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Turkey Gobble run set for downtown Tampa


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TAMPA – Runners will take to the streets of Tampa on Thanksgiving morning to burn off some calories before the big meal.

A first-time road race, The Turkey Gobble 5K, is set for 7 a.m. Nov. 28 and will benefit the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA’s Livestong program for cancer survivors and their families.

Lalita Llerena of the YMCA said the 3.1-mile run, open to registered runners ages 6 and older, will begin at the Forum on Channelside Drive. It will take runners to Bayshore Boulevard and on to Willow Avenue, then back to the Forum.

“We want to bring families and friends together on a holiday to work out before they pig out,” Llerena said, adding that runners are able to push strollers in the race, too.

She said the organizers expect between 700 and 1,000 runners.

Awards will be given to first, second and third place male and female runners as well as for the largest corporate team and the best turkey costume. The first 100 finishers will also receive a commemorative item. Music and refreshments are part of the event.

The Livestrong program offers three months of free access to the YMCA for cancer survivors and their families. One-on-one training is also provided at no charge.

Registration fee is $25 a person ages 12 and older through Sundayand $30 after Sunday. For children ages 6 to 11, the fee is $10. Groups of five or more – registering together – get a $2 per person discount.

For registration, see www.ymca5k.com. For information, email to ymca5k@tampaymca.org or call (813) 229-1305.

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