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TIME TO TROT: Canton’s Thanksgiving 5K/fun run helps fight epilepsy

 TIME TO TROT: Canton’s Thanksgiving  5K/fun run helps fight epilepsy

Runners of all ages participate annually in Canton’s Turkey Trot, which benefits the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan.

Canton-area residents are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and work up an appetite for a good cause Thanksgiving morning by running or walking in Canton’s 21st annual Turkey Trot for a Cause on Thursday, Nov. 23.

All ages are urged to join in the fight against epilepsy by taking part in the chip-timed 5K race or 1-mile fun run that will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, an organization dedicated to empowering individuals with seizure disorders.

The event’s main sponsor is Gazelle Sports of Northville, which hosts bib pick-up, provides awards and supports the event each year.

This year’s race is set to start at the Summit on the Park, located at 46000 Summit Parkway in Canton, and will cover a picturesque, flat course that winds through Pheasant Run Golf course and beautiful Heritage Park, before ending back at the Summit.

Virtual option available

In addition, race organizers are once again offering a virtual option, where runners can pick the time and location to suit their preferences.

Runners having fun prior to a recent Turkey Trot
Runners having fun prior to a recent Turkey Trot

This annual tradition was started in 2003 by Michael and Terri Murray after their son, Justin, was diagnosed with epilepsy.

Wanting to do something in the fight against epilepsy to help stop seizures, find cures, and save lives, the couple worked with Canton Township to organize the first Thanksgiving Turkey Trot.

Justin Murray, who has been seizure-free since undergoing brain surgery in 2007 to remove a seizure-causing growth, continues to give back by supporting and volunteering at Canton’s Thanksgiving races, as well as volunteering at the Epilepsy Foundation’s office in Southfield, MI.

Huge fundraiser for epilepsy foundation

To date, Canton’s Turkey Trot has raised over $300,000 since its inception.

“Our Turkey Trot has become a popular holiday tradition for many in the Canton community,” said Ann-Marie Carravallah, Canton Sports Recreation Coordinator. “It’s a great opportunity for families and friends to come together, enjoy nature, and get some exercise, all while supporting a great cause.”

Runners gather outside Summit on the Park before a recent Turkey Trot
Runners gather outside Summit on the Park before a recent Turkey Trot

Pre-registration is available online at csc.canton-mi.org or by calling 734-483-5600 until Thursday, Nov. 23, at 8 a.m., when onsite registration is available. Participants registered by November 10, are guaranteed an event T-shirt.

Registration fees

Registration fees are: $35 for the chipped 5K race and $30 for the one-mile fun run or virtual run.

Participants can pick up shirts and bibs at Gazelle Sports Northville at 39737 Traditions Drive in Northville during regular store hours from Nov. 17-20.

Bib/shirt pick-up will re-open on Wednesday, Nov. 22, from 3-6 p.m. in the Summit Banquet and Conference Center, located at 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton, MI 48188.

For event information, including course map, please visit csc.canton-mi.org or call 734/483-5600.

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Ed Wright

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