Annual Turkey Trot set for Thursday in Eagle-Vail |

Annual Turkey Trot set for Thursday in Eagle-Vail

Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado

EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado – On Thursday, lace up your running shoes and join R.A. Nelson and The Youth Foundation for the 4th annual Eagle-Vail Turkey Trot. This fun run is a 5k run/walk through Eagle-Vail and is a great opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and burn off some calories before your Thanksgiving dinner. Originally started four years ago out of the home of Youth Foundation enthusiasts and RA Nelson employee, John Halloran and his wife, Maggie Pavlik, this small grassroots event has grown to involve nearly 500 participants. “Growing up we participated in our neighborhood Turkey Trot in Chicago,” said John Halloran. “In 2007 we decided to stay in Colorado for Thanksgiving for the first time and decided to host a Turkey Trot of our own. We wanted to recreate a similar event to what we had participated in Chicago for so many years. It is a great way to see your friends and neighbors and gather the community for an event that funds a local non-profit, The Youth Foundation.”This Thursday kick off your Thanksgiving festivities by attending the 4th Annual Eagle-Vail Turkey Trot to support The Youth Foundation’s PowerHours after-school programs. “Help us to alleviate parents’ stress and enhance opportunities for teachers to gain much needed supplemental income, while at the same time having a great time with your friends at this event” said Katie Santambrogio, Event & Marketing Director of the Youth Foundation. “Our programs are fun, engaging, and are helping to shape the futures of children in our community and we rely on this community to sustain these programs.” Hundreds of families, kids and dogs will join the Youth Foundation at the start line in front of the Eagle-Vail Pavilion on Thanksgiving morning. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the race will kick off at 9:30 a.m. The Turkey Trot will lead participants through Eagle-Vail and will loop back around to finish at the new Eagle-Vail Community Pool where a ribbon-cutting ceremony and finish-line party will commence. Participants are encouraged to bring their bathing suits and go for a swim at the new pool following the race. Race participation is $10/person and goes to support the Youth Foundation’s PowerHours After School programs. The PowerHours After-School programs serve nearly 1,000 students each year. “It’s not only an after school study skills and tutoring program; students also have an opportunity to better themselves through academic support and a chance to take ownership of their school career,” said Susie Davis, executive director of the Youth Foundation. Additionally, students are exposed to enrichment opportunities, from learning to play a violin, making their own golf club, playing soccer, to participating in community service projects and learning skills in character development. For more information on The Youth Foundation, its programs, volunteer opportunities or to pre-register for the Turkey Trot, visit the web site at, or phone 970-763-7000.

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