2nd Annual Rowayton Turkey Trot at Bayley Beach

Work off Thanksgiving dinner in advance by joining the 2nd annual Rowayton Turkey Trot on Thursday, November 22. This year’s charity 5K/1M family fun run/walk will benefit the Rowayton Arts Center.

The race begins at 9 a.m. at Bayley Beach. Prizes will be awarded to the first male, female, girl, boy and stroller to cross the finish line. There also will be a prize for the best Thanksgiving costume worn by a participant.  The fee (a charitable donation) is: adults/with strollers $20 on-line pre-race day ($30 at race) … $10 for ages 9-17 … kids 8 and under free.

Get full information and register at www.rowaytonartscenter.org.  Registration forms also can be picked up at the Rowayton Arts Center.

Sponsors include Darien-Rowayton Bank, Runners’ Roost, SoNo Marketplace, State Farm Insurance and Triple S Carpet & Drapery Cleaners.

Rowayton residents Paul Wolters and Cameron Letters, the event organizers, say that the idea for a Rowayton Turkey Trot occurred when they returned from a Thanksgiving Day run in another town.   They tested the idea last year, sending e-mails inviting friends to join them in a race on Thanksgiving morning. The response was enthusiastic and a new charity event was born.

The Rowayton Arts Center was selected as the beneficiary of the 2012 Turkey Trot because it’s been a community cultural hub for more than 50 years.  In its 106-year-old building, RAC hosts 10 exhibitions each year, a popular Holiday Gift show, lectures and musical events plus classes and workshops for creative people of all ages. RAC also presents cooperative arts events with other community organizations and underwrites arts education programs for youngsters.