Turkey trotting is a great tradition to get some exercise and benefit local charities before a Thanksgiving meal. Check out this article for details on two local ones — Hopewell Valley and Trinity Church in Princeton.

6th Annual Hopewell Valley 5K Turkey Trot

Thursday, November 26, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Pennington, NJ 08534 (park entrance is just north of Federal City Road and Blackwell Road intersection)

Prizes for the top overall male and female finishers and first three in each age group: 13 & under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 plus. The fee is $25.

Keeping in the spirit of the day, there will be a collection table for canned goods if you would like to donate. All items will be sent to a local food pantry. Race day entry fee discounted to $23 with donation of 2 canned goods!

8th Annual Trinity Turkey Trot

Thursday, November 26, 2015 at 8:30 AM
Trinity Church 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ

The 2014 race attracted a record 1,500 runners and walkers. The 5K is run on the historic and legendary streets of Princeton and has become a tradition for many area families. The race is a sanctioned Grand Prix event by the USA Track and Field organization.

Four local charities benefit from this year’s 5K Run and Walk: The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County, Urban Promise of Trenton, Trenton Children’s Chorus, and Housing Initiatives of Princeton.

$40 for walk-up registration

There are 17 different age brackets running from 9 and under to 85 and older. The winners will be presented with medals, and both men and women first place finishers in each bracket will receive a pie to add to their Thanksgiving celebration.  This year’s race is also sponsored by 15 area businesses.

Each runner is encouraged to bring with them canned food items that will be donated to The Crisis Ministry, whose van will be located in the race registration area at Trinity Church, located at 33 Mercer Street in Princeton.  Registration can be made on line at

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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