MIAMI COUNTY — What better way to make room for turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy and, of course, pie, than burning calories with friends and family?
More than 300 participants — and a unicorn — gathered at Tipp City’s Kyle Park for the 10th annual Tipp Turkey Trot Thursday morning.
The 5K and 10K race proceeds will benefit Ginghamsburg Church’s New Path Ministry and other mission work both local and world-wide.
A decade ago, the annual race first started in race organizer Jennifer Perrault’s garage with 25 people hitting the pavement prior to indulging in their respective family’s’ Thanksgiving feasts.
“It just grew from there each and every year. I did it with the mission in mind to help people locally and to help people globally through the mission “Miracle Offering,” Perrault said.
Race participants donated canned goods to help stock the New Path organization’s food pantry ministry prior to the start of the race.
“We at New Path are grateful for all the runners and organizers of the Turkey Trot. We touch 58,000 lives each year and that can only happen through the generosity of this great community, including those folks willing to take time on Thanksgiving to participate in this race,” said William Lutz, Executive Director of New Path Ministries.
The Miracle Offering mission through Ginghamsburg Church benefits the United Methodist Committee on Relief, a humanitarian agency which provides relief in disaster areas and combats world hunger and poverty, New Path Ministries, New Creation Counseling Center, Clubhouse, a teen-led after-school tutoring and mentoring non-profit organization to serve kids in at-risk communities and the Joshua Recovery Ministries, a housing program with Christian counseling to men with addiction.
To learn more about these organizations, visit www.ginghamsburg.org.
Dozens of participants also trekked to Treasure Island Park in Troy to take part in the annual Pilgrim Pedal 20-mile bicycle ride to Piqua and back to burn calories before the Thanksgiving meal.