FLEMINGTON, N.J. – The Center for Educational Advancement’s Annual Turkey Trot will once again be held here on Thanksgiving.
This will be the 27th annual staging of the spectacle that has become a holiday tradition for many families. The Turkey Trot consists of two main events: a USATF-sanctioned 5K run and a 2-mile fitness walk. More than 6,000 participants and thousands of spectators are expected this year, making it the largest of its kind in the state. Last year, participants represented 29 states and several countries.
All proceeds benefit CEA's mission of facilitating career pathways and community employment for students and adults with disabilities.
The Turkey Trot 5K run begins at 9:30 a.m. and the Fitness Walk follows at 9:40. The 2M Walk is perfect for those who want to show their support for CEA. There is a total of 67 categories of winners, including male and female, different age categories and teams. All finishers will get a custom medal featuring this year's themed Turkey.
Participants can register online. Those who cannot participate on Thanksgiving Day can still participate in the event through a virtual run/walk. Those who register by Dec. 1 will receive a keepsake Turkey Trot Finisher medal.
The following streets will be closed in stages from 6 to 11 a.m. on the day of the event: Main Street from Church Street to North Main Street; North Main Street to Hopewell Avenue; Hopewell Avenue to East Main Street; East Main Street to New Jersey Avenue; New Jersey Avenue to Elwood Avenue; Elwood Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue; Pennsylvania Avenue to Broad Street; Broad Street to New York Avenue; New York Avenue to Elwood Avenue; Elwood Avenue to Emery Avenue; Emery Avenue to Broad Street; Broad Street to Church Street; Church Street to Central Avenue; Central Avenue to Mine Street; Mine Street to Shields Avenue; Shields Avenue to Bonnell Street; Bonnell Street to Park Avenue; Park Avenue to Mine Street; and Mine Street to Main Street.
Parking will be forbidden in the following areas from 8 to 10:30 a.m. race day: South side of Bonnell Street; South side of New York Avenue between Broad Street and Elwood Avenue; East side of Elwood Avenue between New York Avenue and Emery Avenue; South side of Emery Avenue between Elwood Avenue and Broad Street.
The success of Flemington’s Turkey Trot has spawned imitators. Among them is Somerville’s 5K, which is also held Thanksgiving morning. It benefits Somerville’s Recreation Department and is now in its fourth year. Organizers are hoping for 1,000 entries this year.