With a few days between them, two of the area’s favorite holiday-centered runs will continue again this year.
Before sitting down for the big gorge and before tuning in to the football frenzy, thousands of local families will head out to the YMCA Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 23. Then, a few days later on Dec. 2, the Christmas season will kick off with the Jingle Bell Run, hosted by the Arthritis Foundation. Here’s a look at each event.
Turkey Trot is a family tradition. And one that helps other families be a part of YMCA.
For many area families, a Thanksgiving morning tradition is to participate in the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot before sitting down to the big family feast. Once again this year, the tradition can continue at 8 a.m. Nov. 23 at the Village at Camp Bowie, 6115 Camp Bowie Blvd. Organizers expect as many as 12,000 to come join in the fun.
Regardless of your fitness level, there is a place for everyone in the annual event. Serious runners can sign up for the chip-timed 10K (at 8:15 a.m.) or 5K (at 8:30 a.m.). There’s a 1K Gobbler Trot at 8 a.m.
Walkers come in droves because they are welcome in this event, as is the family pet (register your pup for $10). Strollers are welcome, so even the little ones can be part of the fun. At the end, a big ceremony presents awards to winners in various age categories.
Veteran newsman Scott Murray is the honorary race chairman and will be the emcee for the event, and live music will be performed by the Steve Hill Trio. A giant inflatable turkey will provide great photo opps. And yes, the popular commemorative T-shirts will again be part of the registration fee.
Proceeds from the Turkey Trot enable the Y to provide their services to folks who otherwise would not have the financial resources to participate.
“The Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot is a family tradition for runners of all ages. Run if you want to, walk if you can, just get there. You won't be sorry you did. Proceeds from the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot benefit the scholarship program of the Westside YMCA,” writes a spokesman on the event Facebook page.
Turkey Trot chairman Reagan Ferguson provided us with 36 reasons to participate in the event. Among the best were: “It’s been around over 36 years which means you can now carry on your Mom or Dad’s tradition or start your own tradition.”
Another good one was: “You can brag to the rest of the family at Thanksgiving dinner about burning calories that morning.” And for the practical thinkers: “A great way to get out-of-town visitors out of the house so you can cook.”
Families and teams are encouraged to dress creatively and post photos on social media. Individual or team registrations are available online at www.fwtrot.org.
Or register in person at Westside YMCA, 8201 Calmont Ave. Race day on-site registration begins at 6 a.m. Contact Ferguson at 817-246-2460, ext. 114, with questions.
Jingle Bell Run 5K is festive way to help adults and children battling arthritis
Seeing the folks gathered for the annual Jingle Bell Run wearing colorful holiday costumes or ugly Christmas sweaters is sure to bring a smile and spread holiday cheer.
Hundreds of runners and walkers are expected to participate again this year at 3 p.m. Dec. 2 when the race begins at the Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St. The Arthritis Foundation will host the Jingle Bell Run in Fort Worth as other cities across the country have similar events to raise money for arthritis research.
“This annual, holiday-themed 5K-run and one-mile walk encourages participants to dress in festive costumes and get out and move, as well as raise awareness and funds to cure America’s No. 1 cause of disability,” said Melissa Gower with the Arthritis Foundation.
“Through fundraisers like the Jingle Bell Run, the Arthritis Foundation is able to invest in local and national programs that benefit those in your community affected by arthritis.”
Youth honoree for the event is 13-year old Siarra Roberts from the Texas town of Telephone. Siarra was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis at age 11. The medical honoree is Colleyville and Fort Worth physician Dhiman Basu.
The Panther Island Pavilion will be decked out in sparkling holiday decorations, and families at the event can enjoy a slew of activities and exhibits. Santa and his bride will be on hand for photos. And don’t forget to bring your pup to be a part of the festivities.
Colleen Coyle from the WFAA-TV weather team will keep things rolling as emcee for the afternoon, and Hightower Entertainment will bring their ‘Texi-Cali’-style band to play great music from all genres along with holiday favorites.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 54 million Americans have arthritis (1 in 4 adults), including 4.8 million adults and 25,000 children in Texas. The disease is said to be the leading cause of disability and one that limits mobility in doing ordinary things like walking, climbing stairs, bathing and dressing.
Lauren Selking, chairwoman of the Jingle Bell Run committee, says, “We hope people can join us to kick off the holiday season at the most festive run in Fort Worth.” Register online at www.jbr.org/fortworth or call 214-826-4361.
At a glance
Meat U Anywhere in Trophy Club is serving local nonprofit, Metroport Meals on Wheels’ participants and their families, a Thanksgiving meal to remember. Now in its second year, the owner Andy Sedino hopes the event will be an inspiration for the spirit of giving.
Metroport Meals on Wheels is a grassroots organization that serves as an advocate for elderly or chronically ill individuals in northeast Tarrant, southern Denton and eastern Wise counties. MMOW has provided over a million meals to seniors in these areas since 1980. To inquire, contact the MMOW office at 817-491-1141 or visit www.MetroportMOW.org.
Greater Keller Women’s Club Holiday Craft Auction is Nov. 16 at The Bowden, 1775 Keller Parkway. A social time is at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Holiday Craft Auction. Custom-made crafts and home-baked foods will be available for early holiday shopping. Dinner is $26 and reservations are due immediately. Contact Debbie Johnson at 817-422-1644