Fifth Third Bank Turkey Trot

Fifth Third Bank Turkey Trot

Fifth Third Bank Turkey Trot

The Fifth Third Bank Turkey Trot in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day is celebrating 25 years of fun and tradition. The race’s success has stemmed from its connection to the Parade Company.

Runners and walkers are treated to packed crowds along the parade route. They receive short visits past the Fox and Hillberry Theatres, the DIA, the Museum of African American History and Science Center.

Last year total participation jumped 50 % to more than 7500. Almost 6500 finished the 10km Trot making it the second largest race in Michigan. Adding the Stuffing Strut 5km also helped build numbers.

Numbers this year already are up by almost 1,000. As the race director, I recommend that runners and walkers pick up their numbers and timing chips at the Cobo Center’s Michigan room on Wednesday between noon and 7 pm to avoid congestion on race morning.

Two new charities have been added. Runners are asked to donate a can of food to Capuchin Kitchen. They can also make a donation to Special Olympics and the Parade Company on their registration forms.

The theme for the 81st America’s Thanksgiving Parade is Hat’s Off Detroit. So runners are encouraged to wear a crazy hat. The Parade Company has been feverishly sewing hats for purchase at $10.
Costumes can be rented from the Parade Company and there will be a celebrity judged costume contest before the race begins. A few tickets may still be available for the runners to observe the parade from the official grandstand section.

Post race food, including bagels made fresh that morning, bananas, Ultima and Whole Food Market products will be served to all the finishers at Cobo.

For its 25th anniversary, the race is giving out knit hats to the top 100 male and female in each event. All runners whose bib number ends in 25 can pick up one at the parade like award stage.

Baggage claim has been brought back to Cobo. It is hoped that it will reduce the congestion for those walking down from Cobo’s roof top parking.

Almost 2,000 race day registrants show up at the last minute to get their timing chip and bib number. New cue lines have been added to speed up the process.

Last year’s runner log jam on John R has eliminated in favor of a Cass Avenue. Giant inflatable arches at the 5km turn around and finish line should help runners stay on the right track. Host club Downtown Runners and Walkers will be pushing runners to the left hand side of the road at two out and back sections.

The Mash Potato Mile has a new course. The kids will run start on the RiverWalk near Cobo Arena. It will loop in front of GM’s atrium and fountain gardens then return on Atwater to the red, yellow and blue arch.

If you haven’t supported a running event through volunteering this year, the trot is your opportunity. Course marshals and water station crew members are especially needed.

For more information go to the Fifth Third Turkey Trot web site at of call the hotline at 313 247-4149. Volunteers should call the Parade Company at 313 923-8368.