race in scenic Burlington, which is one of those cities where it seems like Thanksgiving all year. It’s just a very nice community with lots of parks and water.

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About how many participants are you expecting this year? What do you think makes Thanksgiving such a popular day to race?
We are expecting 700 participants. The race has grown all 5 years. Turkey Trots have become such a great tradition on Thanksgiving morning in so many communities. I’m not really sure why. We draw a lot of repeat runners, many of whom are families and friends.

What should participants know about the course?
The course is probably the most beautiful in the area. Much of it goes along the Fox River. There is a good mix of streets and paved path. It’s very diverse. It goes through the woods and neighborhoods and finishes on the Riverwalk.

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What do participants get with their race registration?
Everyone receives a goody bag and a long-sleeve tech shirt.

Can you tell us a bit about the Team option?
You can register as part of a team. The top three teams (you need at least three runners to be part of a team) based on lowest combined time will get special awards.

What type of awards will be given out at the end of the race?
The top three overall men and women will get a trophy, and the top three men and women in each age group (5-year increments) will get a medal.

Who is this year’s non-profit partner and how does the race benefit this organization?
Our charity partner is Love, Inc. again this year. They do so many good things in Western Racine County. We are raising money and food for their food pantry.

Can you tell us a bit about the raffle and how runners/walkers can earn raffle tickets?
For each non-perishable food item you bring to the race, you will receive a raffle ticket for a drawing for turkeys and pies. Last year we had over 40 pies and six turkeys. The food is donated to the food panty at Love, Inc.

Thanks for chatting with us, Chris!

One lucky Keep Running MKE reader will win a free entry to this year’s Town Bank Turkey Trot, courtesy of Chris and team! To enter to win a free race entry, tell us in the comments section:

What are you most looking forward to eating this Thanksgiving?

Best of luck to all who enter. We’ll announce the winner on Monday, November 23.

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!

Town Bank Turkey Trot Race Entry Winner!

Good morning, friends! It’s time for us to announce the winner of the Town Bank Turkey Trot race entry.

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The winner is … Rebecca Benish! Please email us within the next 48 hours at keeprunningmke@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway! That’s it for now, but stay tuned for more reads about running and racing in MKE!

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!

Race It: Town Bank Turkey Trot 5k

Believe it or not, MKE, it’s time to start talking turkey. Turkey trots that is. So today, we chat with Chris Ponteri, race director for the Town Bank Turkey Trot, to discuss this year’s race – what’s new, what makes Thanksgiving such a popular holiday for running and how you can win a trophy so large it might not fit in your car 😉

For race specifics, view our Featured Races page.

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Can you tell us a bit about this year’s event?
Our title sponsor has changed; it’s now Town Bank. We are seriously excited about this since they have a great reach in the Milwaukee/Waukesha areas and hopefully this will expand our marketing efforts. There is just a slight change to the course in order to avoid a bottleneck at the start like we had last year, but other than that, it’s still the most beautiful 5k course in the area!

About how many participants are you expecting this year? And what do you think makes Thanksgiving such a popular day to race?
We are hoping to get to 1,000 participants this year. Last year we had almost 800 registered runners and walkers so it’s not out of the question. Thanksgiving, more than any other holiday, seems to be steeped with tradition and that is evident with these turkey trots. There are so many families that come and participate together. It really is a special event.

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What should participants know about the course?
It’s very scenic, mostly flat, and much of it is on or near the Fox River. Burlington is a special place and is the perfect setting for a Thanksgiving Day race.

Can you tell us a bit about the team option?
We are encouraging people to form teams and then we will take the combined time for the top three runners from each team to determine the fastest ones. The top three teams will get special awards.

What type of awards will be given out at the end of the race?
We do age-group awards in 5-year increments with each getting a medal. We give a cool turkey trophy to the top three male and female overall runners, and we have a gigantic trophy that is given to the runner finishing in the middle of the pack. It’s so big that last year it barely fit in the winner’s car.

Are there any top contenders for overall male and female this year?
At this point it’s too early to tell, but my guess is that last year’s champions James Koceja and Monica Schoeneck will be back to defend.

Who is this year’s non-profit partner?
Our charity partner is Love, Inc. again this year. This place is truly amazing; it helps so many people in Western Racine County with its food pantry, meal site and dozens of other programs. We will be raising money for the food pantry.

Can you tell us a bit about the raffle and how runners/walkers can earn raffle tickets?
After the race, we are raffling off turkeys (gift certificates for them, actually) and pies … lots of pies! For each non-perishable food item you bring, you receive one raffle ticket (maximum of 10). It’s a fun way to get donations for the food pantry.

Thanks for all the great info, Chris! MKE Runners – who would like to win an entry to this year’s Town Bank Turkey Trot?

To enter to win, please visit: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Best of luck to all who enter. We’ll announce the winner on Thursday, Oct. 23.

Happy Thursday, everyone! As always …

Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!