Turkeys, prepare to trot!

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ThunderCloud Subs celebrates the 25th anniversary of its annual Turkey Trot this year. Photo courtesy ThunderCloud Subs
ThunderCloud Subs celebrates the 25th anniversary of its annual Turkey Trot this year. Photo courtesy ThunderCloud Subs

ThunderCloud Subs celebrates the 25th anniversary of its annual Turkey Trot this year. Photo courtesy ThunderCloud Subs

Gobblers, get ready!

I always kick off Thanksgiving with a ramble through downtown Austin alongside 20,000 of my fellow turkeys at the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot.

The 5-mile run keeps Thanksgiving from turning into an all-day sloth-fest, and I love to see people costumed as turkeys, pilgrims, Native Americans and more. Plus, there’s less guilt later in the day, when I tuck away an extra slice of pecan pie.

ThunderCloud Subs hopes to register 25,000 runners for this year's Turkey Trot. Photo courtesy ThunderCloud Subs

ThunderCloud Subs hopes to register 25,000 runners for this year’s Turkey Trot. Photo courtesy ThunderCloud Subs

This year the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot celebrates its 25th anniversary. (The restaurant also celebrated its 40th birthday in 2015. Did you snag one of those 1975-priced sandwiches earlier this year?) The Trot started with 600 runners in 1991. Today it ranks as the second largest Thanksgiving Day run in Texas. Organizers hope to register 25,000 people in honor of this year’s anniversary.

The event includes a 5-mile run, 1-mile walk and a Kids K. All begin and end at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

The 5-mile race might make you feel better about the pumpkin pie you'll eat later in the day. Photo courtesy ThunderCloud Subs

The 5-mile race might make you feel better about the pumpkin pie you’ll eat later in the day. Photo courtesy ThunderCloud Subs

Awards will go to overall and age group winners, plus top finishers in maternity, baby jogger, wheelchair, Longhorn, Red Raider and Team Challenge categories.

Anyone can buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Honda Accord or merchandise from Mellow Johnny’s. Tickets are $25 or five for $100, and are available online at http://www.thundercloud.com or at packet pickup.

The Kids K begins at 8:45 a.m., the timed 5-mile run at 9:30 a.m., followed immediately by the untimed 5-mile run and the 1-mile walk. The awards ceremony starts at 10:40 a.m.

Online registration for the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot is $25 for the untimed 5-mile, $30 for the timed 5-mile, $20 for the 1-mile walk, and $8 for the Stepping Stone School Kids’ K. Proceeds benefit Caritas of Austin, which helps people move out of poverty toward self-sufficiency.

To register go here.

Some runners don costumes for the annual Turkey Trot. Photo courtesy ThunderCloud Subs

Some runners don costumes for the annual Turkey Trot. Photo courtesy ThunderCloud Subs


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