Imagine every 5K you’ve ever run. Now imagine a 5K the way Palm Beach does a 5K – a boutique race that’s fun and philanthropic, with a lovely bag of swag waiting at the finish line.
That’s the Town of Palm Beach United Way Turkey Trot 5K, the one and only sanctioned run permitted on the island. Proceeds from the Thanksgiving Day event provide holiday meals for thousands of local families in need.
“It’s my most favorite social event of the year,” says Cara Coniglio McClure, a native Palm Beacher who has co-chaired the event since its inception 8 years ago. “You don’t have to be in black tie, and it’s really family-oriented.”
In addition to the Gobble Wobble (for children 8 years old and younger), this year’s event will cater to little ones with face-painting, a temporary tattoo artist, bubbles and kids-only goodie bags.
Another new twist for 2016? An Instagram contest for the best-dressed runner, part of a new costume contest designed to amp up the festivity level. The winner gets a two-night stay at The Breakers. Incentive enough?
From the starting point at Bradley Park, the course loops around the North End and returns to the park via the Lake Trail – 3.1 miles past some of the prettiest scenery and finest homes in all of South Florida.
The event is presented by Livingston Builders and Wally Findlay Gallery. McClure and Lisa Wilkinson, Realtors® with Brown Harris Stevens and frequent advertisers in the Palm Beach Real Estate Guide, are gold-level sponsors. Other sponsors include Guide regulars Hall Real Estate and Christian Angle Real Estate.
The 5K goes off at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24, so participants are asked to make their way to the starting line by 7:15 a.m. Gobble Wobblers should be at the start by 8:10 a.m. Packet pickup is at First Watch Palm Beach, 1703 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22 and Wednesday, Nov. 23.
The town caps the number of runners at 1,300, and McClure says the event sells out every year. So go online and reserve your spot right now.