Over 2,000 runners expected for annual Thanksgiving race

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Runners at the start of the 2014 Turkey Trot. Photo courtesy of the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity.
Runners at the start of the 2014 Turkey Trot. Photo courtesy of the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity.

Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity is expecting more than 2,000 runners to participate in the 11th Annual Turkey Trot in Wrightsville Beach.

The 5K race, presented by Stevens Fine Homes and held the morning of Thanksgiving, benefits the organization, with all of the proceeds going toward a Habitat home that will be built in 2016.

The race’s route follows the popular Wrightsville Beach Loop. Prizes will be given out for the fastest runners overall by gender and in each age group as well as for the fastest team and the largest team. Participants are encouraged to dress up, and awards will be given for the best individual costume as well as for the most spirited and Thanksgiving-themed team. There will also be a one-mile fun run.

According to Cape Fear Habitat, the race has grown tremendously in the last couple of years, nearly doubling in size.

“This new level of excitement and participation is great to see,” said Habitat’s Executive Director Steve Spain. “As the race grows, so does the awareness of Habitat’s work and mission for affordable housing.”

The 5K race, which costs $35, begins at 8:30 a.m. and the one-mile run/walk, which costs $15, begins at 8:35 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 26. Online registration is open until midnight on Monday, Nov. 23. In-person registration will be available during packet pick-up on Wednesday, Nov. 25 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Mayfaire or the morning of the race at Wrightsville Beach Park.