Troy Turkey Trot takes steps to reduce COVID risk

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TROY — Organizers of the 105th anniversary Troy Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning have released a series of guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for all participants, spectators and volunteers.

“Since the pandemic is still with us, it’s important we take additional steps to keep everyone safe,” said Troy Turkey Trot Event Director George Regan. “At this year’s event, we will be implementing several measures to create a healthy environment for runners, spectators, and event volunteers.”

Precautionary measures for the 2021 Troy Turkey Trot include:

PACKET PICK-UP

  • A drive-thru packet pick-up will be held Saturday, Nov. 20, Sunday, Nov. 21 and Wednesday, Nov. 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Italian Community Center, 1450 5th Ave, Troy, NY, 12180.
  • In-person packet pick-up will take place at the Troy Atrium on Thanksgiving morning (6 a.m. to 15 minutes before each event) in a “one-way” format. Participants will enter the Troy Atrium on Third Street and exit onto 4th Street to their start corral.
  • All runners will receive a bottle of hand sanitizer in their packets.

 RACE DAY

  • Masks will be made available to participants and spectators in the Troy Atrium. They must be worn at the starting line but can be removed out on the course. Face coverings must be worn again in the finish area.
  • Spectators are required to wear a mask at all times.
  • Limited baggage check will be offered in the Troy Atrium.
  • Running in groups is discouraged unless you are from the same household.
  • 8-ounce water bottles are available to runners at the Trot’s water stop. The water stop tables will be extended to ease congestion.
  • Limited refreshments will be offered in the finish chute area. Upon exiting the finish chute, all participants are urged to leave the event site.
  • There will be no finish-line gathering, awards ceremony or warm-ups.
  • All age group and team awards will be mailed.

“We are expecting thousands of runners, walkers and spectators at the event and we must remain vigilant to keep ourselves and our families safe,” Regan said. “By social distancing, wearing a mask and getting vaccinated, we can all do our part to stop the spread of the virus.”

For more information and to register for the 5K, 10K, Grade School Mile, Turkey Walk and costume contest, visit TroyTurkeyTrot.com.

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