Runners will hit the roads in Harley to compete in the 11th annual Crossroads Turkey Run on Saturday, October 8.
The event was started in 2010 as a way for Crossroads Congregational Church to give back to the community in a fun way.
After celebrating their 10 year anniversary in 2019, the Thanksgiving tradition was placed on hold in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are thrilled to be back again,” co-organizer Elizabeth Onifrichuk said. “So far it’s looking like we will have a great turn out.”
The fundraising event includes three different runs, a 10 km, a 5 km, and a 1 km kids fun run.
The money raised at the event is split into three directions, both local and international.
“Every year we choose a current disaster. This has been donated to the Red Cross in the past, I’m guessing this year it will go to Hurricane relief,” Onifrichuk said. “The second is the Burford Food Bank, because it’s so great to give back to those in need in our own community. The third is Village Missions. This organization helps small churches afford a pastor. Crossroads Church has been a village missions church for the past 26 years. We are happy to be able to reach out to our community through our programs and clubs.”
Runners will compete for running awards, including the coveted turkey prize. The day will also be filled with medals, other running awards and door prizes.
Competitors will take off from the starting point at Crossroads at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. Drivers in the area are asked to take caution during the race times.
Registration is still open and can be found at www.crossroadsturkeyrun.ca