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Tallahassee's Turkey Trot 2020 goes virtual

Keeping one of Tallahassee's biggest events going.
Posted at 5:25 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 17:25:21-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — But this year's Turkey Trot will not be attracting thousands to the Big Bend area. For safety reasons, it will be virtual.

Around 5,000 people look forward to this run every Thanksgiving morning, but this year, people will be waking on their own to limit the spread of COVID-19 locally.

This year organizers are using a new strategy. Instead of one day for the walk, they are turning it into a weekend virtual event.

People can walk at their own pace with family and friends while supporting the local organizations that benefit from the money raised, like the Kearney Center or Elder Care Services.

Jane Johnson and her family have walked the Turkey Trot each year for 20 years and say this year may be better because you can get creative.

"The virtual Turkey Trot is actually a way to bring our family together, so even though I'll miss the excitement of 5,000 people lining up for a huge race, it's really special this year that we can do this differently," said Johnson.

The race has been impacted heavily with the pandemic seeing registration take a hit.

They are encouraging people to remember the event is to help the community.

The Turkey Trot so far only has about 505 people registered.

If you'd like to participate, you can still register by clicking here.